Stress and the Suburban Mastiff


In which Violet Greer talks to animals.

Violet here with another client. This gorgeous girl is Sabrina. She is suffering from hyper-vigilance. It is clear from her picture that she is a deep thinker and, unfortunately, most of her thinking is about possible threats to her family. She is very loyal and feels it is her job to ensure the safety of her people. Unlike Archie, who thinks he is human, Sabrina embraces her canine heritage. She takes her job very seriously.

As a puppy, she attacked a doorstopper that was sticking out of the wall. “It breached the perimeter. It could have been trying to enter the kitchen. Where my food is.”

Later, she attacked a shovel while her owner tried to clear the sidewalk. “That thing made loud scraping noises. Then the lovely white water disappeared.”

I have recommended that she try to calmly assess the situation before attacking any more unknown tools or appliances. “I still hate the squirrels and rabbits, though. They are never to be trusted.”

Also, she should take time out for herself if she starts to feel overwhelmed. Her family reports that she is taking my advice to heart.


Thank you to Michelle and Doug for sharing their photos! ~de


3 comments on “Stress and the Suburban Mastiff

  1. Ellie says:


  2. While we defer to you as the expert, Violet, we do commiserate with Sabrina. She has a point of view that humans often don’t consider…down on the floor. Where are humans always looking? Up and in front of ’em, up and in front of ’em. No wonder they trip so much. There are dangers lurking down here they never notice….protruding, shiny, ugly dangers. C’mon….get down here and take a look. See?

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