Tuesday, July 17, 2007

There's all kinds of people in the world

I was talking to a business acquaintance the other day - someone I haven't seen since we closed the bookstore and took Golly Gear out on its own. He was amazed and astonished that we could actually have a store with just dog stuff. And small dog stuff at that.

It made me realize that we're proud members of a global sub-culture: Dog People. There are people in the world who have dogs, then there are us Dog People. We're the people who know that the movie Best In Show had too many glaring errors to be funny. We're the people who know the AKC groups, and that the beauty pageant aspect of dog showing is "conformation" with an "o" not an "i."

We know what "performance events" are and we're the ones who take the online quizzes about "what breed of dog is right for you" and invariably wind up with the ones we already own.

Most of our friends are "dog friends" - people who enjoy spending time with their dogs and the people who "get it." We can talk about disgusting things during cocktail parties and not worry about offending each other. We even have "can you top this" disgusting dog stories.

Dog People are a breed apart, if you'll forgive the expression. We remember your dog's name before yours and we don't mind when you're the same.

So, I'm Roc and Dax's "mom." And I recognize your face from the last match or trial where I saw you. But please remind me of your name, because I only remember your dog's.

8 comments:

Fuzzy Logic said...

It's so TRUE! Not only do I not know people's names when I see them without their dog, I fully expect that people won't know who *I* am without my dog!

I must put up a link to your store. We are opposite ends of the doggy size stick, I think.. I had to make collars for Targ because I couldn't find any BIG enough!

Jan said...

It's true.

Misty, Timmy, Chamois, and Tudee's mom

FrogDogz said...

You know you're a dog person when..

... you sit in a restaurant cheerfully discussing your dog's sperm count with another dog person, then realize other diners are looking at you in shock...

... you picked out your new vehicle based on what works best for your dogs....

... everything you own has dog hair on it, including your dinner...

... all your trips revolve around dog stuff - specialties, shows, trials, etc...

... you'll drive 2 hours out of your way to purchase bulk lots of organic emu necks for your dogs, and pick up McDonald's for yourself on the way home...

... your dog owns more coats than you do...

... you wash your dog's hair with specially made organic shampoo, and your own with the mini bottle of shampoo you scored at the hotel you stayed at while showing last weekend...

Etc.

Carol

Hope said...

I laughed through that list - recognizing myself and many of the people I know......

Is that sweet or sad? I guess it doesn't really matter - as long as we're all rowing in the same direction, we may as well have a sing-a-long!

ally said...

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I choose you to have the Blogger Reflections Award. I have posted it on my blog.
Smiles,
ally

Uncivil said...

That made my tail waggle!LOL
I can so relate!

I only get Abigail and Emily every other week, cause I split custody with my ex.
Most of my friends know not to expect me to do anything that doesn't include my girls on the week I have them.

Love all the pics!

Hope said...

Jimmy -
I can't imagine how you do without them every other week. You are a strong, strong man!

Uncivil said...

I don't know how my ex handles it cause they seem so much more excited to see me than they do her?
That would give me a complex!