In the Dog House

I love my dogs. I’ve never thought of them in terms of ownership, but rather as sentient beings that share my life and home. “Others”.

During the past week, I visited a couple of places on the Internet where people referred to pets as “furpeople”. I have to confess that I find this catchphrase extremely amusing.

FURPEOPLE?  The name perplexes me. It alternately makes me think of Wegman dogs  or conjures an image in my mind of a cross between Disney characters and frat house revelers. Animals, dressed like humans, who are rowdy debaucherous partiers.

If these “Others” who share my life were people, fur or otherwise, I’d have tossed them out on their ears a long time ago. Because it’s a strange breed of “people” who would find this:



and this:


acceptable ways to personalize their environs.

I love my dogs with a depth likening them to surrogate children, but I don’t lose sight of their “otherness”. They are distinctly other and it’s precisely that distinction that makes them precious and delightful, and able to get away with all the insane misbehavior.

 “Through tattered clothes, small vices do appear. (Robes and) furred gowns hide all.”          – William Shakespeare

Celebrate your dog’s otherness – it’s what makes them, them.



About yelodoggie

C.A.Wulff is an author, artist and animal advocate. She has been involved in pet rescue for over twenty-five years. She has written two books about her true-life adventures living with an ever-changing house full of pets: Born Without a Tail, and Circling the Waggins, and a guide to animal advocacy using the Internet as a tool: How to Change the World in 30 Seconds". Wulff also wrote a pet column and book review column for the Examiner, and was a contributing editor for She attributes her love of animals to having been raised by Wulffs.
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3 Responses to In the Dog House

  1. Perfectly said. Love it!


  2. D says:

    I think I might be one of those ‘fur people’. I’m always covered in it. Lint brushes have become just a waste of time as they cannot keep up with all the flying fur.


  3. D says:

    I remember when I first started transporting, I met with a group to transport some pound pulls to different areas. Everyone kept saying they were waiting on the “Husky People”. I thought they were waiting for someone really fat, but it turned out they were just people who rescued Husky dogs. 🙂


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