Is it just me, or does anyone else feel bad when their dogs are criticized? My friend criticizes Lucy a lot; and even more so recently since Lucy is usually my subject for pictures in our photography class (which is a nice transition to Lucy-bashing, I guess.) I used to not care because, well... I never used to think she was that great of a dog, either. But now it just bugs me because it's been over a year since she last interacted with Lucy; she's basically just forming her opinions on the 5 seconds she sees (or rather, hears) Lucy when she comes over once or twice a week. Here's the conversation that happened today, while we were making prints in photo class. Her: "What would you do if your cat was replaced with my dog?" Me: "I'd be very sad... I love my kitty and would rather have him." Her: "Whatever, I have the best dog in the world." Me: "Nawww, I think Molly is the best" (And this was not said in a little kid "NUH-UH!" tone of voice) Her: "Well at least my dog is better than Lucy. She's a crappy dog." I just stopped there. Normally, I eventually start to ignore when she starts getting on these "my dog's amazing" lecture things. It just makes me feel bad. Honestly, I don't like her dog. Whenever I'm at her house, it takes a while for me to leave because we have to find where he hid my shoes. I sometimes have to keep my distance from him because he jumps up constantly, and he's peed on me a few times while doing this. If I'm sitting near him he'll bite my hands, and pull on my sleeves/pants. He's just very hyperactive and not trained very well. Or maybe I'm just annoyed because Lucy and Molly are soooo mellow. Of course, she responds to this with, "at least my dog is playful and not boring." *sigh* Yeah, it's very similar to the five-year-olds who argue back and forth "my mommy's better than your mommy!!" When someone criticizes your dog, it's kind of like they're putting you down as a dog owner as well; insinuating that you couldn't train your dog properly, so therefore they're misbehaved. Which I think is another reason why it bothers me so much. Am I the only one who gets this way?