Pudgy Pets - Dou you think DH is crazy? He talks to the dog.

07-03-2012, 07:50 PM
OK, Heres the thing. My DH talks to the dog, but then so do I. But I don't answer in "doggy" voice back for the dog. I listen with my heart, I follow clues and understand all the different sighs for different needs or wants, but I Don't literally speack back to myself for him.Definately think some serious empty nest going on here for last 7 yrs or so.
Does anyone else do this ? Is it common? :DI don't really think he's crazy.

07-03-2012, 09:10 PM
I talk to and for my dogs.. lots of times I joke around in "their" voice.... pretty fun.

07-03-2012, 09:11 PM
Soinds pretty normal to me.

07-03-2012, 09:19 PM
I always talk to my dog, I work the night shift so he's home alone with me all day. He's a wonderful companion and I think he really responds to my talking. It definately is silly, I get looks from my fiance' often for talking to and speaking for my dog, but I love it, and so does the pup!!

07-03-2012, 09:20 PM
If that's crazy, my wife and I are both crazy. As are my parents. And my in-laws.

It's pretty common, I think.

07-03-2012, 09:31 PM
I talk for my dog to my DH, sort of voicing what it looks like he's thinking. He does the same thing to me. I don't generally hold a one sided conversation with myself playing my role and the dog's role, I don't think, but now I'll have to pay more attention haha!

07-03-2012, 09:35 PM
Yeah -it's totally nuts. Gonna go talk to my dog now..... And maybe the cat, too... Maybe I'll get 'em together to have a tea party! Mwahaha.... (rubs hands together with delight)...

07-03-2012, 11:13 PM
Two dogs and two cats in my household. We definitely talk to them, we politely ask them to leave the room when we are putting the baby to bed and thank them when they do. lol there is a documentary http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/secret-life-dog/ that I watched recently that talks a bit about dogs ability to read our faces and follow our verbal directions.

07-03-2012, 11:14 PM
Not only do hubby and I both "talk for" the cat, we've created a whole backstory for her.

You see, she's not an earth cat. She's a scout from an advanced feline civilization on another planet, and her job is to spy on us Earthers to prepare her superiors for invasion.

We've determined that she's quite thin for a cat of her planet (she weighs almost 20 lbs) and that apparently pigs are mouse-sized on her planet and come pre-flavored with hickory-smoke flavoring (because cats on her planet would be too lazy to actually take the time to smoke their pork).

Donuts are also quite an earth delicacy.

If we behave ourselves, and treat her very, very well - our lives will be spared and we will be able to continue our lives as her houseslaves (as we are now). However, if we displease her, she won't be able to guarantee our safety when the feline overlords take over the planet.

Crazy? I hope so. Sanity is so passe.

07-03-2012, 11:27 PM
Bwah ha ha, Colleen! I've often said one of my dogs is an alien from another planet here to spy on us.

07-04-2012, 02:06 AM
Crazy? I hope so. Sanity is so passe.

Hahahaha! Your story made me laugh also because I have joked that my cat is an alien spy. If you pull their ears back a little and look at their faces, they look a lot like the aliens from the movie "Independence Day".

07-04-2012, 03:55 AM
If you pull their ears back a little and look at their faces, they look a lot like the aliens from the movie "Independence Day".

LOL! And I thought I was the only one to do that! ChubChub (our extraterrestrial kitty) LOOOOOOVES to have her temples rubbed from behind her head (my thumb and pinky drawing her eyes back as you describe - giving her a bit of a "face lift" expression as I pull on my fingers to draw her eyes back).

She'll let you do that ALL DAY, that and ear rubbies, especially ear cleanings - she absolutely adores getting her ears cleaned (with a damp cloth around my finger) - but she wan'ts me to did "deep" and she's acturally force my finger deeper by leaning her head into my hand - I'm always afraid she'll push too strongly and I'll break an eardrum or something. My hubby says he's always waiting to see the cloth come out the opposite ear.

