I almost titled this post, “Do you talk to your pet?” But let’s be serious. If you have a pet, I am 100% certain you talk to them. How could you not?
Pets may not be great conversationalists, but they’re certainly great listeners. Last night I laughed when I caught myself in mid-soliloquy with Eko carefully listening to every word. It got me thinking about when and why I talk to Eko.
“Go on, Will. I’m listening.”
Rhetorical questions – “Where did I leave my shoes?” “Do I need to go to the grocery store?” The list of rhetorical questions I ask Eko is endless. I think by speaking my thoughts it often helps jog my brain out of a rut. When I run my ideas by Eko, I usually come up with an answer quicker than I would have otherwise.
Stating an observation – Just because there is no one around doesn’t mean I don’t have something to say. I’m glad to have Eko to share my observations with. If you saw a man alone in the park shout “It’s a beautiful day!” or “What an afternoon!” you might be inclined to call the police. Thankfully I have Eko by my side to listen to my proclamations and keep me out of an institution. For now.
“Nothing to see here people, just my human making exclamatory observations”
2 vs 1 – We live in a democratic society so I figure it’s only right Eko gets a vote in household decision making. I don’t see how it’s my fault that Eko always chooses to cast his vote the same way as I do. Friday night takeout? “Ok Emily, you vote for veggie pizza? Well I vote pepporoni and Eko just told me he does too.”
At least Eko used to vote with me, but these days his vote seems to have been co-opted. Just the other night I heard, “What’s that Eko? You vote Will does this dishes? Me too!”
Comic relief – As far as comedic performances go, Eko is the best straightman (dog) a guy could ask for. He never breaks character!
If I need to get something done and Emily tells me there won’t be time, I turn to Eko and holler “Cancel all my appointments and tell your wife you’re going to be late for dinner tonight. We have work to do!” Whenever I need a laugh I can always count on Eko to get it for me.
Pets are excellent listeners and they certainly know how to keep a secret. There’s no better confidant around. I talk to Eko all the time so I’m sure I have left out all sorts of examples. So fill me in on your gossip – what do you talk to your pet about?