Yesterday evening we took Ray for a short walk and, as we went down one particular street, we noticed some stalls set up in the parking lot of a local veterinary business. Curiosity got the better of us and we went over to see what was going on.
It was not particularly exciting, but it was all animal related products and information and, much to Ray’s delight, there were treats! Ray attracted the attention that he always does and, of course, we go through the “Say hello Ray” routine so that he actually initiates the contacts after which he generally gets a treat from us. Various people had a compulsive desire to touch him, which he accommodated very well (“Want a treat buddy?”)
I have certain expectations of people, not all of which are perhaps realistic, but there are some basics which I believe are reasonable. One is that, any event that involves a veterinary office will have staff who display a knowledge of dogs and dog behavior. Logically, how can anybody run a vet business effectively unless considerable animal skills are practiced?
At one stall, and after Ray had said hello a few times and been treated accordingly, one of the ladies there offered to put a bandana over Ray’s head so that he could wear it. As soon as Ray saw it coming towards him, he took a couple of steps backwards. To my amazement, she started to approach him again and only stopped after I gave a very clear “No!” She looked rather puzzled by our apparent change of mind, so I explained that he had already made his wishes known by backing away!
In fairness to the lady, she may not have any direct connection with the veterinary business, and could well have been a well meaning volunteer just manning a stall….. but in an environment that would encourage visitors with animals, wouldn’t you think …………………………………………? Exasperated!