Meeting Dog People

By Houndstooth

I’m going to start this post by first apologizing that I have no pictures of the event.  I’ll also say that in real life I teach PreK and while I really enjoy my job, the thought of eating dinner out with grown ups makes me  giddier than many a school girl.  So, there you have the set up.

Earlier this week, I got an e-mail from Amy at Go Pets Friendly asking if my husband and I would like to have dinner as they drove through on their way to parts unknown.  Well, the parts aren’t unknown, but I figure where they’re going is their business, and it sounds cooler to say that.  Anyway, excited is a pale word for how I felt about the dinner invitation.  Eating with grown ups who drive around the country with their dogs and write a cool blog was not any kind of hard sell.  We arranged a place to go and have dinner and set a time.  I got off work and prayed that none of my normal occupational hazards, which are glue, paint and safety scissors, if you were wondering, had befallen me.  Fortunately, my pants had no painted handprints on them.  It was a good day.

Postcard From RoanokeSo, off we set to go and meet Amy and her husband Rod.  I knew they would be funny, charming people, and was not disappointed.  It was great fun to sit and tell dog stories without people thinking we were weird or getting bored.  I even got the Go Pets Friendly t-shirt.  After dinner, we got to meet  their dogs, Buster and Ty.  I’m not going to lie, I was smitten with Buster.  Ty was adorable, too, don’t get me wrong, but I have a soft spot for those German Shepherds.  He was good at playing the social butterfly, too.

All too soon, it was time for them to depart and time for us to head home so we could prepare to face another day of work.  I am telling you, it was tempting to drive down to the place where they were staying and trying to sneak under the back fender or something.  Really, living in an RV with your dogs and driving around to find dog friendly places has to be even better than running away to join the circus.  It was so cool for us to meet someone who shares interests similar to ours.

The whole fun experience reminded me, though, that it takes more than one common interest to really click with people.  With dogs, things are a lot simpler.  You either smell good or you don’t.  People are so much more cautious.  There was a time in my life before the blog and before we had dogs when I would have been to shy to risk meeting someone that I admired online.  One of the greatest things our dogs have given me is the confidence to meet other people and talk to them.  After all, I get a lot of practice with that on the ends of our dogs’ leashes.  We meet people all the time who want to talk about our dogs, and I love that.  I also love that it pushed me to be a more outgoing person, even when the dogs stay home.  One day, maybe I’ll even have the confidence to sneak off in somebody’s RV for parts unknown!  Okay, maybe it’s more fun to dream about that than to actually do it, and I’d miss the dogs at home too much to go through with it, but it’s fun to dream a little dream every once in a while.

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  • http://www.bitesandtales.ca Bites and Tales

    That is very true, when you have a dog with you talking to others comes naturally, they are the perfect “ice-breaker”. I got to know most people in my neighbourhood because of Rocco.

  • http://gracefulgreyhouns.blogspot.com Sue

    Very true. Since I’ve had dogs people do stop and chat (even those without a dog of their own).

  • http://www.heyitsjethere.wordpress.com Jet

    Hey Bunny, Jet here. Hi Mr. & Mrs. T.

    What a great post! How cool that you coordinated a visit. Yes, there is something about people with pets, best ice breaker. So glad Mrs. T has expanded her horizons through sharing her life with such special K9s. It’s true, people always stop humans on the end of a leash! Mom said that between taking Rachel for strolls and walking Koko, she met and made acquaintances with all her neighbors. Since I arrived, Mom’s met and now walks with neighbors that have become friends. Koko, JJ and I benefited/benefit from having a pack and pals to play with. Great gifts, right?

  • http://genjiscorner.blogspot.com genjiscorner

    When we retire, it would be great to sell the house, buy an RV, and travel around the country with the dogs. By that time, all the dog-friendly places will have been mapped out for us. My wife and the fur kids are outgoing, so I basically meet all new people through them. Cool postcard.

  • http://www.whatremainsnow.com Lori – What Remains Now

    Everyone that knows me would wholeheartedly attest that dogs have made me a better person. What a fun adventure. You and Mr. Taleteller would have an awesome “on the road” blog. Water that money tree!

