I ventured out last night to a lovely garden party of the owners of a dog that I adventure; Roscoe. I've not seen him for a week as I've been on holiday and the welcome he gave me on arrival was tremendous, he got super excited to see me and barked and made a huge fuss. He thought I was taking him out for a walk, but I showed him my heels and explained the situation and eventually he understood and calmed down. He kept checking in with me just to double check that I hadn't changed my mind and even followed me to the toilet and whined through the door at me. He was besotted and I watched him work his way around the garden checking out all the other guests, deciding which ones were likely to pet him and give him a fuss....he was seeking out the 'doggy people' and approached each one, sniffing out their dog friendliness, but he always returned to me, having evaluated that apart from his owners, I was the next best bet for a cuddle and a bit of pizza!
Watching him got me thinking about how I myself interact with new people. I've recently started to date after a period of not going out and now I'm having to meet new people and I'm finding that I guage whether I'm going to like someone based on their opinion of dogs!
It's often one of my first questions upon meeting a new person, the conversation going like: 'so dogs......are you a fan'? The answer to this gives me great insight as to whether it's likely we'll get on. Like dogs themselves, I can usually sense alot about a person based on their ability to like, love, show kindness to dogs. If they are not a dog person, there's not much else I want to talk about and through past experiences, if a dog dislikes a person it usually follows that I will too.
So my 'Paws for Thought' this week is this: be guided by your dog, by all means work the room (or in Roscoe's case, the garden) and be open to conversation with people you don't know, but once you've found ones that reflect kindness, make you feel comfortable, give you positive vibes and make you feel like you can be yourself......stick with those ones and quickly move on from those who do not reaffirm your views.
Enjoy your Sunday- Mrs PAWS ❤🐾