I saw a post on my Facebook feed the other day about how dogs are aware of people who are mean to their owners and have actually been proven to refuse treats from people that mistreated their owners. Dogs Snub People Who Are Mean to Their Owners: Study This reminded me of the fact that my parent’s dog hated The Narcissist from the moment he met him, guess I should add that to the list of warning signs I ignored!
My parent’s had rescued a puppy while I was still living overseas with The Narcissist. When I moved back home first (without The Narcissist) and wasn’t working yet I was home most of the time with the new adorable ~ 5 month puppy. We were total buds, we went for walks, we napped on the couch together… it was perfection!
The very first night that The Narcissist flew back we decided to go for a walk and bring the dog so that they could meet each other. The Narcissist was standing in the driveway and I went into the house and got the dog on the leash for a walk. When I walked him outside and he saw The Narcissist he immediately started barking uncontrollably. I couldn’t even get him to go near The Narcissist, it was really strange behavior for this dog. I had seen him interact with contractors in the house, UPS guys, complete strangers… you name it without ever having a negative reaction…. and from first sight he HATED The Narcissist.
From that point on the “relationship” between the family dog and The Narcissist just continued to go down hill. Family dog would not listen to anything The Narcissist wanted him to do, and would actually run in the opposite direction of him when he called him. He wouldn’t even eat anything The Narcissist gave him. Eventually The Narcissist started hating the dog because the dog didn’t obey him. The Narcissist would ignore the dog and get mad at me if I paid attention to him. There were even a few occasions when we were dog/house sitting and I think out of pure spite the dog pooped all over the entire house… and one really intense situation where the dog actually bit The Narcissist. The entire thing was crazy.
This is just one of the many glaring things that I look back on and think… geesh this loser couldn’t even get a big loveable family dog to like him… what the hell did I like about him?!?!
I am pleased to say that ever since The Narcissist was removed from my life, my relationship with the family dog has improved dramatically… and I will certainly be paying attention to how he reacts to whoever I ultimately end up bringing home to meet the family! 🙂