Little lies we tell our dogs: Photo Friday

Daily WordPress Prompt for “Sweet Little Lies”

Do you ever tell your dog you’ll be right back? For you right back may mean three hours, so what do you think your dog did for those three hours? Sat by the door, paced, lapped some water, looked at his empty food dish, laid down, jumped up to bark at someone on your porch delivering packages, sat by the door…

You get it. It’s a dog’s life (not the best part either).

Dog time is longer than people time.
We’re waiting for you.

Wrapped in this prompt were questions. Is it okay to lie, sometimes? Any reasons it would be okay to lie?

To lie is human, to forgive? Love as much as dogs do.

From my experience, all people learn to lie as young children. We try it out. If we fail, we try again, another day, a different person. Most lying comes out of fear. Some of that fear might be fear of losing, friends, family, love, food, etc. We learn to tell many social lies intended to protect other people.

“A man is never more truthful than when he acknowledges himself as a liar.” Mark Twain and I, Opie Read

The problem with lying, the very root, mushrooms quickly out of control, to lie about lying, trying to remember our lies and to keep secrets.

“If you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything.” Mark Twain

I like to err on the side of truth. If it’s an ugly or nasty truth then I err on the side of silence. I don’t promise my dog I’ll be home soon. Soon to Sydney means five minutes.

“Never tell the truth to people who are not worthy of it.” Mark Twain- Notebook, 1902

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4 thoughts on “Little lies we tell our dogs: Photo Friday

  1. I have a funny lie story. Once I was on a panel interviewing 40 different people for various jobs at a ski resort. My coworker asked a woman when it is okay to lie? She stood up. smoother her dress and said, “Do I look fat in this dress?” Of course everyone in the room laughed and we hired her.


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