Baseball Dog Chronicals
This is Vino…twice a week this big guy loads up in the truck next to his buddy, and off we go to the baseball fields. It’s his favorite outing, and I honestly think he knows exactly where I’m going at 3:40 every other day of the week, because he’s always waiting patiently by the door for a chance to slip out and jump in any open car door. I couldn’t possibly take it away from him, but sometimes it’s such a project to brave the baseball jungle with a dog, and to be honest, it’s hardly ever his fault.
Vino is friendly, he loves people, he loves other dogs…especially the little ones that are terrified by his size and drool…but it’s not always a ball (pun intended ?) because we deal with a lot of nonsense that you just wouldn’t think someone would ever do to another dog in public! I mean over the years we have had the most ridiculous run ins, with some interesting characters, so let me just take a moment to illuminate you all on why it’s a struggle to take my well trained, friendly, lovable dog into public events…
Personal Boundaries– My dog is standing there, and I can see that you’d like to pet him, but instead you inch closer and closer until you’re leaning up against his body…not cool man. He has a bubble too! Not to mention the overprotective one I have as his Mama, so back off. If your interested, just ask, I’d be happy to let him say hello in an appropriate way!
Ask FIRST!- I am always a little amazed by the lack of personal boundaries and respect some people have with a strange dog. He is an intriguing dog to look at, I get that, and I often hear people debating his breed in a whisper behind me, (No, he is not a boxer/mastiff, and no, I did not make up the name Cane Corso…) but seriously, it’s not hard to ask first! Always ask the dog’s owner BEFORE you pet their dog. Gently touching a dogs ear AS you ask to pet, doesn’t count! You’re already in contact, you can’t possibly know how that dog will react to a stranger touching them.
Control Your Kids!- I can’t even tell you how many times I have literally stepped between my dog and random children while their parents are onlooking, just to tell them “you should ask first!” Please, please, please, teach your kids to ask before they touch someone else’s dog! Just because someone has their dog out in public, does NOT mean they want children using them as a jungle gym. I have every right to take my dog out without worrying a child will poke him in the eyeball, grab his jowels, and my latest favorite, PINCH and twist his skin! WTF…For the love of God, teach your kids to be kind, there is no reason I should have to tell a child, “don’t put your finger up my dog’s nose”, and get the response “why not?”, well, do you want me to shove my finger up YOUR nose until you cry? I didn’t think so.
Don’t feed my dog- I don’t care what you feed your dog at home, I don’t feed my dogs table scraps. Please don’t hand my dog Doritos when my back is turned, it’s just rude! Watching your kids do it without stopping them is just as bad, don’t pretend like you can’t see what they are doing ?. I am not the only one with a dog that has a sensitive stomach, and cleaning up barf and midnight diarrhea is not the way I want to spend my nights!
Last but not least, I’m here to watch too! I know I have a dog with me, but it doesn’t mean I brought him to entertain everyone else. Don’t get me wrong, I actually don’t mind him getting some attention when we are out, it’s good for him, and he loves it! BUT, I am there to watch my kid play baseball too, and my pup is there for an outing with ME. So, continuously touching him behind my chair, without asking, or throwing things at him is just ridiculous. Come visit for a few minutes, ask to pet, and we can have an awesome exchange. If you can’t have some basic respect for me and my pooch, please just keep your hands and french fries to yourself, and move along.