- I’m a nonbeliever
- I grew up attending a synagogue, not a church, and synagogues don’t have choirs
- It’s a tired cliche, and I try to avoid those
But the topic came up when Karen Friesecke, DIY queen and blogger at Doggie Stylish, suggested that Friday’s avoiding puppy mills post was preaching to the choir because no one who read my blog would ever consider buying a dog via the internet.
I’m going to let you read through the responses to that comment because this post isn’t so much about generally speaking to an audience of converts but about a specific example: The guy I talked trash about in my Sex & the Single Dog Blogger post.
The only reason I felt comfortable putting that up was that I was certain the guy never read my blog — which was part of the problem I perceived with the relationship.
I was wrong.
I got this email the other day:
It may hearten you to know that Buster and I have just successfully completed his first session of learning how to sit. Yea! He’s ready (and so am I) to learn. I might add that he has picked it up almost immediately [….] I felt badly about punching him the other day. It’s really not his fault and he loves to please. He just hasn’t been properly taught yet. So I am committing the time to teach him at least the basics of behaving in public.
I had read your bio and some of your blogs before but was unaware you had made an example of me as an unenlightened dog owner when I looked at your site again. I am not offended by your observations….
First — wow! I wouldn’t be nearly as understanding. If someone had been even slightly negative about me in public, even anonymously, I would be furious and probably never speak to that person again. So credit where credit is due — and extra credit for following through with dog training.
And I’ll assign blame where it belongs. You know what they say about people who assume… So I’m an ass. But one who is capable of learning too. I will never again make public what should be private, even though I’m pleased with the outcome this time — i.e., the dog training and the consciousness raising.
I would have said “Mea culpa” but that’s kind of, you know, religious.