Me: I don't know what is wrong with Fluffy* lately, she is acting like such a grumpy old bitch.
Marko (under his breath): Sounds familiar
Me: She keeps snapping and growling at Shelley, I feel so sorry for her
Marko (mumbles): I can relate
Me: Maybe it is hormonal. Do you think it will help if we have her spayed?
Marko (with deadpan expression): Well, I had you spayed and it made no difference to you. I am not sure it will help.
Cheeky bugger!! (Only part of that is true, I am 'spayed' but I am not a grumpy old bitch! Not really. And anyway, I do not growl. Often.)
Serious question for dog people - Fluffy is two years old and really has become grumpy lately. She used to adore Shelley but now she seems a bit bipolar - one minute she loves Shelley and the next minute she wants to bite her head off. Literally. Shelley is spayed, Fluffy is not. Do you think it will help if she is spayed? Why do you think she is acting like she has PMS lately?
Another serious question - Fluffy is a rescue dog. She was rescued from the township when she was a young puppy (8 weeks). She has been with us for two years where she has always had plenty to eat and yet she still behaves like every meal is her last meal which someone (Shelley) might take away from her. Do you think that is just because of her personality or is it because of her origins?
*Kate has elected herself as official 'giver of names' to all the pets. She is not great at it, but no one is prepared to challenge her for the role. Fluffy is the most unlikely name for the dog. Firstly, she is not at all fluffy, her coat is short and fine. Secondly, she is a mix breed pavement special with rottweiler and staffie in her. Plus a dash of German Shepard and heaven knows what else. She looks pretty scary. Not exactly the cute and fluffy type.
Kate and Fluffy:
The ever patient Shelley waiting at the side of the pool with the grumpy old bitch (not me this time) lurking in the background.