We all know that when we have children, we no longer have names. Soon we are referred to as so-and-so’s mom or dad. This is something that we, as parents, accept and even expect. Did you realize the same thing happens when you adopt a dog? Actually, the situation becomes worse in this case.
The problem really came to light when we moved to this new apartment home complex. Several tenants have dogs and there is even an open grassy area where they can play and wrestle about. In the few weeks we have lived here I have come to know many of the resident dogs – Gabby, Lulu, Leroy, etc. How many of the owners’ names do I know? None, zilch, nada.
Somehow it is so easy to ask the dog’s name and even get a whole history of their birth, eating habits, training, and idiosyncrasies. Sharing treats, giving a nice scratch, or even exchanging a command or two is very normal. What to ask about how often they are taken for walks? No problem. Your dog’s having constipation? Do share. Spay or neuter surgery coming up? Congratulations! No subject is taboo with other dog owners except trying to train someone else’s dog without permission.
What’s kind of considered weird and a bit overfamiliar is asking or even making non-dog-related chitchat with the other owners.I don’t know why, that’s just how it is. On the off occasion that you do exchange formalities, you never remember them nor do you recognize them if they do not have their canine companion nearby.
Has this happened to you? What are you known as in your dog-lover community?