Someone sent me a column recently for my perusal; it was entitled "What should you do if your dog doesn't like your date?"
It made me smile -- and snicker just a little. My bichon-poo doesn't like anyone who comes near me, so I'm not sure she'd be an accurate barometer of a date's worthiness. Anyone or anything that takes my attention away from Gypsy is pretty much an adversary in her big brown eyes.
On the other hand, dogs do tend to have good instincts for the most part that I'd generally trust. In Gypsy's case, though, she was mistreated by the man who owned her before me, so she's wired to be distrustful of men. With her point of view thus skewed, she'll run in and nip at anyone who moves quickly, arms waving.
The last guy I dated -- who's hyper and very expressive -- started out as a chew toy but ended up her best buddy. They just needed some time to learn each other's habits and bond.
See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for the full story.