Ducky: You seem mopey, Daddy.
Me: Lil’ bit.
Ducky: This seems different than usual.
Me: Yeah. There’s actually a reason this time.
Ducky: Are you hungry? If I’m mopey, that’s usually the reason.
Ducky: Did you upset someone by chewing up their shoe? And now that person is mad at you?
Me: Closer to something like that. There are just some people who don’t care for me so much.
Ducky: Because you chewed all their shoes?
Me: No. They just don’t like my personality. And usually it doesn’t bother me. But sometimes it’s no fun not being the popular kid at school.
Ducky: But lots of people like you.
Me: I wouldn’t say lots.
Ducky: The lady likes you. And you’ve mentioned others.
Me: Yeah. I know. But there are other people who don’t like me.
Ducky: Some people don’t like me.
Me: Not too many.
Ducky: I know. It helps that I’m adorable. But I can tell. Some people look at me and I can tell they don’t like me. They wish I would go the other way. I haven’t even done anything, they just don’t care for me.
Me: Some people just aren’t “dog people,” Ducky.
Ducky: So you’ve said. But you’ve introduced me to people who you’ve said aren’t “dog people” and once they get to know me, most of them like me.
Me: Being adorable helps.
Ducky: These people who don’t like you, do they really know you? Like have they played tug with you?
Me: People don’t do that.
Ducky: No wonder you’re mopey. But do they know the real you? The you that the lady and I love?
Me: Not really. Away from you and the lady I can’t always be the real me.
Ducky: So maybe it’s not you. Maybe they just aren’t “daddy people.”
Ducky: Daddy, if someone really isn’t a ‘dog person” is there a good chance that they’ll never like me no matter how adorable I am?
Me: A very good chance, unfortunately.
Ducky: So it seems like their problem, not mine. So I’m going to choose to not worry about the ones who don’t like what they think I am and focus on the ones who do like who I really am.
Me: Seems like a good idea. I love you, Ducky.
Ducky: I love you too, Daddy.