If You Get Up In My Business, You Will Be Blogged. Consider Yourself Warned

I lost it today. For an hour, I snapped at my son, called my husband three times, and started cursing to myself. All because SOMEONE GOT UP IN MY BUSINESS.

I cannot STAND when someone minds MY business instead of their own. They can even mind OTHER PEOPLE’S business. I don’t care. But get OUT OF MINE. LIKE RIGHT NOW!

As you remember, we have a DOG. Sallydog. Sally. And she is adjusting. But she nipped at my kids. No marks. Just fear. In me. My son. (My daughter is too in love to care.) So we call our dog trainer (let’s call her DT1). No response. Actually VERY DELAYED response. But I’m FREAKING OUT. So I call EVERY DOG SOCIETY IN A TWENTY MILE RADIUS. It turns out that FRIDAYS are NOT the day for dog problems.

But by Monday, we reach another dog trainer (DT2) who comes vet-recommended, lives close-by and is available THAT NIGHT. And the appointment goes GREAT!

Being wimpy, I make my husband leave a message for DT1 canceling our request for an appointment and our plans to bring Sally Dog to her home over Memorial Day Weekend.

I get a message back midday yesterday. (The quickest that DT1 has EVER called me back.) It goes a little something like this: I got a message that you are returning Sally. So I called the vet that you got her from and we agreed that Sally should still come to me this weekend… blah blah blah

The blah blah blahs fill in the part where I HANG UP. I can’t even finish the message because I AM SO ANGRY.

We adopted Sally from a vet’s office that LOVED HER. To the point where one vet tech almost adopt Sally herself (and mentioned it in the oh so tactful way of: When you were having so much trouble getting the [BRAND-NEW-TO-YOU] dog in your car, I thought that maybe I should’ve kept her.)

And now they think that we are GIVING UP SALLY. But DT1 called, NOT US. So DT1 has ten grown women running around a vet’s office trying to remember how to spell our last name in the hopes of finding SALLY DOG. Before we push her out of our car into the FIELD OF DEATH.

I call back DT1 and growl: We are NOT giving up Sally. We are SWITCHING DOG TRAINERS. Thank you. {Click}

Then I spend an exorbitant amount of time reassuring Sally’s old vet that we are not giving her up unless she cannot be with children. But we have a plan and YES I WILL BRING HER TO YOU IF IT DOESN’T WORK OUT.

When I’m healthy enough, I will see this as another example of how I was right about DT1 all along. (And I do love being right.)

Until then? I will remained shocked that DT1 is calling people and MAKING UP STORIES while patiently wait for my apology message (that my husbands assures me WILL NEVER COME).

Oh and I’ll blog about it. Because really, is there any better revenge?

Alex Iwashyna

Alex Iwashyna went from a B.A. in philosophy to an M.D. to a SAHM, poet and writer by 30. She spends most of her writing time on LateEnough.com, a humor blog (except when it's serious) about her husband fighting zombies, awkward attempts at friendship, and dancing like everyone is watching. She also has a soft spot for culture, politics, and rude Southern people who offend her Yankee sensibilities. She parents 2 elementary-aged children, 1 foster baby, 3 cats, and 1 puppy, who are all Southern but not rude. Yet.

25 thoughts to “If You Get Up In My Business, You Will Be Blogged. Consider Yourself Warned”

  1. Get it all out there – hope you feel better now 🙂 When a relationship isn’t right, doctor, dog trainer, whatever the situation, then go and find someone else who is right for you. So good for you
    .-= Aging Mommy´s last blog ..Ode to Toodles =-.

  2. That’s so frustrating…I would have a similar reaction. I will say that in my experience, dog people are kind of crazy, even the good ones, and their (very admirable) concern for the dogs sometimes tends to lead to less than stellar interactions with humans. Good for you for giving DT1 the boot!

    I hope things work with DT2, and that Sally starts settling in with your family soon!

  3. I had something similiar happen yesterday with my mail in pharmacy (which I just switched to). I mailed in a prescription for X that my OBGYN specifically gave me b/c it was safe to take while pregnant. The pharmacy (without contacting me) called my doc and convinced someone to switch me to the generic of X, but there is no generic for X, it’s actually a generic for Y which is NOT SAFE to take while pregnant!!! I had to spend 40 minutes getting everything straightened out b/c they trashed my old/new prescription when they were approved to give me the generic meanwhile I’m out of prescription X! I saw the generic option when I first signed up with the mail-in pharmacy but specifically did not request it b/c IT’S NOT SAFE!!!! to take while pregnant! AAAAHHHHH! Made me soooooo angry!!!

  4. That sounds just a little over the top. Now dont get me wrong I love dogs, I have 3. But those “animal” freaks sometimes get a little crazy.

    The whole situation would of put me over the edge, and my “not so nice” soccermom would of come out full on.

  5. “Mind Your Own Business.”

    It should be placed on t-shirts, mailboxes, door mats. It should be emblazoned on people’s foreheads.

    Phones should have electronic screening devices to NOT work if someone is about to tattle. Why hasn’t someone come up with this and secretly embedded them in every telephone service in the country?
    .-= The Mother´s last blog ..If I Were Writing iPhone Apps… =-.

  6. First, you’re completely right. About it all. And DT1 did worse then get in your business, she made up shit. Not cool crazy dog lady, not cool.
    I should say I’ve been a crazy dog lady, one of my dearest friends is a crazy dog lady, my mom is one too… I’ve got nothing against dogs or the people they’ve trained, but come on.

  7. In general, I’ve found dog trainers are crazy! We had one come to our house to help us with my aussie. She said Kai did not get enough exercise. Apparently she did not notice that joel and I are very active people and I think she completely blocked out how Kai goes running with us 3 times a week, mountain biking, back country skiing, and hiking. Not to mention he has a doggie hiking group once a week. I don’t really know how much more exercise we could give him.
    Good luck with sally and I hope DT1 comes across your blog.

  8. Hey girl–if you do have to take the dog back, don’t feel bad. Do not let these extreme animal people make you feel defensive. It is after all, just a dog. 🙂 That was so zen of me to say that, wasn’t it? 🙂 LOL

  9. Good for you for being awesome enough to contact the/a trainer, as opposed to ditching the dog. Not all dog issues can be corrected, but many can. Too bad the trainer wasn’t more on the ball and returned your call before acting like an ass.
    My dog was returned to the rescue group TWICE before I adopted her, and she’s awesome…but she’s also not trying to eat my kids.
    Good luck with Sally!
    .-= Heather (qtberryhead)´s last blog ..You Are Unique…Just Like Everyone Else. =-.

  10. As one of my favorite pastors used to say, “the woods is full of ’em.”

    Weirdys, that is.

    What an obnoxious woman. Some people aren’t happy unless they’re stirring up a hornet’s nest somewhere…

    Sorry about this junk. You’re just trying to give a dog a home. Bless you for that.

  11. Horrible. I am so sorry!!! It is NOT your fault she misunderstood or came up with snap judgments. You called and set her straight. Please don’t give it another thought. I HATE it when this happens to me because I don’t want people to think badly of me, etc. Again, (Good Will Hunting-esque) it’s not your fault Alex, it’s not your fault. :o)

  12. You my friend are a woman of my own heart. I could feel my blood boil just as I was reading. I would totally have the same reaction. I never get so irritated as when people but in where they are not welcome. Well maybe when they butt in, are not welcome, and DON’T KNOW what they are talking about.
    .-= Christine LaRocque´s last blog ..Life happened =-.

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