this is a conversation i've had more than once: cast: Random Person [RP] Me [Me] RP: "oooooh, what a gorgeous dog! he reminds me of a dog i had when i was a little girl!" Me: "oh, you had a border collie?" RP: "no...." Me: "oh. you had a black dog?" RP: "no...." Me (reaching now): "you had a male dog?" RP: "no... she was a brown chihuahua...." Me (thinking): "oh, well, except that he's a he and black and not a chihuahua, i can see the resemblance!"