The hand that pets could also be a hand that hurts.
My mom had been nagging my dad to give me a bath – or else she would take me to the Groomers(!) from whence ear infections come.
As you can tell, my mom and my dad ganged up on me. And my mom was more concerned about her floors than my hurt feelings. And it did not stop there.
My dad tried to make me feel better about it by taking off my prong collar, but he hosed me down again.
Then he tried to make me feel better by drying me off. And I’m like, if you didn’t get me wet in the first place, we do not have to do this! Why do puppies have to follow human standards of clean??!
Life Lesson: Needful things are sometimes unpleasant. But they are still needful.