Last week, the husband and I came to the conclusion that our sweet Baby Girl is an exhibitionist. She loves to be naked and let it all hang out for the world to see. I assure you, we did not come to this conclusion lightly. Let me explain…
Since we started talking about getting a dog, dog clothing (i.e. sweaters, coats, and costumes) has been a little bit of a hot topic in my family. Jeff was not sold on the idea. What if they get cold?? I pointed out. He would shrug and drop it. His major supporter was my dad who is a firm believer that dogs have built-in coats. I would counter that some dogs are so little or have such short fur. They were not convinced. But when it started to get cold, I bought several coordinating sweaters for Sweet Boy and Baby Girl and it was crazy cute.
We soon learned a very surprising bit of information. Mr. P loves wearing his sweater. When we take his sweater off, he waits for the next one to be put on. If a sweater is within his reach, he will bring it to me and wait expectantly. More shocking, he never once tried to chew it off of him. He has great respect for them.
Lulu, on the other hand, does not like her sweaters, or her coat, or her Halloween costume. When her coat goes on, she refuses to look at me and will barely take a treat from my hand. When she is wearing her sweater, she is subdued and avoids us. We didn’t make the connection between her behavior and her sweater right away. In fact, I was ready to make a vet appointment last week because we thought she was sick. When the high temperature was finally above 10 degrees, though, I decided to take their sweaters off and Lulu was a changed dog. She was wagging her tail, jumping around, playing hard, and getting into trouble. She was again acting like the Baby Girl we know and love. We came to accept a truth that broke my heart a little bit – Lulu is happiest when she is naked.
Once we made this discovery, we had another realization. Baby Girl is an exhibitionist. She is most comfortable laying on her back, legs spread and carefree. Sometimes when Mister is around we see her roll on her back to give him a perfect sniffing vantage point. If she is cuddling and her legs are not open, she spreads them the minute you start rubbing her belly. It’s as if she is begging people to give her attention, and we have the sneaking suspicion that we are spot on. This chica loves the limelight. If we aren’t looking at her, she barks. If we aren’t petting her, she nips at our clothes. If Sweet Boy is getting our attention, she whines. In short, Baby Girl’s preference for her birthday suit is her newest way of getting the attention she believes she so completely deserves.
~Chelsea J. ~