Mick Cody takes umbrage with AP-Petside poll; says dogs rarely listen to their human owners

April 30 - dogs Mick Cody, a seven-year-old pit bull terrier, is upset with the findings of a recent AP-Petside poll of some 1,100 pet owners. The survey says one-third of pet-owning married women believe their pets are better listeners than their husbands (18 percent of pet-owning married men said the same thing).

'That's breed stereotyping,' said Mick. 'I'm sick and tired of hearing that dogs are great listeners. We're not. Trust me, we dial humans out after the first or second complaint.'

Mick also took exception with the poll results showing that most people believe their pets are stable and seldom struggle with depression. 'Are they serious?' Mick snarled. 'My master got me hooked on watching the Mets and Jets on TV. You want to talk depressing? I didn't bark for a month after the Mets blew that huge lead a few seasons back.'

The offer of a bone, a walk or a ride in the car are the only things that Mick says make his ears perk up. 'Otherwise, it's garbage in-garbage out. My mom complains about her aches and pains and my dad always has some issue with his business. You think that stuff doesn't get old real quick?'

If given an opportunity to do so, Mick said he'd bite 55-year-old Ron Farber of Hoxie, Kansas. Farber is quoted in the AP article as saying a '…dog doesn't have an opinion.' The pit bull bared his teeth when told of Farber's comment and howled, 'No opinion, huh? How's this? All politicians suck. All cable channels suck except Animal Planet. And, all 55-year-old dog owners from Hoxie, Kansas, suck!'

Believing that revenge is a dish best served cold, Mick says he's approaching an AP competitor to pitch a humanside poll. 'I want to survey 1,100 dogs and ask them whether they think their owners talk too much, are repetitive as hell and never pick up after themselves. He who barks last, barks best.'

Thanks to Greg Schmalz for the idea behind this post.

4 thoughts on “Mick Cody takes umbrage with AP-Petside poll; says dogs rarely listen to their human owners

  1. I think you nailed the issue at the end of your post, Brian. Your two pooches have enjoyed watching two successful sports teams thrive on their master’s TV set. Mick, on the other hand, has suffered as the Mets and Jets have deflated his expectations each and every year. I sometimes worry he may take his own life by overdosing on Alpo.

  2. Thanks Julie. I shared your comments with Mick, who sees nothing wrong in listening to humans solely when a reward is being offered. He’s a big proponent of time management and believes too many dogs waste too much precious time listening to what he calls ‘human drivel.’ He’s a very opinionated pooch to say the least.

  3. Hmm. Our two lap dogs will unconditionally love anyone–and I mean anyone, no matter how new to the home–who will pet and feed them. Their undiscriminating and cheaply earned love and loyalty are best described in humans either as (a) mental illness or (b) emotional prostitution.
    Of course, the steady diet of Colts and Saints football has given the dogs much to celebrate in recent years.

  4. I tend to agree with Mick. While men do “sit, stay, and rollover,” I do find that dogs will only listen if there’s a reward offered; there’s usually an ulterior motive.
    And, although men are sometimes referred to as dogs, when it comes to loyalty, I find that dogs are way ahead of the curve when it comes to unconditional love.