Dog is jeal­ous of at­ten­tion on cat

The Commercial Appeal - - Sports -

My hus­band and I have had a cat for two years, and it is amaz­ing how close we are to that lit­tle furry an­i­mal. He purrs when­ever he is held or sits in your lap. Also, we just adopted a Great Pyre­nees dog. We did not know much about this breed but are pleas­antly sur­prised at how gen­tle she is. She ig­nores the cat and is won­der­ful with chil­dren. Yet she is a fan­tas­tic pro­tec­tion dog. We got her be­cause there have been a se­ries of break-ins in our neigh­bor­hood and we were ad­vised that a big dog can be great pro­tec­tion.

The prob­lem is that our dog, sweet as she is, de­mands to­tal at­ten­tion. When ei­ther of us holds the cat, she comes over and says, through her body lan­guage, “Hold me in­stead.” We’re not sure how to han­dle this.

You are blessed to have such lov­ing an­i­mals and smart to take their feel­ings se­ri­ously. In a 2014 study, re­searchers at the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, San Diego found ev­i­dence that dogs do in fact ex­pe­ri­ence jeal­ousy. So, it is im­por­tant to re­as­sure your dog by pet­ting her at the same time. Ei­ther you or your hus­band can hold the cat while the other pets the dog. If you are alone, then pet both an­i­mals at the same time. As long as you pet them both, your house­hold will lit­er­ally be in good hands.

One of the many joys of writ­ing this col­umn is find­ing out which top­ics res­onate with read­ers. Most re­cently, it was busi­ness cards. I have cho­sen two of the many let­ters I re­ceived on this is­sue. Hope you en­joy read­ing them as much as I did.

It was very heart­en­ing to read that you strongly rec­om­mend busi­ness cards and thankyou notes. I have found that the younger gen­er­a­tion of busi­ness­peo­ple are not very busi­nesslike. The most ex­as­per­at­ing lazy habit is that so many don’t even sign their email. They ex­pect you to ex­tract their name from their email ad­dress. Sig­na­ture blocks make a busi­ness card valu­able, and these cards elim­i­nate the need to Google for con­tact in­for­ma­tion. the next let­ter. You are not alone, as you will see by

This morn­ing, my fa­ther walked into the of­fice and handed me your col­umn about hand­ing out busi­ness cards. We run and op­er­ate a fam­ily busi­ness that was es­tab­lished by my grand­fa­ther in 1959, founded on old-school prin­ci­ples. The im­por­tance of net­work­ing, be­ing in­volved in the com­mu­nity, and get­ting your name out there has been preached to me over the years. It was re­fresh­ing to read your opin­ion that busi­ness cards hold a lot of im­por­tance and value. And I liked that you men­tioned send­ing a hand­writ­ten thank-you card. These small things re­ally do make a big dif­fer­ence. I couldn’t agree more, and you’ve helped put an ex­cla­ma­tion point on what my grand­fa­ther and my fa­ther have been preach­ing to me. I think it made my fa­ther’s day.

You made my day — judg­ing by the smile on my face! Thank you. And you’re right; good man­ners go a long way to­ward busi­ness suc­cess.

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