What does this have to do with dogs? Well, because today is Friday the 13th and people blame Friday the 13th the same way they blame computers (and computer technicians) for their problems. Personally, I enjoy when the 13th day falls on Fridays because I love to sit and watch people squirm. Call it a quirk. Call it sadistic. Call it whatever you want. It's a bit mean. I know. What can I say? I can't help it. People get themselves SO worked up! It makes me laugh. Generally these are the same people who haven't ever got anything nice to say when I walk in the door other than "Finally! This thing hasn't worked all year. Why can't you just give me a new one?"
I was speaking with a lady in the office this morning about her Chocolate Labrador Retriever. Apparently she was getting ready to eat her breakfast this morning but put it down on the table to help her child zip up his jacket. When she turned around the dog had eaten her muffin. She blamed this on it being Friday 13th ... the son who was right beside her and said the dog eats things all the time. So what was it really? Was it because she wanted something to gripe about? Was it because she doesn't notice when this happens on other days? Was the son exaggerating? I would say it is a bit of all these things mixed together. Generally the truth lies somewhere in the middle.
Enter eerie music ... *Doom Doom Doom Doom*
While I didn't tell her what I thought (she really didn't want to know and I really didn't want to get fired), I was thinking something along the lines of this ...
Stop blaming things like days of the week for your animals' mismanagement. Spend some time and train your dog. You would be surprised at the outcome if you accept that the fault is your lack of guidance and actually work to remedy some of those behaviours - NOT Friday the 13th.
Who knows, maybe if you work to remedy this with your dog the next time Friday the 13th comes around you won't lose your muffin?
*then what would she have to complain about?*