Q: Dear Lucky,
What am I going to do this holiday season? Every Christmas, my master John has his brother over, and with him comes his children. It wouldn’t be quite as bad if it weren’t for Chucky—the little boy who plays too rough with me and abuses me. I’d like to stand my ground and fend him off, but I’m afraid that I might upset John and will spend the day out in the cold. What should I do?
—Mulan, Urbana, IL
A: Dear Mulan,
I have to admit that your case is more difficult to advise because it depends on your breed and what you mean by standing your ground. If you are a smaller dog like me, with a bark worse than your bite, standing your ground won’t put you in the dog house during the holidays. You can get away with a lot more as a little dog, wink! However if you are a larger dog that appears more threatening, you have to be more diplomatic. Try to stay around your owner when Chucky is around to minimize chances of the little monster abusing you. But, if you get caught in a situation where little Chucky is pulling your ears, tail and anything else; let out a painful yelp. Your owner should come to your rescue. If he is not fast enough, tell Chucky he is being too rough with a “Ruff!” That should stop him until your owner arrives. Then curl at his feet and Chucky will be exposed for the bad little boy that he is. Be strong, Mulan! Use your brains, not just your brawn to resolve this dilemma!