Sorry… this post, as all others, will be rated G for Golden….
When I was very young I used to think that dogs were boys and cats were girls. Not the human type of boys and girls but that dogs represented the boys in the pet category and cats represented the girls. I was too young to take this misconception further and think that dogs and cats mated and both dogs (boys) and cats (girls) would come from the same litter. But in my little kid mind dogs were boys and cats were girls.
During that time in my life my family didn’t have any pets. But our close family friends had both a dog (Skeeter) and a cat (Yum-Yum). Our friends had two boys, we lived three houses away on the same block in San Francisco, and we were very close friends. We spent most of our free time together, usually at their house.
Skeeter was usually hanging around us when we were playing and often times we would incorporate him into our play when we built forts, dug holes, captured bugs and all the other usual little boy stuff that little boys do. Skeeter was one of the guys!
Yum-Yum on the other had was rarely around and when she was, she was aloof. She wasn’t interested in playing our boy games like Skeeter. Yum-Yum would also lay in wait for me and take a swat at me with her claws from time to time.
To a four year old it was pretty clear, based on these behaviors, that Skeeter was a boy and Yum-Yum was a girl.
At some point in my young life I realized that there were both boy dogs and girl dogs and same for cats. Probably around the same time I realized that Santa Clause [SPOILER ALERT!] was not real.
This recollection is prominent in my mind because I realized recently that when I’m out with one of my three girls and we encounter someone we haven’t met before they are addressed in boy terms. “Hey Buddy”. “What a good boy”. “Oh, he’s such a good looking boy”. And so on….
When I look at my girls I don’t see anything “boy” about them. Not in their body, in their face, or in their disposition. OK, well maybe Koda’s disposition is a bit
testosterone-laden male adolescent-like enthusiastic. But really they are all girl. When I see other pups for the first time I usually have a good idea of whether it’s a boy or girl. Although I’m not always correct I am correct much of the time and I don’t even have to look down or under at their, well the umm.. Hmm – well you know what I mean.
So back to the title of this post. What sex is your pup and does your pup ever get mistaken for the opposite sex?