I often wonder why some people bother to own dogs. After all, they are messy, have a very different sense of disgust to humans, disrupt our lives and they don’t come cheap.
The pluses must outweigh the minuses otherwise we wouldn’t do it again and again, however much we feel that it would be impossible to get another dog after a beloved dog has died.
It was an idyllic morning when I took my puppy out for a walk this morning. Blue sky and full sun after days of rain and cloud and not too warm – perfect. I passed a woman on her mobile telephone, her dog’s eyes fixed somewhat worriedly on mine and I overheard her say “I’m only walking the dog – so boring”. She hadn’t even noticed that we were there, never mind that her dog was initially hesitant and she obviously had no interest in interacting with her dog.
We did in fact get talking as she reminded me that we had met on another occasion when it wasn’t appropriate for our dogs to interact. She admitted, although I had not solicited it, that she had only really bothered giving her dog toys when she was puppy and that she didn’t really play with her, although, she explained that she gave her lots of cuddles. It was abundantly clear that, after some polite conversation with me, she couldn’t wait to get back on her mobile telephone.
I know that I am an outlier in not owning a mobile telephone, but I would like to think that if I did own one, I would not use it for trivial (not to mention public) conversations instead of enjoying the day and my dog. Actually, come to think of it, it’s one of the main reasons why I don’t own one.
Get a life people – it’s a much better option than forcing everyone to listen to the minutiae of yours.