  • http://birdbrainsanddogtales.wordpress.com/ Cindy

    Meeting other pet loving people is always nice. Glad you were able to have an adult night out.

    Thanks for your kind words about Nina’s passing. Having read your posts about Lilac helped me know we were not alone in dealing with an elderly pet and the uniqueness of it all.

    Cindy

  • http://romp-roll-rockies.blogspot.com KB

    Sounds like so much fun! We do have so much to learn from our dogs… (this is coming from someone who was awakened to clean up dog barf 3 times last night – and I still love them!).

  • http://sheltiebeauties.blogspot.com Eva or sometimes Priscilla

    What a fun time with pet loving friends!

    I find pet loving friends are more adorable and easier to be with : )

  • http://lifeatgoldenpines.blogspot.com/ Kim – Life at Golden Pines

    You are so right about dog people! I’ve had patients that I had nothing in common with, but ask them about a dog or cat, and we are instant friends!

    I’m glad you had a fun visit–Meeting blogging friends is a lot of fun!! I hope you ‘re enjoying your weekend!!

  • http://TheElkaAlmanac.Blogspot.com Jen

    Oh neat, that sounds like a really good time! That, and free t-shirts are always awesome.

    Additionally, this: ” Fortunately, my pants had no painted handprints on them. It was a good day.” made me snort! ^^ One of our friends says “It was a good day” in a funny sort of way, and that’s what I thought of.

  • Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

    That must have been a very enjoyable dinner. Mom has met a few of our blogger friends too and has had a great time with them. We also know a few other bloggers who RV with their dogs, but we have yet to meet them. Mom always thought she would love to tour the country in an RV after Dad retired, but between his bad back and his poor vision, that isn’t going to happen:(

    Hope you and the pack have a fun weekend.

    Woos – Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

  • http://dakotasden.wordpress.com caren gittleman

    what fun it would be to meet Amy and her husband! That had to have been a complete blast!

    I also admire that you teach pre-school…that is the age that I had always wanted to teach.

    Me? Shy? I feel that I am but NO ONE THINKS THAT I AM! lol

  • http://littledogsonlongleashes.blogspot.com Georgia Little Pea

    Sounds like you had a great grown up meet LOL. You’re right about Amy’s life. It really is like running off to the circus! I envy them too. Love that montage. Are you making a postcard?

  • Rottrover

    So funny. A fellow blogger has recently re-located to our area. I was just thinking this morning that she and I have agreed to meet at the dog park once she gets settled. And I WILL do it for precisely the reasons you’ve discussed. I know we’ll have lots to talk about – and she’s got to be a great person, right?

  • http://browndogcbr.blogspot.com Hawk aka BrownDog

    Hi Y’all!

    So nice y’all got to meet up!

    Just wanted to hop on by and see how y’all are doin’. Hope y’all have a wonderful weekend!

    Y’all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

  • http://petblogsunited.blogspot.com Pam

    It sounds like a great time!

  • http://www.roosdoins.com Roo

    Very cool peep meeting and with food! even better ;)
    Thanks for the link to their blog. Gave em the ol’ follow :)
    Us dogs are great aren’t we :D

    Waggin at ya,
    Roo

  • http://jetsagenda.blogspot.com jet

    there’s a guy that I have come across walking his awesome little fox terrier x pekinese a couple of time now and he is always good for a chat – never would have met him if it wasn’t for the dogs!

  • http://www.GoPetFriendlyBlog.com Amy@GoPetFriendly

    Hi guys! We had a great time at dinner and the only thing that would have made it better is if we’d also gotten to meet your pups, too. As you know, I’m a huge Bunny fan – and also getting to meet Blue, Morgan and Kuster would be the bee’s knees. Hopefully that will work out the next time. One of the things I love best about traveling around is getting to meet people we’ve only known online – life would be pretty bland if we just tootled around only talking to each other! Thanks again for taking time to get together and I hope our paths cross again soon.

  • http://mybrownnewfies.wordpress.com Jen

    How fun that you got to meet Amy and Rod! I am hoping that one day their travels will lead them through Ohio, if they haven’t already!
    I have met a few bloggers so far and the experience has been so fun! There are so many more people that I hope to meet one day, you included!