For Sojourner in the 21st Century, 2011 has been a year of making the acquaintance of well-fed, badly behaving dogs. Back home in the Midwest where I was raised, we woulda called these animals "spoiled."
In 2009-2010 I was still living in the South where, for the most part, dogs lived at the end of a long chain in the back yard. Back home, that arrangement woulda looked about right.
I don't want a dog on a chain in the back yard. I don't want a dog looking shame-faced with a mouthful of my shoe or the sofa in his/her mouth.
Here's hoping that 2012 either settles me in my own space -- likely without a pet of any kind --
or brings more shared spaces and house-sit assignments
where dogs and humans live together more peacefully.