About a week ago, we had the Greyhounds out for a few errands with us. As usual, we were stopped by a number of people who wanted to meet them, pet them and ask questions. We know when we take them out that this will happen, and we plan to have a relaxed, nonrished outing if we’re taking them along. Every time we have them out with us, we hear a lot of comments about their good manners and I admit that I take pride in that.
My first official day of vacation was yesterday, and I was enjoying a lazy morning of watching television and catching up on Facebook while I lounged in my pajamas. Sure enough, two ladies from the Jehovah’s Witnesses showed up to invite us to a “special event” that I have no intention of attending. Of course having people at the front door had Morgan voicing her opposition quite loudly, but Bunny and Flattery had no intention of letting Morgan’s big mouth be the impression the ladies took away from our house.
I was feeling pretty proud that my girls have such good manners and that other people notice them. Of course, the universe has a way of having a good laugh at your expense from time to time. After all that gentility from the morning, my husband brought home small pizzas for us for dinner since Monday nights don’t leave us a lot of time to eat before obedience class.
He hadn’t even set the pizza boxes down yet before Bunny and Flattery went after him like a pair of tiny raptors. I’m relieved that they didn’t start biting his leg, they were so determined, and they’d just been fed less than half an hour before he arrived. You’d have thought they hadn’t eaten in days. He sternly told them to knock it off and gave me the pizzas for safekeeping while he took care of letting Morgan and Küster out.
I suppose they’re like the rest of us. We use our best manners when we’re away from home or looking to make a good impression on someone new. There are times when we all slip up and forget our best, and I can’t expect the dogs to be perfect until I am. I’m just glad that they’re always able to make a good impression on other people.