Duke the Scottish Terrier: What happened to manners?


Dear Paws to Talk,

Lately, when my humans take me out in public I am flabbergasted. With more frequency, someone cuts in front of me or nudges me out-of-the-way. It seems like this happens in many places such as the dog park and the store. I have seen canines and humans guilty of this behavior.

When I bump into someone or take a long time at the doggie fountain, I apologize. I feel it is the right thing to do. How come there are so many beings out there who don’t do this? What happened to manners?

-Duke the Scottish Terrier

Howl Duke,

*Sigh* What is the world coming to? We experience this too and it is frustrating. DiDi barks at the offenders. Bella gives them her “who the hell do you think you are” face. That look usually gets the point across.

We haven’t traveled much in our lives but we have seen enough of the world to know that it has become a selfish place. Many species are out to benefit themselves and earn more treats (Installing an alarm system on your treat jar might be a good idea). There is nothing you can do about this.

We think you should look into starting an etiquette class in your neighborhood. If this is something you feel so strongly about then take some action. You will probably feel better discussing manners with peers who share the same beliefs. Make the class interactive. Maybe the group can act out some rude situations and how to react? No one likes a boring lecture.

If you believe in manners then use them. By doing this, you will be one being who is making the world a nicer place. Of course, the next time someone cuts the line you could always flash them Bella’s face. They probably will reconsider their actions after that.


Bella and DiDi
















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16 thoughts on “Duke the Scottish Terrier: What happened to manners?

  1. Duke makes a very good point and your tip about installing an alarm on the treat jar is under consideration. A dog tried to steal the treats from my biped’s bag once!

  2. Duke,

    It’s great to hear that you’re concerned about the use of manners – I sure could hang with you buddy – I like manners too!! I always let visiting Doggies use my bed, toys, bone and sometimes even my food if they like….. Here’s to keeping up the standards of etiquette!! Great job buddy πŸ™‚

    Your pal Snoopy πŸ™‚

  3. That is exactly what whee think! Whee are sick and tired of the lack of respect shown to us by the neighbourhood birds. Sparrows and starlings dropping things without a thought for piggies below. Seagulls squarking loudly at some ridiculous hour, with no concern for those who may be having afternoon naps.

    What is the world coming to?!

    Nibbles, Nutty, Bingo & Buddy

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