25. The family who included their dogs in their dinner conversations.
“I had a close childhood friend whose mom insisted that we treat their dogs like people. Whenever I went round there I had to ‘greet’ these two Cocker Spaniels, say goodbye to them when I left, say ‘excuse me’ if I walked past one of the dogs in the hallways. Stuff like that.
Sometimes we’d be eating dinner and having a conversation and the mom would try to ‘include’ the dogs by asking their opinions and we’d all sit there in silence like idiots until she decided they’d had enough time to reply, which they never did, being dogs.
There was other stuff with those dogs, but I don’t really want to relive it right now.”