I am a pet parent. This means I do all of the silly things pet parents do.
I brag about my dog (his name is Toby and he is adorable).
I buy my dog Christmas and birthday gifts.
I take my dog for walks and allow others to oohhh and ahhh over him. He is a grey Weimaraner and is often complimented on his good looks.
I also give my dog regular baths (which he hates).
I am not a pet parent that puts my dog in Halloween costumes.
He has several coats but he only wears them when we go running in the county because I’m worried somebody will think he’s a deer from afar and take a shot. Also, he has had several run-ins with barbed wire and the coats help protect him at least a little bit.
Normally, I’m a very proud pet parent.
I post pictures of Toby on Facebook and often send snapshots to my family back in Wisconsin.
But recently, Toby was very bad.
He got ahold of something at a friend’s house that he should’ve known better than to mess with.
I know he has no idea why I’m mad at him. He crawls up to me on his belly looking for a scratch behind the ears or under the chin.
He’s still so cute, but he was so bad, I just can’t act like nothing happened.
So what do I do?
I’ve been reminding him that he is a bad dog — despite knowing he has no idea what I’m talking about.
I’ve been withholding his regular ration of scratches on the chin and belly rubs.
I feel bad for doing this, but I just can’t believe he did what he did.
So what do most people do when their dogs misbehave?
I did some observing this week and for the most part, it looks like people provide a simple scolding and move on.
Others may provide the dog with a smack on the snout when they get into something they shouldn’t or lick where they shouldn’t.
But that seems too simple. Maybe the pet parent in me thinks he remembers what he did and he should feel bad about it.
I’m not sure what to do, but this week, I’m a disappointed pet parent.
Kristen Czaban is the managing editor of The Sheridan Press.