What are you to your Scottie?
Mom, fur Dad, mistress, master, owner, supreme ruler, commander in chief, loyal subject?
But seriously, I can’t call myself Bridget’s “mother” for two reasons. One, it’s not my style. And, two, I already have a human daughter.
Mistress doesn’t seem right either. I’m too old for it and there are the sexual overtones.
On many occasions, I’ve used owner simply because it seemed the only option but I don’t like it as I feel it doesn’t accurately reflect our relationship. My dog’s not just something I own.
Lately, I’ve been referring to Scotties and their peeps. But while that works well in the plural, it’s awkward, to say, “I’m Bridget’s peep” in the singular
All this is why I was interested to discover that more than a dozen years ago Boulder became the first city in the U.S. to officially refer to pet owners as “guardians.” It’s one of many nuggets of information in a recent column by a Scottish Terrier-
owning guardianing journalist at the Denver Post.
How do you describe your relationship to your Scottie?