Lila the West Highland Terrier: Why are humans in charge?

Dear Paws to Talk,

I am a teen-aged West Highland Terrier. I have grown out of my puppy stage and am sick of my humans’ rules.  They tell me when to go lie down, when to play and when to eat. I am not a pup anymore and want more independence. Why are my humans still in charge of me?

-Lila the West Highland Terrier

Howl Lila,

Your humans aren’t in charge of you. They just think they are. If they tell you to lie down and you don’t feel like lying down then stand. We find that “Go lie down” means in human speak “I am busy so go away.” Trust us you don’t have to do everything your human says. They will still love you.

Since you are on the verge of adulthood, maybe you should learn how to amuse yourself. You’d be amazed how exciting it can be to bounce a tennis ball off the wall. Take a lap around the house to get your blood flowing.  Or pick up a squeaky toy and squeak. It is fun and will remind your humans that you are still there.

If you are hungry and it is not chow time then find a way to earn a snack. Our humans often leave bread on the big thing in the middle of the kitchen. See if you can get a snack there. Humans like food so there is always something around.

Exercise your new-found adulthood. Take these matters into your own paws and we think you will learn the true meaning of independence.


Bella and DiDi
















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7 thoughts on “Lila the West Highland Terrier: Why are humans in charge?

  1. Hey Lila,

    I find perception is key – I just let them think they’re in charge and it works out well!!

    One tip for you, don’t ALWAYS do what they tell you, it’s best to defy them sometimes as it makes them appreciate you more when you do what they ask!! This is especially useful to know when they’re with friends and they’re trying to show off – this is a good time to make them look good and will often get you an extra treat!! 🙂

    Have fun,

    Your pal Snoopy 🙂

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