Thursday, July 18, 2013

Do Dogs Worry About Being Gay?

By: George Lee Cunningham

Henry_drinking_croppedWe recently bought Henry his own traveling bowl for water. Henry is our dog and when he goes for a long walk, he often gets thirsty. We decided that the answer was for us to get a collapsible bowl that would be easy to slip into our pocket, then at the appropriate moment, pop out, fill with water, and let Henry have a drink.

So we went to Amazon – where else do modern plugged-in folks go to buy stuff – and ordered a collapsible silicon bowl for Henry. But first, we had to read the reviews – most of which were positive.

But not all.

The negative reviewers all complained about the same thing. The picture online showed pink, blue and green bowls, but the order form had no place to specify a color. And when the bowl was delivered to their homes, they turned out to be pink.

“This is unacceptable,” complained one critic. “I have a boy dog. What am I expected to do with a pink bowl?”

Others voiced the same concern. We are not sure what their problem is. Perhaps they think if their boy dog drinks from a pink cup, he will become gay.

We, on the other hand, think if a dog is gay, he was probably born that way. He probably won’t become gay by drinking from a pink cup. And even if Henry turned out to be gay, we are pretty sure we would feel the same way about him that we do now.

Our deal is this. We don’t get involved in Henry’s sex life, and we don’t want him involved in ours.

So we sent away for the cup, and it worked out really well. At the appropriate time during our walks, we pull out Henry’s cup, pop it open, and share some water from our bottle. He seems to like it fine, even though it did turn out to be pink.

The only real change we have seen so far is that Henry does not seem to be quite as thirsty when he gets home from his walk. To be fair, we have noticed that our sweet little boy does seem to enjoy show tunes. But we are pretty sure he liked them even before he got his pink cup.

George and Carmela Cunningham are writing a history of the Port of Long Beach, due out in 2014. You can order George’s book, Kaboom, on


  1. Thank you Marilyn. I hope you and Bob had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  2. marilyn cable says:

    enjoyed beginning my Thanksgiving day reading your email, George.

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