I’d name her Bess

Get your prospect in the habit of saying yes (Secret #3)

Me: Can I ask you a question?

Mark: Sure.

Me: Can I ask you a question, YES or no? (you have to spell it out for some people)

Mark: Yes.

Time for the Big Ask…

Me: Can I have a greyhound?

Mark: What? Like a dog?

Me: Can I have a greyhound, YES or no?

Mark: No.

strike one

Ask for something big first and follow up with a relatively smaller request which is now more likely to be fulfilled (Reciprocal Concessions)

Me: Do you think we should start trying to have a baby?

Mark: No… did YOU want to start trying?

Me: Can I have a greyhound?

Mark: Oh my gosh. Are you serious?

strike two

Ask for what you want (What I try to teach couples).

Me: I would like a greyhound.

Mark: Yeah, I kinda got the hint. What sparked this great idea?

Me: I saw someone walking one on the way to work.

Mark: Yes, of course… you know that they are really high maintenance, right?

Me: I’m high maintenance!

Mark: They need lots of exercise.

Me: I need lots of exercise!

Mark: You won’t even walk to the mailbox.

Me: BECAUSE I DON’T HAVE A GREYHOUND!

Mark: I’m ignoring you.

strike 3

I want one so bad, People. I’ve used all the tricks I know. Any suggestions on how to make this beautiful creature mine?

It would be like owning your own deer/meerkat/cat/dog/bat mixture. And it would be pure awesome.

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13 thoughts on “I’d name her Bess

  1. Shelley says:

    Since Mark seems like a very kind individual, you might tug at the heart strings a little and mention adopting a former- racing greyhound. Check out http://www.adopt-a-greyhound.org. P.S.- I had a dog named Bess when I was younger!


    I didn’t want to go there, pulling the heart strings and all, but I’m willing to get dirty. And how funny that you had a dog named Bess! I’m going to have one, too. Greyhound Bess. Heh.

  2. Sam Davidson says:

    Tell him he’s wrong. They’re NOT that high maintenance. They’re like large cats. They can sleep up to 18 hours a day and only need to be walked – not running sprints.

    Show him the cute faces here: http://www.gpanashville.org/ Better yet, take him to see them at Petsmart each Saturday.

    Once our baby is a bit older, we’ll be getting one. They make you read “Greyhounds for Dummies” so you may as well get it. Then, he can learn the facts and you’ll have a dog by Christmas.

    In sum – truth and cuteness. They always win.


    So if Mark won’t let me get a greyhound would you and your wife adopt me? I’d make a great big sister (because I’m older)/little sister (because I’m sure you’d have the baby before the adoption papers were finalized). Just throwing the idea out there.

    And I am so relieved to hear that greyhounds are similar to cats! That’s what my gut said. I’ll be picking up the Greyhound for Dummies asap.

    And “Truth and Cuteness” may be my new tagline… thanks for the info, Sam!

  3. Shelly says:

    That pic looks like a cross breed between a dog and a dear. Weird. Let him know you had a dog when you lived at home that you had to leave behind and are now having separation issues that can only be fixed with a new dog.


    Oh, play on my emotional stability! I like it. He’s a sucker for doing anything he can to make sure I don’t cry. This might be the ticket…

    And did you just say Bess looked weird? Not cool, dude. Not cool at all.

  4. mrs. smith says:

    no tips. sorry. but i do know someone who has one and she says he’s the best dog she’s ever had. one of the post-race rescue ones. if you’re looking for insight into how awesome this dog is so you can tell mark, i’ll send you her email address. πŸ™‚ just let me know…


    Personal testimony! Jackpot! Maybe I should just give you his email address and then have her email him out of nowhere praising the wonderful greyhound. Then I could convince him it’s a sign from God…

    And we’d definitely want to do a rescue one so I’m glad to hear that they’re just as awesome.

  5. Elisa says:

    I have a similar situation in my home right now. I live with my sister and she wants a dog. I am staunchly opposed (though I LOVE animals) because I don’t believe it is logistically feasible.

    IF my sister could make a reasonable argument with information and maybe even an outline of what would need to be done I MIGHT consider it more. Really, the biggest objection I have is that this is a decision being based in the warm fuzzies of pet ownership rather than the realistic world of it.

    Just a thought since I get how the INTJ mind works. πŸ˜›


    I asked Mark if the fact that my decision is based on the fuzzy feelings that come with the thought of owning my own beautiful Greyhound Bess were what made him apprehensive and he said “EXACTLY!!!”

