“I know, I know — I’m still a dog, but now all these people are looking at me,” Mara said. “Life felt simpler when all I had to focus on was being me. You know just doing my things — things like stealing ham from the counter, snuggling in the bed, and chasing deer. You know, dog things.”
“But you’re so cute and interesting,” I replied.
“Really? You think I’m cute and interesting? Then why are you scolding me all the time and telling me how spoiled I am? Do you like me, or not?”
“Of course, we like you. Have you not notice the attention you get?” I asked.
“I have and it’s a bit confusing. One minute it’s cute and funny to bark at the deer and the next minute you are telling me to shush. Although stealing ham is frowned upon, you see fit to tell the story to the world. And the photos! I hate having my picture taken. The boy is putting me on Instagram. You are putting me on Medium. I didn’t ask for this.”
I sighed and thought for a moment. This dog of mine really makes me think.
“Here’s the thing Mara — You’ve got a lot to offer. You are a good example of a dog just doing dog things. Audiences are finding happiness through your antics. Maybe you are teaching a thing or two, you know, about being a dog.”
“I’m worried that the attention is changing me. I just want to do the things I love — without pressure — expectation,” she replied.
I understand where she’s coming from, but since she’s a dog and is really incapable of understanding concepts like the internet, I think we’ll continue to share her antics with the world.
She can handle it.