Tuesday, March 16, 2010

My Life As A Dog

I said, a few posts back that I'd been considering helping my dog blog. Well, I'm doing it. Not instead of this blog, but along with it. She's got her own blog  and it's fun and it's easy. Not only that, but it's really  therapeutic after a day of dealing with  funding cuts and whatnot. I can take a break from human concerns and the Big Picture out there and really contemplate the joy of squirrel chasing.

This post is not meant to promote Lola's blog. In fact, I don't even know if I'm going to blogroll her. So far she won't blogroll me as hers is for animals only. No, this is more along the lines of a confession, because we went fully anthropomorphic on her blog. Yes, she's blogging in the first person and I'm just the ghostwriter. It's a little embarassing because  I'm  normally kind of nauseated by cutesy stuff.  but I have to say that a fair number of blogging dogs out there are anything but cutesy. Quite a few have a pretty acerbic wit.

Of course there are those who argue that anthropomorphism isn't just silly, it's  wrong, wrong, wrong. We must accept our furry, feathered or scaled brethren  for what they are and not try to make them human and all that. Maybe. But where's the fun in that for anyone? Dogs and humans have lived, worked and played side by side for thousands of years. I think we're capable of understanding each other pretty well by now.  Doing things this way has the side effect of making me look at things from what might really be her point of view. The only thing is, I think that all this attention may be going to her head, just a little.


  1. I often find myself "quoting" dogs when talking to friends...like "so then she said 'wanna go for another walk once you get done cleaning my puke off the backseat?'"...and nobody's questioned the veracity of my translations yet...so far be it from me to criticize dog bloggers for anthropomorphism...besides, there are some really great dog blogs out there...

  2. Well as one who speaks with their dog all the time and understands exactly what he is telling me.. I find your Dog Blog refreshing...

    Good job and I hope it works out for you. Sounds very interesting.

  3. I agree with both of you. Dogs make themselves perfectly clear and even a moderately intelligent one will understand you well enough for a basic conversation. Ours tells me what kind of day it's been at the house as soon as I get in the door at night.