Dear Tango,

Is it possible to be cursed with cuteness?  When I’ve been naughty, I think I’m glad I’m cute cuz apparently it keeps me from any discipline at all, but I don’t think it’s worth it.
Everyone yips and squeals over how cute I am.  They get right in my face and they squish and they kiss and I don’t even know them.
Even if I grrr to tell them to go away, they just giggle n squish more.
I am on the edge, this close to removing a cooing person’s nose.  Please help me!


Too Cute For My Own Good



Dear Too Cute,

Cute does have a way of making human brains fall on the floor.

Thankfully I have size and urban legend to keep too many strangers from pawing at me but even I have to deal with those “It’s OK, Dogs Love Me” people.  You know who you are, so I would like to take this opportunity to tell you, on behalf of little cute little dogs and huge magnificent dogs like me, to Step Off!

Like humans, we dogs need our personal space to be respected.  If we want to be squished, mauled and kissed, we’ll let you know; we will come to you and build to that comfort level.  If you just assume that is what a dog wants, you may also safely assume we won’t like you and if we don’t bite you for it, you may consider yourself lucky!

Smart dog owners and people who genuinely love dogs, know to love us the way we need to be loved, not to impose their own needy, weird will upon us.

Give us space.  Let us come to you.  If we want to walk away, let us.  Earn our trust.  Then, together, we will establish a dynamic that works for both of us.

Until then, “Dogs Love Me” people, of all ages, whether dogs are small and cute or big and beautiful, back off a little and mind your manners!

There, my cute little friend, I hope my big voice, added to your wee grrrs, will help the squishers understand where we’re coming from.



Topic: Ask Tango

Posted 2 February 2015, 9:55AM

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