There’s something not quite right here. A Scottish Terrier owner writes to the Dog Lady newspaper columnist to say her male dog is frequently mistaken for a female.
Why am I so adamantly protective of my sweet Simon’s masculinity? Simon is a small dog, a Scottish terrier, and he seems to be in touch with his feminine side. Still, when we go walking and a passer-by asks to greet Simon while referring to “him” as “her,” I find myself making an immediate correction. “He’s a he!” I proclaim. Am I ridiculously rigid about these gender matters? After all, Simon is neutered. He’s not even a total he. Why can’t I let it go?
Readers of the Scottie News report just the opposite problem– it’s the females who are constantly mistaken for males. Frankly, I think there’s more to this Simon case than his owner’s telling. As I mentioned at the time the three dogs shown in the photo above — Fern, Lily and Geoff — look more like Ferdinand, Larry and Geoff. And, please everybody, rest assured that’s in no way a slur on Fern and Lily. They are fine looking gals.