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.
So, 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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