Over coffee this morning, my husband shared a funny moment he had when taking the kids to school. Typically, morning school drop off/pick up is the HIGHLIGHT of our dog’s day and he is very aware of when it’s time for said event. He’s always waiting by the stairs, racing to the front passenger door, taking his position in the seat, anxiously waiting for us to roll the window down. (he gets the front, so we don’t have to worry about him leaping out with the kids to go to school with them.)
SOME QUICK HISTORY
We have a Shih Tzu. This type of dog was not a first choice because we were “big” dog people. However, allergies had a say in the matter. Our allergist said there is really no such thing as a “true” hypoallergenic pet, all release dander, but some less than others. Therefore, we needed a dog with hair, not fur. (which all of these are some type of poodle mix) I personally think poodles are the ugliest dogs ever. Anyway, that didn’t leave much of options other than a small dog and we have a condo, so being reasonable won out over our desire for large fur dog, like my beloved Boxer. We settled on this robust Shih Tzu (abnormally large for that full breed of dog) that could handle some rough/tumble 5 and 3 year old. On that note, we worried about the whole “yip-yap” dog thing that smaller dogs are notorious. Flashing back a memory, I recalled watching a friend train her cat to stay off the furniture using a spray bottle of water. Whenever the cat leaped onto the sofa, the “sprinkler” would turn on and the cat would bounce off the furniture, walls, etc. Looking very comical like the game show WIPEOUT. Anyway, I never forgot that clever method. We trained our dog using that same method whenever he wanted to yip/yap, and we’d spray and firmly say NO BARKING. Anyway, he learned very quickly. People are always amazed that we have a little yippy-yappy pet that is very quiet. He’ll bark when someone is at/near our door or something is amiss, but rarely do we have to correct him for excessive, unnecessary barking.
Anyway, now flash forward to my husband’s story. He’s taking the kids to school, and sitting at a signal, he hears this constant barking. Looking over to his right, not the car next to them, but another car over, waiting to turn right there’s this odd looking lady, that has a Shih Tzu sitting on her lap. This thing had the longer hair, with all the ribbons, and very show dog appearance. In comparison to our Shih Tzu, which we usually clip hair fairly short, however that hasn’t been done in sometime. Lately he is very shaggy, dirty, and smelly. No ribbons…ever. Meanwhile, the other is fru-fru.
Ms. Fru-Fru peers beyond the windows of the car separating them and sees Ozo. The lady has her window open, and this dog is incessantly barking at our dog. My husband has our car windows closed for safety (and it’s cold).
Meanwhile, the driver in between the two cars, is looking from one dog to the other with a very odd expression on his face like WTH is going on?
Now, our dog is just alert standing up on the door/window and wagging his tail because we trained him not to bark. Meanwhile, Fru-Fru continues to yap like crazy. The lady holding her is completely oblivious. She didn’t once shush her dog.
How is that possible? How can you drive with your dog in your lap and barking like that? She finally came to and realized what was going on and eventually rolled up her window, but kept the dog on her lap and it continued to yip-yap. You could hear her through the closed windows, and 2 cars over…
It’s because of dog owners like that, that allow these doggies to be “alpha” and bark whenever they choose, that give these smaller breeds a bad rep.