Thursday, March 18, 2010

Walking With Royalty

I suppose it was bound to happen.  I used to refer to Treat as a social butterfly.  There were no strangers in the world, just people her highness had not formally been introduced to yet.  Now that my walks with Bunny and Blueberry have become regular again and the weather has begun to warm up, things are changing.  They may become more famous than Treat was, but I haven't had anyone gasp at a dinner party at a greyhound gathering over either of them yet. 

When I was walking Bunny during the cold, it wasn't an issue because few people were out walking besides us and those who were out were heavily bundled up which isn't too conducive to stopping to chat.  I should also mention for those who don't know that we live in a very small village, population 2500 the last I heard, but I'm sure that includes a lot of the rural farm population and possibly a few pigs.  It's like living in Mayberry and we enjoy it here for the most part.  While we are not natives to the village, many of the people here are quite friendly and chatty.  You never pass someone on the street without at least saying hello. 

Perhaps you already see where this is leading.  The girls have already won over quite a few people out on our walks.  Everyone we pass seems to know them by name.  I doubt that anyone knows my name, but that's quite alright.  I suspect that I wouldn't even be recognized without one of the dogs on a leash at my side.  Wherever we go, I now here people calling greetings, mainly to Bunny, who dutifully stops and accepts their attention.  It has firmly reinforced the idea in her head that everyone in the world is waiting for their turn to pet her. 

It's not so great for me, since I'm walking for exercise, but there seems to be no end in sight.  It does strike me as a reminder of how much Treat opened the world to me.  I'm generally a shy, quiet person, but there's something about having a dog with you that seems to make you more approachable, and honestly, it's not difficult to get me to talk about my dogs, either.  It wasn't as if I felt that I was left out before I had dogs, but having them certainly makes me see and experience things that I wouldn't have otherwise.  Walking a little slower is a small price to pay for that.  We wouldn't want to disappoint their loyal subjects!

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  1. It is amazing how we enable our moms to be things they aren't!

    The Power of the Leash!

    Khyra & Khousin Merdie

  2. Glad to hear the weather has broken enough for you and the girls to enjoy your walks. Nothing gets more attention than a friendly dog or two!

  3. Pups have a wonderful and sweet way of opening up the world and teaching us to enjoy the simple things in life.

    Mack and Mia here. We are waiting for our turn to meet BUNNY! We will bow! Just this once!

    Wags and Woofs,
    Mack and Mia

  4. This is funny cuz my mom told me she was talking to a lady she works with yesterday about this very thing! She said once they got Brudder Ranger, they kinda knew what it felt like to be famous cuz everyone wanted to stop and talk. I tell mom all the time that the best way to make friends is to wag your tail and smile!

    Wiggles & Wags,

  5. Of course it is true that everyone in the world is waiting to pet her, isn't it?

  6. Well there must be few who could resist! Dogs are such a good point of conversation too.
    Bailey insist on talking to everyone too and rolls over and expect them to tickly her tummy!
    Martha is not so sociable but getting better. As you say it actually makes humans more sociable too!!!
    Everyone we meet knows the dogs' names and still talk about Harry but few know my name!!!!

  7. Heads held up high, I see! Me wonders if they're treated royally too!... With dog buscuits.

    Anyway, I am glad that it's finally sunny and the snow is melting.

  8. I totally agree with you about people with dogs being more approachable. My neighborhood has oodles of dogs and during a 45 minute walk today i came across over a dozen furkids going for a walk, too, and I struck up a conversation with at least two of the owners. I know I want a dog again and this is one thing I'll enjoy with a new dog just as I enjoyed with Rainy for those two weeks. A nice day, a dog at your side, a comfortable pair of shoes and no particular destination in mind leads to an exciting and enriching day. Keep up the good work Bunny and Bluebery!!

  9. LOl I feel the same way with my puppies, people are always "horrified" if I don't have a puppy with me, but don't probably give a second thought if I'm not there. Smile.

  10. I know your real name! You are Mrs Bunny or Mrs Blueberry's mom BOL Here's a real example, my mom's daughter's name is Daphne. Well, most people in our hood refer to my mom as "Mrs Daphne's mom" something I find it both funny and sweet.

  11. mama agrees with you! when she is walking me and my big sis asa, social interaction goes up by like 50 gazillion million percent. :D
    and yay for sunny weather! i hope it sticks around for ya'll!
    the booker man

  12. The plight of the Greyhound walker - constant braking! They really do make great conversation starters...

  13. Absolutely! We used to walk 9 at once - they were sort of in a spray in front of us as we walked. Totally a show stopper. I probably should say 'walked them' because it seems we could never get further than a few steps between interested people.

    I really don't talk much to people, unless there is a greyhound involved. :)

  14. OH, and thanks for visiting my place, love your comments!

  15. our mommish can gab FOREVER about ush but only to people who would understand im sure she ish just that crazy dog lady to everyone else
    pibble sugars and wee wags
    the pittie pack

  16. Sounds very familiar to us!
    We don't see a lot of people during my walkies but the few ones we see know my name and always stop to say hello!
    Kisses and hugs


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