Sobering Moment: When I Yell at the Dog, I'm Actually Yelling at Myself

It’s true. When I give my pooch, Graham, a hard time for his extreme laziness and Jell-O Jiggler body composition, I’m actually yelling at myself. I discovered it the other month. Don’t believe me? Well, let’s look at some things I’ve said to Graham.

1. “Graham, you’re the flabbiest.”
2. “Do something with your life, Graham.”
4. “Did you make any money today, Graham?”
5. (very sarcastic) “Looks like someone had another very big day!”
6. “Graham, you’re so flabby that you jiggle.”

I’m projecting my own insecurities on to the dog! It’s true!! Granted, he is very flabby and lazy, but I had no idea a few months ago of this projection. Poor Graham-bo. So maybe that’s why he got two chewies tonight instead of one. “That’s right, Graham … I’m sorry. Here, eat something for a change.” 

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6 thoughts on “Sobering Moment: When I Yell at the Dog, I'm Actually Yelling at Myself

  1. Chuck

    Do not feel bad for this cuddly fluffball. He gets OODLES of love from me and my wife. One may even say he is a bit spoiled, which may be the reason for his laziness.

  2. AG

    Yelling at cats is a whole other story. I’ve certainly gotten "Yeah, you’re having a bad day and it has nothing to do with me, so I’m going over *here*" looks from my cats.

    Or maybe *that’s* just projection.

  3. Anne Gallagher

    That’s funny, yet so true. My own two are called, "My little fat boy dogs." So what does that say about me? I could probably stand to walk around the block a few days a week. Don’t worry, that’s what dogs are for, they can handle it. Remember Dog spelled backwards is God, and isn’t that what God is for, to give him all our troubles. Just a thought.


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