It's only natural that a man would want his dog to exude a certain flair, a point of view, a dogly elegance. Freud would have a field day, but a dog, after all, is a manifestation of a world view.
To that end, dogs have expectations of us too. Let down the side and there is hell to pay.
Yesterday, I let down the side. Pooh was too matted to brush , and Charlie came home from a walk in the woods full of burrs and vermin, so I called for a day at the groomers.
They are not amused. I can only barely tell them apart. Charlie has furrier ears, and tail.
If you pay attention, you can read a dog's questions by its demeanor. Both are asking why I couldn't wait a month, or at least until it warmed up a tad.
Perhaps you had to have been there.
7 hours ago