My experience at the big pet store was not a good one. My female peep used to take the big dog there all the time. He’d ride in the car with her whenever she had a chance to take him out, but with his sore hips and his torn ACL a while ago, getting in and out of the car is not easy for him. Poor guy. I have to pity him. Going for car rides are THE BEST!
FEMALE PEEP: “Come on, Charlie Bear, I’ll take you with me. We need to buy a harness that fits.”
Okay, it looked like I was getting that harness whether I liked it or not. Might as well enjoy the moment. We went to that big place and it smelled like dogs EVERYWHERE. At the bushes outside, at the front door, at the table where the treats were sold, down all the aisles we walked, I mean everywhere. I sniffed and scrambled and then I just had to do it. I marked the territory.
FEMALE PEEP: “Charlie, don’t!”
She saw the little puddle of yellow and then looked around, her eyes darting to the end of the aisle where a roll of toweling sat with some plastic gloves. Ahhhh…clean-up supplies. Guess I wasn’t the first to raise a leg.
Then a young chick came walking over. “Can I help you?” she said to my female peep. “I’ll hold your little guy’s leash while you clean up.” My female peep turned me over. Just like that. Well, it was my fault she had to wipe up after me, but what happened next was not good for me.
YOUNG CHICK AT PET STORE: “Come here Charlie Bear. Let’s say hello to this Boxer down this next aisle.”
No, you have got to be kidding. My female peep would not have done that, not with all the newness happening in my life. She wouldn’t have put me in front of a big Boxer that day, but this young thing did. And it wasn’t pretty. I growled and snapped at him. My female peep came running, blue plastic glove and all.
FEMALE PEEP: “He’s a rescue. Not too sure about him with other dogs right now.”
My adrenaline was rushing and I was in fight mode. It’s a good thing they pulled me off that Boxer. I could have taken him down. Instead, when I walked in the door when we got home, I took it out on someone else instead.
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NOTE: If you want to catch up with what happened in LBA (Life Before Adoption), you can look under “Charlie Chat” on the right. All the posts are there, and these new ones about LAA (Life After Adoption) will be there too. Watch for more of Something to Chew On by me, Charlie Bear, in the weeks ahead.
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