I had a strange new emotion last night. A friend of ours texted me looking for a hot date by today at the latest, and I got a little upset.
A little background is due at this point.
We have a beautiful yellow Labrador retriever named Remi. Our friends have her sister from the previous litter, and both dogs have the same pair of parents. Our dogs are virtually twins, even though they are a year apart in age.
Our dog Remi has been spayed, which resulted in some hard feelings between her and me at the vet, and two completely shattered plastic cone collars at home, because she just wasn’t having any of it.
Their dog, on the other hand, is not spayed, and as far as I know, has never shattered a plastic “cone of shame” on a door jamb.
They are currently trying to breed her.
The text last night was this: “Hey, we’re trying to breed our dog right now. She’s in heat and we’ve been trying with a young Lab for two days, but he’s just not interested. Do you know of anyone wanting to breed their male Lab?”
At this point, my first thought, of course, was that “Gigolo Retriever” would be a great name for a rock band.
My second thought was that unfortunately, I didn’t know any available male Labs looking for love, so I texted back saying no, and then, out of nowhere, I got pretty defensive.
What the hell is wrong with this idiot male dog? Why won’t he mate with our girls? Are our Labs not good enough for him? Our dogs are beautiful!
Hmm… where is this emotion coming from? My dog and I are not even involved in this failed transaction. Why am I taking this personally?
Still, though, what is wrong with our girls? Nothing, that’s what!! They are good looking bitches, and any pure-bred Lab yahoo would be lucky to even get to sniff their butts!
Wow. Seriously. Not even my dog. I don’t even know the male dog. I literally have nothing to do with any of this. Settle down.
At that point, however, I was too curious not to ask. “What’s wrong with the male?”
Our friend responded, “Not sure. He mounts her, does a few hip tucks, then jumps off and sniffs the grass. We think he might be gay. Ha ha.”
So, obviously, my first thought was “The Gay Labradors” would be a great name for an alt-rock bagpipe troupe.
My second thought was, yeah, he’s probably gay. That makes the most sense, because our girls are amazing.
Apparently, I’m weirdly loyal to my dog. Who knew? I think that’s probably normal, though.
At least, I’m going to decide it is.
Who’s the best girl?!!!
See you soon,
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