    I told you that you two were mind twins πŸ˜€

    I’m working on my power point presentation now…

  6. Secret Agent "CT" says:

    Beg, plead, and then cry! Tell Mark that you will take care of the dog all by yourself. If that doesn’t work tell him, that’s all you want for Christmas. If that still doesn’t work, go adopt the puppy by yourself. It’s way easier than adopting a baby. They should let you do it by yourself. πŸ™‚ That’s how we got our puppy. Thomas didn’t want her but now she’s his baby. He loves her more than me sometimes. πŸ™‚ lol


    You are hilarious! “It’s way easier than adopting a baby”! Ha!

    And you are seriously awesome if you just walked into the house with a dog, no questions asked. There is no other word for that than “ballsy”.

  7. Angelia says:

    Let him catch you reading “Grayhounds for Dummies”, surfing the adoption site. Get an I heart Grayhounds keychain.


    One “I heart greyhounds” keychain is now ordered πŸ˜€

    I heart my internet backup.

  8. Veda says:

    Oooh puppy talk!!

    So you can’t do what you REALLY REALLY want to do because you are married and your choices kinda affect your husband…WEIRD!!!! Marriage is difficult!!

    Anyways, I would the whole emphasize how having a dog might benefit him:
    a) a happy wife = happy husband
    b) he would feel better about leaving you at home with a constant friend/body guard while he is away climbing rocks or whatever
    c) dog owners are more healthy, less stressed, and live longer than non-owners (share with him a convincing article)
    d) the list could gone on and on…

    Hope you get a puppy!! πŸ™‚


    Well, if you read Secret Agent CT’s comment apparently you can just walk in with a dog and everybody is cool with it πŸ˜€ Apparently, I’m not doing this marriage thing correctly…

    And those points are so making it into my powerpoint presentation. Especially the happy wife= happy husband. That’ll be in bold.

  9. Michelle Ziegler Ashburn says:

    I love Greyhounds! Get a dog!

    I wonder if Mark would let me put our dog ownership status up for a vote on The Internet. Who knew I’d have so much support?? πŸ˜€

  10. Akirah says:

    Do it anyway.

    Hahahah! Just kidding.

    Kinda…


    I so would if I didn’t think it would give Mark a heart attack.

  11. Connie says:

    I have a better idea but first you need to kick out two cats…. Oh not going to happen the other option is get your puppy dress it up like a kitten put it in a box with a ribbon, address it the cat’s as a late Christmas gift for them. Why late well it is really hard to get a sitter for a new puppy that is if you can bear to leave it, remember you are coming here for Christmas and traveling long distances with a puppy would not be a fun trip…. But really why a Grayhound, I would of taken you for a small dog lover….but wait till you meet Mac to get a dog he might just change your heart.


    Brilliant! Make the puppy a present FOR THE CATS! I love it. Mark never says no to the cats.

    And you’re right, we’ll have to wait. I’ve actually got Mark to consider it in our imaginary 5 year plan. And I’m normally a small dog person, but whenever I see a greyhound my heart literally melts. And I was thinking about Mac the other day and I can’t wait to meet him πŸ˜€

  12. Secret Agent "CT" says:

    I didn’t just bust into our house with the puppy. I made him go with me to pick her up. (After I had made several other visits to pick her out, love on her, paint her toenails, see how much she’d grown, etc) He wasn’t trilled with the idea that we were bringing her home with us. He did make me take care of her all by myself at first. Which, I didn’t mind all that much. (We got her in January which was nice because I didn’t have to worry about what to do with my baby, I mean puppy, while we were out of town at Christmas.)

    I “potty trained” her in about a week. She only had one accident in the house. I was also super crazy about anytime she went to sit down, to scoop her up and take her outside. lol After she ate or drank, it was outside until her business was done. After about two or three weeks, I had him convinced that she is the greatest thing on the planet. He even admits at times that he wishes we had gotten one of her sisters too. So she’d have a friend. I’m like man…if I had only realized that I could have gotten away with that…

    You just have to think it through. What would Mark secretly be okay with that he’s not admitting. Then try to make him think it’s his idea. πŸ™‚ lol

  13. Or you could just do Mark like the GF does me.

    1. Packs me in the car and drives me to the pet store/ASPCA/other places where animals live and makes me look at all the sad animals in cages.
    2. Slyly mention animals when I’m feeling warm and fuzzy anyway.
    3. Pout. πŸ™‚
    4. Mention that all my friends are doing it.
    5. Watch every TV show that mentions said animal.

    She wants a cat and I’m allergic AND I’ve never had a pet in the house.

    Good luck in your endeavor. Greyhounds are cute.

    I’m so laughing at you for playing the baby card! And trying marketing on your husband. Hil-ar-ious!

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