Grandpa foils kids’ vegetarian diet with fast food Text messages are, by definition, terse. Dear Abby: I have had a few negative encounters with dog owners who invited me to their home and became upset because I pushed their pet away when it tried to jump/lick/nudge me (although I do it gently). While I understand I am entering the dog’s territory, I think it’s inconsiderate when pet owners not only refuse to restrain their pets, but also imply that I’m somehow a lesser human being because I don’t want my personal space infringed upon by an aggressive animal. If I knew people were uncomfortable with my children climbing on them, as a polite host, I would ask my children to leave that person alone. People have had scratches on their legs and items of clothing ruined because a dog jumped on them. The problem is that some dog owners identify so strongly with their pet that they lose the ability to distinguish between it and themselves — and take anything they perceive as a rejection personally. While a guest may be technically on a dog’s turf, that doesn’t mean the guest should be fair game. Dear Abby: I have a 19-year-old granddaughter who has three tattoos and now a ring in her nose.