Friday, August 6, 2010

Good Dogs Go Everywhere

I spent most of this week in and around one of my favorite cities - Carmel, California - and I left still believing that it is, paws down, the most dog-friendly place I have ever been.

Practically everywhere you go, you'll find folks with their well-behaved dogs. The dogs are good as they walk past one another, as they greet one another, as they stand waiting for their owners to eat, drink, and be merry. The dogs on the streets are leashed, of course, but there are plenty of "shop dogs" just hanging out in "their" shops watching the world go by. The doors are always open, people (and other dogs) flow in and out, and everyone seems to get along.

Water bowls dot the sidewalk, there are poo-bag stations on practically every corner, and I didn't see a single person walk away from their civic duty.

Alas, my boys did not get to go.

First off, they are both intact. I don't mean that as an excuse, but simply pointing out a sad fact of life that there are dogs out there - otherwise very good dogs (like the Therapy Dog we met in line at the groomers the other day) - who seem to take offense to intact boys' existence.

Secondly, Beau would not be able to contain his desire to meet everyone boisterously, greet every dog thoroughly, and sign every social signpost with a flourish. Yes, I take full responsibility for his failings. Yes, I have tried to fix them (you have no idea how much I've tried!) But that's just the way it is.

Third (and the nail in the coffin) - our plans included a day the Monterey Bay Aquarium and a day a Point Lobos, neither of which allows dogs.

On my last night there, as I walked down the sidewalks, missing my boys terribly with every friendly dog I met (which seemed to be every dog there) I was thinking that Good Dogs get to go so many interesting places and have so many opportunities...

... and at the same time I was wondering if they are Good Dogs because they get to go so many interesting places and have so many opportunities?

2 comments:

Katie, Meeka and Maizey said...

Hi Kathleen,
"Good Dogs get to go so many interesting places and have so many opportunities...

... and at the same time I was wondering if they are Good Dogs because they get to go so many interesting places and have so many opportunities?"

I say yes and yes again. Certainly travel gives many opportunities for training and practice makes perfect right? Or so it's supposed too.LOL

I guess we will see if my girls fit into the good traveling dog category when we travel at the end of the month.

It must have been wonderful there. We went to the aquarium on our honey moon and I would love to go back. Great pics again!

BZ Training said...

I think practice makes things uninteresting. "Oh well, same old dogs, same old shops, same old, same old..."

It's much easier to get my boys attention when they are distracted by "same old" than with something new. That said, I don't think Beau would ever chill out enough, although I'm fairly certain Zachary would.

And yes, it was wonderful. :) (happy sigh)