Dear Dr. Spot,
I gave my owner the shock of her lifetime the other day when she found me in my human sister’s closet, trying on her clothes (and loving it!). I feel especially pretty wearing her “hair extensions” but that’s beside the point.
I can’t figure out my owner’s obsession with doggie gender because I was born a male, but she’s the one who had me “neutered” as a young pup. Now she’s gone off the deep end and is trying to make up for the years she’s adorned me with everything blue—collars, sweaters, booties, you name it, and has purchased all new accessories for me in pink—to “make me feel more comfortable”, she said. (Just so you know, pink looks ghastly with my fur tones!).
She tends to hover and obsess anyway, and now it seems I’ve given her something else to bug me about. How do I get my otherwise good owner to calm down about my personal choices?
Charles, er, Charlotte, Saratoga Springs, New York
First, congrats on your transition! It’s always healthier to come out of (your sister’s) closet and let the world love you for who you really are. And look at it this way: at least you won’t have to produce your birth certificate to go to the bathroom! Isn’t it great that no matter our gender, or gender identity, we dogs can eliminate wherever we please…within reason.
Now, about your obsessive owner. I think she’s got a case of the liberal guilts, and is going overboard trying to show you how accepting she is, which isn’t all bad. I’ll bet you can score lots of treats if you look pleased for just a few minutes and trot around in one of your new pink sweaters!
But why don’t we also try to curb your owner’s enthusiasm a bit. Let me suggest you purchase the following books to help enlighten the old gal on your true feelings: Pink Is For Girls, Blue Is For Boys and You Are A Dolt, by Tom Foreman, How To “Not Act A Fool” About Your Dog’s Gender Transition, by Betty Rambone, and my personal favorite, ahem… Gender Freedom for Dogs: Dr. Spot’s Top Ten (NON-SURGICAL) Tips!
Keep me updated on your owner’s transition, Charlotte.