Seek not to understand that you may believe, but believe that you may understand. – Saint Augustine
There are all kinds of people in this world. In fact, no two are alike. It is good that way, I think, Life is interesting, and diverse. If we were all robotic clones of one another…. all the same… well… just a big old YUK if you ask me.
As it turns out, every species on earth is this way. No two cats are alike, no two butterflies, or Yeti’s or monkeys are the same. Each and every one is different.
This goes for dogs too. There are a bazillion different kinds of canines. However, when it comes to fetching, there are just two types.
Those who fetch. And those who do not.
Here is how to tell the difference, as far in as I can tell.
YOU, human, have the ball. And you throw it. You then proceed to jump up and down excitedly, and shout…. “Where’s the ball girl? Where’s the ball? Go get the ball girl.”
Then, the attention shifts to the dog. Fetcher or Non-Fetcher.
BOTH types of dogs have the initial response.
“You dumb lug. You just threw the ball AGAIN… halfway across the dang yard. You know DARN WELL where it is.”
Now, the Fetching type follows this line of thought.
“Dumb lug. … halfway across the yard… you know where it is. Or DO you? Maybe you are a halfwit of a species… and you know not what you have done. After all, you pee in the house, and you haven’t learned to sniff butts yet. Gawd, I feel so sorry for you. I’ll go get you the ball. But SO HELP ME… do NOT throw that thing again… you dumb oaf. (I’ll never understand those humans.)”
And the Non-Fetching dog follows this line of thought.
“Dumb lug. … halfway across the yard… you know where it is. ….. Yes… you know exactly where it is. I hate it when you are condescending… thinking I am some halfwitted churl. You get the ball if you want it so badly. And SO HELP ME… do NOT throw that thing again… you dumb galoot.(I’ll never understand those humans.)”
Yes. Two types. Those who coddle and those who shirk.
It even sounds like breeds…
Coddle Spaniels. And German Shirkers.
Either way… I like them both…. and the wonderful variation.
With dogs…. and with life.
It keeps me on my toes. Because this human dullard keeps throwing tennis balls.
Some come back my way… and others are rolling into other yards…..
Do not seek to bring things to pass in accordance with your wishes, but wish for them as they are, and you will find them. – Epictetus