07-05-2012, 01:03 PM
Thanks for the imput. So funny! So DH is not crazy after all. LOL!

07-05-2012, 01:23 PM
D'oh! I caught myself having a two sided conversation with my cat last night. Apparently it's habitual and I haven't been noticing I've been doing it. *face palm*

07-12-2012, 07:35 PM
Oh yeah, I talk to both my cats and my neighbor's two dogs. My cats are brother and sister. The dogs are their cousins. And then when my neighbor and I are together with both dogs or cats, then it's just a freefore all. I travel for work and like to look on my cell phone at their photos when I am missing home. :carrot:

07-27-2012, 11:45 PM
No, he's not crazy. I'm a vet assistant and we all talk to/from them. hahahah. I think it's a fairly common occurrence. :)

08-05-2012, 12:21 PM
My boyfriend and I talk to our dog and sometimes respond for him too so I don't find that weird at all. He's our baby! :) Sometimes (jokingly) my boyfriend says the dog told him to do stuff that I don't approve of. :dizzy:

08-05-2012, 01:40 PM
We totally talk for our dogs in my family. Some of my friends do it to.

08-05-2012, 02:08 PM
Good to know I'm in good company. At times I'm sure I know what my cat is telling me. With my dog - our conversations usually are around food, walks, letting her outside or cookies.

I was very close to naming my cat Yoda from starwars as she often looks like Yoda when her ears are pulled back. Lol

08-05-2012, 02:28 PM
Made some the best decisions of my life after a good conversation with my dogs. lol. They are man's best friend for a reason, they are good listeners and sometimes when we hear what we are saying, we come up with the right answer. Your hubby is totally normal and probably a happier human for having those conversations :)

08-17-2012, 03:50 PM
Heck no! I have two cats and a dog. I talk to all of them. My husband was deployed twice, and both times most of my daily interaction was with my cat (we only had one pet at the time).

What's really funny is that my animals talk to me! I don't really understand them, of course, but then again, I'm sure they don't understand me, either!

09-08-2012, 01:36 PM
Having grown up with dogs, I'd say it's unormal to NOT talk to your dog=)

09-20-2012, 08:58 AM
I have 3 cats and a dog and i talk to them all. Every one says i treat my dog like a child...shes so cute tho so that makes it fine :p

11-23-2012, 12:57 AM
hey yeah i talk to mine all the time...i have 2 kitties and a doggie woggie...one kitty is siamese (he talks back and you can have a conversations with him no problems)..the other is an oriental and she does not talk as much but will when she needs something...i swear sometimes they do not need to talk and ask me what they want..i just know...they are my kids as we are childless and i call us mum and dad...heck my hubby carts my siamese male cat nicky around like a child and tells him to go to sleep and be quiet...i call them all sorts of names like my child or furr kids as my dad calls them..they are spoilt rotten and sometimes i think eat better than us!!..my border collie cross who we rescued from the pound is chubby too and one of my goals is to take her walking twice a day...everyone loves her and i suspect my neighbours (who are both single elderly men) feed her when i am not looking....she could charm the pants off anybody with those doughy brown eyes of hers..they are part of our family and we treat them so..hubby blames nicky the siamese for everything for example leaving the toilet seat up...lol..lol..lol...rofl...cheers liz

11-23-2012, 01:57 AM
LOL My whole family talks to AND for my dog. We'll joke around and say "Shadow, why don't you go pee for me?" and someone will say, speaking for Shadow, "I would but I don't have thumbs! I tried to buy some at the thumb store, but they were sold out!" :D

01-15-2013, 11:20 AM
My fiance buys our younger/boy dog clothes, talks to both dogs, has big conversations with the girl dog regarding her behavior. He also takes the boy dog to bed with him, holds him in his lap when he is playing xbox and insists that the boy dog likes to watch Doctor Who and horror movies with him.

I think your DH sounds totally normal.

I think my fiance wants a baby/child but is too stubborn to admit it.