Bunny here at the keyboard to share my weekend’s adventure with you.
This weekend, the forecast was for weather that was a bit too toasty for hiking. However, that doesn’t mean that we couldn’t get and do some exploring of a different type. There are still a lot of things that Flattery hasn’t seen. So, we decided to go and do some shopping Saturday morning at the farmer’s market.
I suspect that the humans had a strong craving for cheese, which fueled the decision a bit. I didn’t have any complaints since it also meant we got to visit Grey Girl Farms for more dog treats. I convinced Mom that we needed to get peanut butter flavor and bacon flavor this time. They are both delicious options.
Of course, being a Greyhound, you never travel incognito. There are people who run stands there and are regular shoppers who actually recognize me, including the lady from Grey Girl Farms. I’m not sure why, but when you’re a Greyhound, everybody knows your name. When we walked up to the lovely pink treat booth, there was a couple there with a small furry Shih Tzu and the lady was telling them about how Greyhounds make great pets. I sniffed the little dog and was very polite even though he didn’t have such good manners and was jumping on Mom and me.
This was Flattery’s first time seeing little dogs and she got very excited. She got a look on her face that said she’d like to figure out if he tasted like fish or chicken. It never occurred to her that he is actually a dog. I’m pretty sure that she still wasn’t convinced by the time they left. The people picked up their dog and carried it every time they saw Flattery after that, though. I have a feeling they won’t be adopting a Greyhound. It seemed like it was Little Dog Day at the market that day, but fortunately, nobody else noticed Flattery’s intense attention on their little dogs. Obviously, we have some work to do on that front.
However, Flattery did do a great job meeting the public.
She was friendly to everybody. Her tail wagged and she paid attention to everyone. Lots of people wanted to pet us, and Flattery obliged every one of them. She is definitely people safe. I was proud of her as she acted gracious and regal, instead of like a goofy puppy. I’m pretty sure she won over a few new fans.
We also saw the lady who sells things for her daughter there. She has some lovely sighthounds of her own, a Saluki and and Ibizan Hound, I know for sure. Of course, she took a liking to us right away last year. When she saw me this year, she recognized me straightaway and she and Mom had a chat. She lost one of her senior dogs this year, too, and is looking for a new Saluki. She completely understood about Flattery and her keen interest in little furry things. I can’t begin to tell you how wonderful and cool I think she is.
After we were done socializing and making our purchases, it was time to move on.
We made our way to our next destination which was the dog bakery. Flattery is in need of a tag that matches the ones the rest of us have and we ordered her one. I think that will make her a truly official member of our family. Of course, she’s already a member of our family, but I think this would be a nice additional sign.
I have to say that she did a fantastic job of shopping at the bakery. She was friendly with everybody and was very curious about the toys they had there. One of the girls asked if she was friendly, and I couldn’t believe Flattery’s big grin and wagging tail weren’t sign enough that she was indeed friendly. However, Dad told them that she was and she got lots of attention there, which she also loved. Fortunately, she behaved herself completely and did not steal any treats and comported herself like a proper young lady while we were in there. I think there’s definitely hope for her as a future shopper.