Middle Class Dog Weighed Down By Family’s Growing Expectations

Five month old Cavoodle Horatio Stockwell was this morning wondering if he’d ever live up to his family’s expectations.

Already behind at dog school, and still making the occasional toilet mistake, he said the extension classes on Thursday evenings were actually making things worse, not better.

“It’s stressful; I’m fucking up all the time. It’s all I think about. That, and the play-date with the chocolate Lab next door on Monday mornings,” Horatio said this morning, adding “There’s a lot of pressure on me to shine”.

The Stockwell family said Horatio just needed some time to adapt to his new routine. “We’re willing to pay for any extra classes or additional help and support Horatio might need,” a spokesperson for the family said.

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  1. Fiona Craig

    March 12, 2014 at 11:41 am

    Little Horatio you are perfect. Maybe he could read my blog “Beat Your Brain Bully” and stop giving himself such a hard time. Thank goodness he has such loving parents. Buddy our 2 year old Cavoodle is a fabulous playmate. He’s been featured in the Wentworth Courier and Daily Telegraph and it’s not gone to his head. Loved by the neighbours and all at my son’s school. Balls and bones are all you need to worry about little Horatio.

  2. North Shore Dog Mum

    April 1, 2014 at 9:28 am

    I blame the government for this. If the government simply made it easier for dog owners to have at least one human to stay home with their dog, we simply would not have this issue. The problem is that pedigree dog owners both have to work just to be able to service an mortgage on an inner city 4by2 home, two 4WDs and also provide for yearly overseas holidays, cafes that are dog-friendly and electronic tablet devices that young growing doggies need for education as well as the much-needed distraction so that stressed out owners can relax. It is already a struggle for pedigree dog owners what with the bad influence of mongrel dogs and their bad owners. As the number of pedigree dogs are in decline, isn’t is right that the government should be encouraging the right kind of dog owners to stay home and be with their dogs without them having to sacrifice the lives they had before they became a dog owner?

  3. Barry Finch

    September 5, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    If I was Horatio, I’d stop worrying so much about being behind at dog school and start worrying about his new found fetish for gum leaves. Doesn’t think he’s a koala, I hope.