them's fighting words

Saturday afternoons are Fifty’s favorite time of the week. He gets to run around outside and play with his BFF, Honey Jr, and The Husband.
(I also love this time, I get some quiet, and The Husband gets a little cardio).

Fifty was happily chasing the football when Le Petite Notre Dame’s bells rang out. Church bells scare the bejeezus out of Fifty. He looks panic stricken and barks, running wildly around like he’s mentally unbalanced.
(I think they hurt his ears… they hurt mine, so they must hurt his).

Right around the time Fifty began to go nutty, a tourist comes walking along and actually said,

He’s aggressive, no? I think he’s a bit of an a**hole.

(Fifty may look aggressive but he is the sweetest of the sweet. He approaches people, tail wagging, and if he could speak human, I just know that he would say, Hi. My name is Fifty, want to be my friend?” 
And then in case you can’t tell by the frantic tail wagging that he loves you, he gives you a big ol’ lick. He is the opposite of aggressive. And what kind of a person walks up to complete strangers and calls their dog an a**hole?)

Back to, “He’s aggressive, no? I think he’s a bit of an a**hole.“…

The Husband calmly said,“No, I think you’re the a**hole” as he and Honey Jr walked closer. 

The tourist’s facial expression quickly changed to, OOPS, and he turned and scampered off.

And all the while, Fifty stood there, tail wagging, happy that the bells had stopped and he could get back to his football game.

(And probably wondering why that nice man didn’t stay to play).

bisou

34 responses to “them's fighting words”

  1. Poor Fifty, to be so unfairly judged. Was the tourist speaking English? Weird.

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  2. what a horrible sounding tourist – so judgmental! Were they French or foreign out of interest?Poor Fifty and good on Husband!

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  3. What??!! What an awful thing to say. Most likely he's the kind of guy that has small children for breakfast.

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  4. He's the type of tourist, I'm guessing, that comes to Tuscany and says, “And don't bring me any of that Chianti crap – I don't touch the stuff.” Some people are incredibly rude with their opinions while passing through YOUR home or neighborhood. Good riddance! (Props to the hubby, however!)

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  5. Don't you love when people speak in English thinking no one will understand them. I used to do it all the time, oops. I think I will learn Mandarin just to be able to talk smack without anyone understanding.As for your pup and the tourist, I think your husband called it right!

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  6. What an idiot, especially if he's just a tourist, how dare he criticize the locals.My dog would give people the keys to our house just to get them to stop and play. Fifty and Pacha would get along very well together.

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  7. Bloody tourists. Can't live with them, can't shoot them…

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  8. That would tick me off! Good for your hubby. It's like insulting your child. Fifty is harmless! xo

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  9. What a jerky person. Good for your husband!

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  10. I think this tourist is very aggressive and possibly stupid. Bravo for your husband !

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  11. Good for husband. The tourist sounds like a total a..!

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  12. interesting. Perhaps they thought you didn't understand english. And what a strange choice of words to use for dog for goodness sake!

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  13. I just can't see The Husband looking menacing… he's too much of an adorable baby-face! Like Fifty in human form.

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  14. The tourist was French, which made it even worse. If he was speaking some other language and maybe he thought we wouldn't understand him then that's one thing, but he said it directly to The Husband, in French. I think it's safe to say, he won't be returning to Le Petit Village anytime soon.

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  15. My conclusion is there are idiot people out that have lost the ability to be nice….or caring. Fifty deserves much more than that! Hope that person never passes your way again. That same person also probably dislikes kids too.

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  16. Poor Fifty. I can't believe a mean tourist could dislable him in such a way. And why say something like that anyway! I hope Fifty's feelings were not hurt too much!

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  17. Is it true that the French magazine Psychologies has organized a “day of politeness” in France ?

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  18. oh my, what a stand-off! and to think fifty hadn't a clue about the impending row….don't you just love dogs?

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  19. Hahaha …aww poor Fifty!

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  20. Ari is terrified of fireworks. Poor little guy, I think something must have happened pre-Jenna adoption.Go Hubby for defending Fifty!

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  21. Haha this is really funny- the hubby really told off that man!

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  22. that is kind of unbelievable. who does that? good work husband.

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  23. It's amazing how some people open their mouths, un-requested, to utter something rude and unpleasant. Like anyone's interested in their opinion anyway.

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  24. Poor Fifty! No one asked that tourist what he thought of Fifty!

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  25. Seriously – who does that?!Someone once told us that Maya wasn't socialized very well – I told them that, in fact she was, she was just a good judge of character.

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  26. Wow! The nerve! I like the husband's reply, tho.

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  27. Poor Fifty. I'd play with him and his football. Thank you for your comment on my dental post….you just have to grin and bear it don't you – or in my case smile with a huge gap! :)Give Fifty a pat for me….maybe he'd like to come and visit me near Toulouse when I come over to dogsit Ted again in December. Bisous

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  28. Poor Fifty,he has the most beautiful face in the world! Peoples sometimes are so stupid!How you can look at Fifty and say that words … stupid person!Give a big kiss to Fifty from me and from Strike.Bisou, Babi

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  29. Seriously…what kind of person calls a dog an a**hole? Yay for having a hubby who protects the homefront from the mentally inbalanced people of the world 🙂

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  30. We're quite connected with the Provence mafia you know, want I give them a call? 🙂 Seriously, what a weirdo – your dog is no doubt awesome & a source of joy for many of us..aka your readers! Luv him 🙂

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  31. I am so puzzled right now….who on earth calls a dog that? Seriously? That guy must be nuts! And yay to your husband for sticking up for him! Fifty is not an a-hole, Fifty rocks!

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  32. Thanks for your comment – Covet is amazing 🙂 And your dog looks so sweet – who could call him that?!baileytraveling-anchor.blogspot.com

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  33. What a jerk. Not Fifty, he's a sweetheart and I want to give him puggles (puppy cuddles), but the asshole.

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  34. I can't believe the tourist didn't think that would bother your husband. Social skills issues anyone? Fifty looks gorgeous.

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