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What do you talk to your pet about?

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!”

Traitor

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?

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37 Comments

I have no doubt Eko worships the ground you walk on 😀 “Go on Will, I’m listening”…LOL I laughed at that one but I’m certain that is precisely what Eko would be saying 😀
Cats are rather indifferent to what you’re saying. Mostly: “down, NO, ack, what the?” Also the daily, “Geez, whew that’s really nasty” as I clean their litter box. They just stand there waiting to rush the clean box and are probably thinking, “come on staff, let’s go, get out of our way”.
But there’s also me pretending they care with the usual daily chatter, “hi girls mom’s looking for a hug, what should we do today, who’s on Conan today”. Funny thing is THEY definitely each have their own voice and way of talking to me. I wish I knew ‘cat’ 😀

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