My wife has 3 Chihuahuas which, as it turns out, is the exact number too many. The oldest of the three is Cookie. Cookie is generally a sweet dog with a tolerant disposition.
But in the above picture she looks a little psychotic.
Why? Here are the possibilities–see if you can guess which one is true…
1. She just listened to “Weird” Al Yankovic’s new album Mandatory Fun. It’s good. Real good. I should know–I’m a big ‘ol nerd.
2. She knows it’s almost Shark Week and was working on her best shark impression. Wouldn’t a Chihuahua Shark be terrifying?
3. I asked her what she thought about mayonnaise. Even Chihuahuas know mayonnaise is not fit for human (or canine) consumption.
4. She has an audition for an upcoming Colgate commercial and was working on her smile. It needs more work. A LOT more work.
5. We have a Doberman puppy that she DOES NOT LIKE.
If you picked #5, you are correct. None of our Chihuahuas like poor Beulah. That’s right, I named our puppy Beulah; mostly so I could call her crate “Beulah Land.” If you don’t get that lame attempt at a joke it means you haven’t spent much time in a Baptist Church.
Anyway, the Chihuahuas don’t like our new puppy and make sure she is aware of this as much as possible. But all of their growling isn’t going to change things; Beulah is here to stay.
When what they growl about isn’t going to change, their growling is a waste of time.
And the same is true for us. There are some things that can and will change; there are some things that will never change. Growling and griping about what will never change will give us less time and energy to work on those things that can be changed.
Maybe Cookie will one day learn this; hopefully we will, too.
What are some other reasons Cookie might look this way? How are you doing at not growling at things that you have no control over?