Learning About Canine Shopping

by Houndstooth on

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.

I Spy Something Pink -- Tales And Tails

What is in that fabulous pink booth?

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.

Flattery's First Fan -- Tales and Tails

Flattery’s First Fan

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.

Shopping Hounds -- Tales and Tails

Shopping Hounds

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19 Responses to "Learning About Canine Shopping"
  1. Best line of your post, Bunny – “She got a look on her face that said she’d like to figure out if he tasted like fish or chicken.”

    Sounds like Flattery is going to make a great shopping partner for you with her wonderful people skills!

  2. Sue Dyer says:

    Bunny, I am so glad Flattery behaved so well. Looks like you’ve got your shopping partner sorted.

    Lovely photos of the two of you.

  3. Lori - What Remains Now says:

    Shopping buddies are the best! Every girl needs one. Glad you all had such a good time (and weather).

  4. Sara Blair says:

    Awww, good job Flattery! And I say, someone has to keep those little dogs in line!

  5. My Brown Newfies says:

    It seems like Flattery will make the perfect shopping partner! Leroy is the same way with little dogs, he gets so excited and curious!

  6. harrispen says:

    What a fun shopping adventure you all had.

    Millie & Walter

  7. Emma says:

    Name tags at the bakery? My first thought is that they are edible! So glad she likes shopping. When you are a bigger dog, little dogs can be problematic as they behave so oddly many times, almost teasing like. I’m sure Flattery will figure it out soon.

  8. catchatcaren says:

    what a wonderful wonderful girl! Sounds like training her is going to be a breeze because she is pretty much “self-trained!”

  9. Jay of The Depp Effect says:

    Good girl, Flattery! You’ll get the hang of the little dog thing in time (hopefully!) and then you will be a true ambassador for the breed just like Bunny.

  10. Jessica says:

    Flattery is looking great! Dogs aren’t allowed in farmer’s markets here. Not that Silas would handle it with Flattery and Blueberry’s grace.

  11. Casey the Boxer says:

    Whew! I’m so glad Flattery did well. You grrls are amazing representatives of your breed!

  12. Flea says:

    Oh phew! To be a girl and a hound, I assume shopping should be second nature?

  13. Abby Farson Pratt says:

    Flattery is such a good girl! Looks like a great excursion for the greyhounds.

  14. 24pawsoflove says:

    I think Flea said it best! Nothing like a couple of girls out shopping!

  15. Two French Bulldogs says:

    Bunny you are the perfect tour guide for Flattery
    Benny & Lily

  16. Maryruth Ginn says:

    It was so nice to see the new girl and Bunny at the market. I guess I was gushing over the greys and gave you some misinformation. We do have a new Saluki. She will be two this month. Her name is Lala and she is from Israel. She is 100% princess. The two older dogs like her, reservations from Jubes the Borzoi. Hope you come back to the market. Love the blog.

    • houndstooth says:

      I’m so sorry I misunderstood! I thought you were still waiting. You must just adore her! I would love to meet her some time. I love Salukis, but I rarely see them!

  17. Looks like it was a fun day for the girls 🙂

  18. Words With Wieners says:

    Bunny, it sounds like Flattery is catching on to the wonders of shopping very quickly, including all the attention that goes with it :). It’s a good thing that she has a well-mannered lady like you to model herself after.

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