18 responses

  1. Abigail
    September 19, 2017

    this is perfect. I laughed about 20 times.


  2. Jayne Martin
    September 23, 2017

    Love this. I think I’ve met Pookie.


  3. Mardith Louisell
    September 29, 2017

    Absolutely perfect. And what about the owners who spend all their time at the beach, yelling at the dog. Love that. Makes the beach so much fun.


  4. Claudia Monpere
    October 1, 2017

    Fabulous! I laughed out loud. I avoid any dogs whose owners say “Oh, don’t worry. . .”


  5. suzy beal
    October 2, 2017

    Loved it. I have scars to prove that dog does bite. Don’t listen to the owners.

    You’ve hit the nail on the head.

    Suzy Beal


  6. Pat Wild
    October 5, 2017

    I’ve heard all these comments but never found the humor in them until I read this piece. Well done.


  7. Nina Gaby
    October 19, 2017

    #12. I’m dying here.


  8. Lori
    October 19, 2017

    Oh, this is so true!


  9. Emma
    November 2, 2017

    I have a question was this a list of excuses or a conversation with another dog owner?


    • Emma
      November 2, 2017

      because without the bullet points it seems like a conversation


      • Lise Funderburg
        November 17, 2017

        Hi Emma. This was a list of things I’ve heard people say (repeatedly) over the years. So it was a collection of comments from multiple incidents/experiences.


  10. Jane Medved
    December 13, 2017

    I love this. I think I actually own Pookie. Sorry everyone.


  11. Carolyn McClain
    December 17, 2017

    Delightful! I can only add one which is just “Pookie….” “Pookie…” “POOOkie…” ad infinitem.


  12. Jan Priddy
    January 3, 2018

    When a dog owner has to say “Sorry!” every time they run their dog, it’s time to put a leash on it.


  13. Kristina
    January 19, 2018



  14. Sejal Shah
    March 12, 2018

    Lise, I loved this! Reminded me of walking by the dog park(s?) in Carl Schurz Park and just in general in the parks and sidewalks of the UES when I lived there. So sorry to have missed hearing/seeing you this weekend, but love reading this now.


  15. Nick
    February 6, 2019

    hi, I am a high school student and my assignment is to comment on something. I thought yours was very funny especially number 16 and 11.


  16. Rita Sloan
    October 18, 2020

    Loved this. I’ve met Pookie. My dog, Triscuit, would look at Pookie and just turn and walk away. There’s no use engaging Pookie in conversation.


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