Tuesday, 5 November 2019

"And he knows it..."



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?


14 comments:

  1. SHE usually says thanks but sometimes adds, but I wish they were better behaved!

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  2. Hari OM
    BOL... oh dear, Bertie lad, you had me cackling out loud again this early (and very dark) morning. However, dear fellow, I must point out that Gail is merely summarising exactly the phrase you have provided. By stating "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" you are absolutely making it clear that you DO know you are gorgeous!!! Hugs and wags, The Devil's Advocate...errrrr... I mean, YAM-aunty xxx

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  3. she starts to grin when people sind that aww&ooh song... because she knows how we really are LOL

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  4. BOL BOL BOL Bertie,
    I'm pretty sure the proper translation of "oh yes gorgeous, and he knows it" is in fact:

    "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".
    I like to say if you got, flaunt it. And good buddy you got it!!
    Hugs Cecilia

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  5. Momma says that she gets more people telling her how gorgeous I am than any of her previous dogs. If I wasn't a rescue, I could be a show dog! Momma always just smiles and says "Thank you!"

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  6. You are gorgeous Bertie and the way you carry yourself shows that you are a confident pup. Of course you know you are handsome.

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  7. Of course you're gorgeous Bertie - we all know that!
    In the summer there are lots of tourists here, and I must confess that I get a tremendous amount of fuss and compliments too. Especially when we are down on the promenade by the sea or in caf├ęs and restaurants. My hooman always says thank you and tells them that I am a beautifully behaved girl. Aren't I lucky too?

    Love,
    Inca xx

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  8. Wow...that's funny, Mama says the same thing when people compliment me...
    xoxo,
    Arty

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  9. I'm sorry Bertie, but Gail is also quite admirable. You are very lucky to have her. ;-)

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  10. nothing wrong with having confidence in who you are!!!
    hugs
    Mabel & Hilda

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  11. I have the same problem. They really should give us kibble for the right to be in the same place as us.

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  12. OF COURSE you knows it! Geesh. You are a terrierist, after all! We are the bestest lookin' of all the doggie species!!! hehehehee
    Ma gets this all the time too ~ I'm not sure what she says...all I hear is blah, blah, blah, blah...yes she is a FABulous dog, I wish I had a whole pack of them! Okays, that may be what I IMAGINE she says, butts really, could she say anything else?????
    Kisses,
    Ruby ♥
    pees: I NEVER gets the 'well behaved' line.....☺

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  13. Dear Bertie,

    You are gorgeous indeed! And handsome too!

    I got asked yesterday if I was a wolf! This is not quite gorgeous or handsome, but it's still pretty good.

    Licks,
    Cobi

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  14. Hahaha, our mom says the EXACT same thing about ME Bertie! I am very beautiful and I know how to work it for sure!

    Your super-model friend Kiki

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