Thoughts From A Dog Walk
May 23, 2011 14 Comments
I’m sure every dog owner has a similar story or account. Not with the same content, mind you, but I’m sure each of us experiences what may be called a boilerplate conversation when strangers come across us with our dogs.
That is certainly the case when walking Moses, anyway.
A typical dog walk conversation for us starts off with a variation of this:
“Woah [or occasional expletive], that’s a big dog!” -OR- “Is that a bear? – har har.”
Then my end of the conversation goes a little like this:
“He’s a Newfoundland.” (Sometimes adding, “No, not a black St. Bernard – they don’t make those. Yes, I’m sure.”)
“3 years old.”
“5 lbs per day. We have him on a raw diet.”
“No, no need for a large house (or yard) – he’s a pretty low energy dog and goes for an hour walk every day.”
“The shedding isn’t too bad – it’s the drool you have to watch out for.”
“He’s the size of an adult person; how much do you think he poops?”
That last one is more common than you’d think. Weird, I know.
And apparently I’m not the only Newfoundland owner with these template encounters. I found this magnet for sale online here.
Then, earlier this month, we were dogsitting Juniper, a Bernese Mountain Dog, for friends, and I got a glimpse into the typical dog conversations they must have regularly, as well. Most notably explaining that it’s not a “Burmese” Mountain Dog, or people mis-hear and seem you think you’re introducing “Bernice, the Mountain Dog”.
So now I’m curious – how do your default dog walk conversations go?