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Old 07-17-2012, 04:16 PM
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Are you ever asked about whether you like dogs while you're walking your dogs? lol I should just continue on with conversation about how much I hate dogs. How their smelly, etc..
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Old 07-17-2012, 04:28 PM
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I was asked that a couple of times when I was younger, actually. I think people must've thought that my parents made me take the dogs for a walk or something and one person look surprised that I was out playing with and walking my dog for my own enjoyment.

I haven't had anybody ask that in a very long time, though. Mostly I just get nice compliments on how well behaved and trained they are, how beautiful they are, etc. I also get some "wow, you must have your hands full!" comments. That happens whether I have all three with me or just a Doberman or two. I also get "who is the boss?" a lot. And "are the mean?"... I don't know why people ask that one. You'd think "are they friendly?" would be a better choice of words if you're really curious and concerned as to whether I'm out with a pack of vicious dogs in a very busy, public place. Oh, and I'm regularly asked how my dogs got trained so well too.
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Old 07-17-2012, 05:13 PM
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I was at PetSmart once and there is a girl that works there who is really, really stupid. She seemed to think Auggie and Payton had Georgie, or at least that's what I can guess, because she pointed to Payton and said "That one's the daddy, right?" Nope. That's her half-uncle. Also he's only three months older than her. No, that one is her uncle too, also he doesn't even have testicles.
"Oh. So you just like shelties?"
I honestly couldn't help myself. "No, we hate them, that's why we have three of them," came out of my mouth.
I have no tolerance for her after she has hassled me and my dogs repeatedly. I can't figure out how she hasn't ended up with some less than tolerant dog biting her or getting fired.
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Old 07-17-2012, 05:56 PM
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I was at PetSmart once and there is a girl that works there who is really, really stupid. She seemed to think Auggie and Payton had Georgie, or at least that's what I can guess, because she pointed to Payton and said "That one's the daddy, right?" Nope. That's her half-uncle. Also he's only three months older than her. No, that one is her uncle too, also he doesn't even have testicles.
"Oh. So you just like shelties?"
I honestly couldn't help myself. "No, we hate them, that's why we have three of them," came out of my mouth.
I have no tolerance for her after she has hassled me and my dogs repeatedly. I can't figure out how she hasn't ended up with some less than tolerant dog biting her or getting fired.
Some people are just so daft. That reminds me, though! On more than one occassion I've had people ask "why do you have (or need) two Dobermans?", "Do Dobermans need to be in pairs? Is that why you have two?". Um, no... we just happen to like the breed enough to have more than one. And then one person said "If you like Dobermans, why do you have that little dog?" as they looked at Dance. I was a little taken a back with just the way they said it and probably didn't answer as I should have. But people can have more than one breed that they like. And I don't get why it's so weird for someone to have multiples of a certain breed either. I mean, I like variety, but I also quite like my matched set too. :-)
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Old 07-17-2012, 07:47 PM
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I've gotten 'Why do you have five of the same dog?' before. Yup, I have five clone dogs. I always love walking all five papillons together and seeing the looks we get. Cracks me up.
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Old 07-17-2012, 08:05 PM
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I can't figure out how she hasn't ended up with some less than tolerant dog biting her or getting fired.
Umm... as a former Petsmart manager, I quickly realized that they INTENTIONALLY hire morons. Stupid, socially retarded teenagers who know nothing whatsoever about pets are much easier to brainwash into following stupid protocol, tolerate low pay and yearly ten cent raises at most & pushing customers towards crap brands like Science Diet and Authority that bribe Petsmart with huge amounts of money. Management bullies & scares off intelligent employees. One of many reasons that I never ever shop at P*mart is how stupid and annoying 90% of their employees are. "Can I hlep you?" "No... I know 1000x more than you about pets, but thanks!" that and their awful brands/generic selection. I still can't figure out why the f a "pet superstore" sells Dog Chow, Alpo, and Beneful. Why would anyone go to P*mart for that when they can get it at Wal*Mart or the good ol' grocery store?

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I would LOL if some one asked me that on a walk. Maybe they're creepers tryna flirt with you, and have nothing else to say? Some customers at my work will see me petting their dog and exclaim, "You must love dogs, huh?" Well... yes. I am a dog groomer. I wouldn't be able to stand this job if I didn't love the dogs, I really wouldn't! So much painstaking detail, time, back/feet ache, and trying to condition a lot of spazzy aggressive dogs to the whole process. But it's all worth it to see a dirty matted dog walk out looking & acting like a million bucks.
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Old 07-17-2012, 08:24 PM
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I still can't figure out why the f a "pet superstore" sells Dog Chow, Alpo, and Beneful. Why would anyone go to P*mart for that when they can get it at Wal*Mart or the good ol' grocery store?
But if they did that they wouldn't be able to use the shopping trip as 'free petting zoo time' for their kids.
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I had a Petsmart cashier tell me once, "Wow, your dog is really well trained! You should take him to our training class!" Um....
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Old 07-17-2012, 08:37 PM
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I had a Petsmart cashier tell me once, "Wow, your dog is really well trained! You should take him to our training class!" Um....
BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Amazing. Why didn't you do it? I'm sure your Mals could benefit from a gentle leader... which is literally all that you get out of a Petsmart training class!

A couple with an adolescent Boerboel was waiting in the lobby of the hotel to talk to the trainer. I was like "is that a Boerboel!? COOL!" and talked to them about him. He was very sweet once I won him over, but they said they were worried about him being so wary of strangers and reacting to other dogs. The trainer came up and talked to them, they were explaining the situation to him, and he said "WHAT kind of dog did you say he is? A BARBELL?" flamboyantly. I caught up with them and gave them the number of my behaviorist, and explained that the Petsmart "trainer" could barely handle his own Lab puppy. Much less a Boerboel. I kept in touch with my behaviorist and the dog is doing great now. Thank god!


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But if they did that they wouldn't be able to use the shopping trip as 'free petting zoo time' for their kids.
Whoops silly me! I forgot that Petsmart doubled as a petting zoo! The BEST was when kids would bang on the glass & run back and fourth in front of the doggy daycare room. We put small dog group in a room with a glass front wall, so that customers could feast their eyes on all of the dogs laying around and/or humping/bullying/eating toys. Kids would come in screaming and demanding "I want that puppy! The little one!" I'd explain... "Ummmm I'm sorry, these dogs are not for sale. Their owners bring them here to play with other dogs." and the parent would ask, "Ok, so where are the puppies that ARE for sale?" D: then the kids would yell "I wanna go in and play with the puppies!!!" "Can they go into the playroom please?" WTF, NO!!! Go buy your Pedigree and GTFO!
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Old 07-17-2012, 09:00 PM
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I had a Petsmart cashier tell me once, "Wow, your dog is really well trained! You should take him to our training class!" Um....
My favourite is still the PetSmart trainer who came up to me while I was buying three frisbees and a clicker and was patting Auggie, and he said "Oh, doing some clicker training?" Then he saw the frisbees and said "Do you do disc dog?" "No, I'm doing target training to build drive for agility." "OH you do agility?!" "Yeah, he's titled all the way through Excellent, we're working on his master's titles." All of a sudden he's looking at Auggie like he must be the most talented dog he's ever met and I'm some kind of wizard. Possibly because he didn't really know what "titled" meant. And then he wanted to know where we train. Soooo I told him exactly who to call hahaha.
It was so weird. I know he came up to me expecting to try and sell classes and instead I basically sold HIM a class. *Twilight Zone music*
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