Do you know, people quite often stop in the street when they see me out for a walk, and they say to Gail: "Oh, your dog is GORGEOUS", or words to that effect.
I must admit I always thought I was the only dog in the world who elicited such favourable comments, but Gail tells me that no, in fact she's encountered more or less the same reaction to every dog she's ever walked. And moreover she suspects that the dog so ugly that he has no admirers has not yet been born.
Well that's as maybe, but what I want to discuss today is how one's human should respond to these compliments.
Gail insists that simply saying "thank you" doesn't quite cut it, as it seems to imply that it's her rather than me who is being praised (and frankly that is highly improbable...)
To my mind, an appropriate reply might be along the lines of:
"Well yes, he is gorgeous, and not only that, he is smart, well-behaved, and has such a likeable temperament. Truly, he is perfection in canine form".
But I regret to have to inform you that Gail usually replies thus:
"Oh yes, gorgeous, AND HE KNOWS IT...."
The more astute among my readers will recognise this as something short of wholehearted praise.
Tell me, fellow pups, what does your human say in similar circumstances?