That is what the daughter told me last night.

“Why are they like dogs, honey?”

“Because they eat, sleep, and poop”


First of all my daughter loves her dog Stanley more than anything else in the world. I am on equal footing with regards to my daughters love and the dog.

The daughter also loves her father, not as much as Stanley or me, (It’s a fact, she told me this and I’m running with it) but she does love him, a lot, and currently more than she loves her brother.

I have gone to great lengths to keep the issues her father and I have from her, and so has he. We don’t argue in front of her, we actually don’t argue that much unless someone brings up money, we make decisions together and we never fight about who gets to spend the holidays together. If there is an issue we spend them together so that the daughter is not forced to choose one parent over the other. It has worked out reasonably well for the last 6 years.

I don’t know what she does with her dad on the weekends she spends with him but when we were married he was never a slouch. He always had projects going on and was rarely found lying on the couch watching TV like the dog is.

He was always very private about his bowel movements. He was not one of those guys who crapped with the bathroom door open and he was never a “pull my finger” kind of dad.

He does like to eat however. When he and I first started going out together he mentioned that he loved food.

“More than anything else”

That included me apparently.

So I am not sure what to make of this statement. And my take on it is surely different than what she was probably trying to convey. I think she is too young for the “men are like dogs” speech. One I wish my mother had had with me.

No, I don’t think all men are dogs. I have yet to marry a man as loyal as any of the dogs I have had over the years. I would give anything for a man who was like a dog. I could do without the licking the private parts in public but if that is what it takes to have a good man I’ll happily make that exception.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!