Dear Paws to Talk,
My name is Digby and I am a Griffon Bruxellois (otherwise known as a Brussels Griffon, after my native homeland) and I need some advice. There is a strange device at our house that the humans point at their heads after they shower and it makes a ghastly and booming sound. I don’t know how they put up with it! To make matters worse, now they’ve taken to aiming it at me after a bath (don’t they know that you need to roll in something nice and smelly after one of those?). I’ve tried barking at it and telling it to back off before I bite it, but that just causes the humans to laugh and make it go louder. One time I got my teeth into it and they went all weird and took it away from me. As if they want to protect this horrible thing!! I was just trying to chew its tail off.
How can I get rid of this monster once and for all, before it kills all of us?
-Digby the Brussels Griffon
Don’t be too afraid of this monster. My mommy has one of these and it stops being scary when you unplug it from the wall. It won’t attack you unless it is plugged in. I don’t recommend going near electrical outlets (I have heard if you get close they can make your fur look funny) but if you have a safe angle pull on its cord to unplug it.
I would be more worried about your humans than this electrical monster. The next time they point this thing at you don’t try to fight it. As much as you want to bite it, don’t. Instead shun them and their toy. Show them that you won’t be lured into being angry at this thing. I am sure they will stop this antic.
As much as we love our humans, sometimes they need us to train them. Isn’t that why we are here?
I suggest that you read a letter I answered from Tommy the Golden Retriever about why humans give us bathes and what you can do about it.
I hope you can rest easier knowing that you hold the power over your fear. Don’t let this monster rule your life.
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