I Saw a Xenophobe in the Mirror and I Like Her

The More I Know Some People, The  More I Love My Dog

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Xenophobia, the fear of people who are different from one’s self. ~ Wikipedia

I shared on Facebook last week that I decided to stop talking about dogs at my day job.  What I learned is that I don’t have a whole lot to say. I truly didn’t think I talked about dogs so much, but apparently I’m a blabber mouth about our pups.

What’s ironic (I think this is ironic) is that one of the many reasons I started this blog was to give myself an outlet for my constant canine chatter – just made it worse I guess.

Oh well.

Another thing I’ve learned about myself is that I don’t like people.

Okay, so that’s a bit of a strong statement.  What I meant to say is that dealing with people can be difficult at times; exhausting, really.  And there are days when I just want to hide at home and wallow in the love of our dogs.

Our dogs don’t have egos

Our dogs appreciate the smallest kind gesture

Our dogs are always happy to see us

Our dogs think I’m the best cook

Our dogs laugh at my humor

Our dogs keep me company

Our dogs listen to me gripe about my day

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The More I Know Some People, The  More I Love My Dog

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I may not technically be a Xenophobe, but there are days when I just don’t want to interact with anyone but my boyfriend, our dogs, and my friends who love dogs (because they get me).

Do you ever have days like this?

Saturday was W for Warming and Cooling Foods (this applies to raw and kibble!)

Tomorrow is Y for Yogurt Got Me Kicked Out of a Raw Food Group

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  1. My dogs don’t care if I wear makeup, or about what I’m wearing.

    I don’t have to try to impress my dogs.

    They think ALL my jokes are hilarious.

    I have many days where I don’t want to deal with people unless I have to.
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  2. I could not agree more. That is why I love my pet blogging community because people in my everyday life just don’t understand that I would rather be with my pet than anyone in the world. I’ve never been a people person and I think I’m getting worse as I get older!

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  3. I think a lot of us can relate to this! I am the same way. All I want to talk about is dogs, and my blog has definitely made my dog obsession worse as well!

    It can sometimes be refreshing for me to hang out with “non dog people” though or at least people who aren’t as obsessed with their dogs as I am. It gives me a mental break for a bit I think.
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  4. As an introvert, I have days like that ALL the time. Luckily I work from home with my two dogs…so I don’t have to deal on a daily basis…I’d go crazy. Great X post!
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  5. I have more days like this than I should which is why I went to work at a vet! Unfortunately I still had to deal with people more than I wanted!

    I totally understand what you mean about starting the blog to get out some of the dog chatter and then actually doing it more out in public! I do the same thing!

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  6. The weird thing about Vlad and Barkly, without them with me, I rarely speak to anyone in public. I try my best to smile at everyone, because my grandmother always said that everyone needs a smile each day, and I might be the only one that gives them one. (We’re weird in the south.) But opening my mouth and talking to them? Ummm. . .no. However, my dogs always seem to get strangers approaching and talking, and it would just be rude to not answer them. Darn my grandmothers’ rules. Often I wonder how hard it would be to teach Vlad to growl on command?

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    • LOL

      It’s funny, because I’m a pretty outgoing person. I love meeting people and talking to people. But the older I get the more exhausting it is to work through the judgement and opinions just to have a nice conversation so I’m being more quiet. I kind of like it. I love walking (and talking) with our dogs.
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  7. While I’m not exactly a social person and usually don’t know what to do with myself around people unless talking about dogs, I think I have to speak up in people’s defense. Why? Dogs love people (in general, most of them, anyway). The chose to share their lives with people. So people cannot be all bad.

    I love my dogs. And if my dogs like somebody, so do I. Even though it doesn’t mean I want to go partying with them.
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  8. YEP!
    Many days I’d just prefer to hang out with the Husband and our pets.
    Other people… just… ugh.

    My blog is definitely my outlet for dog discussions, to save my friends and coworkers from chatter. It does the job, I think. Then again, I’m not much of an oversharer – or a sharer at all – and don’t tell a lot of/many/any personal stories in the office anyway.

    Though, my problem is when people ask dog-related questions. I need to learn to deflect those rather than enthusiastically offer advice and invest my personal time into thinking about their problems and good solutions. Sounds bad (and jaded, and cynical), but it’s incredibly frustrating to put in effort with people who consistently decide to ignore it and the complain further. If you’re going to do what you want anyway, why bother asking in the first place? I’m not the one to come to if you just want reassurance in a bad idea.
    /rant
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    • I made a new rule for myself that I won’t volunteer information (not counting the blog). And I won’t discuss dogs at work AT ALL. And I so agree about the people who won’t listen. Drives me NUTS. But I’m getting better as masking it :)
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  9. Touche Kimberly. My human circle has gotten so small it’s close to being non existent. The only people that I communicate regularly with are the people who either have dogs, like dogs, want dogs, or had dogs. True confessions? At first when I noticed this happening, I worried about myself (a little) then I thought about how much happier and care free I’ve become, and I thought “this is nice.” That’s why I’m always saying “Life is good in Doodleville” (gotta make that a sign) because it is! Love talking to you kid, and all the other bloggers out there – we understand it..
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      • I know right? It’s all part of the purpose in our lives. We’re finding ourselves. I’m thrilled – my friends don’t understand, but they will in time. I finally have something for your podcast – let’s talk when you catch your breath. Much love – Me!
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  10. ha ha I am glad I read past your opening sentence. I am not a dog person but dogs like me – weird. I think we all have times when we are not people persons and canines become better companions. New mothers are just as bad about non stop ‘my new baby is the best’ talk so you are not different than them, you just have fur babies. ;)
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  11. I definately feel that way more and more. I had a hard time when I tried to stop talking dogs at my job a few years ago. Once I decided not to talk dogs anymore, I found I didn’t have much to say. It wasn’t till I had to stop myself from saying almost everything that I realized how much I had talked about dogs in the past.
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