Terri mentioned her neighbour's one year old's fascination with Harlan's tail. This makes me want to relate my neice's first real interaction with dogs.
I was out on the left coast for Hmas and met up with Kate and her dogs Tina (ESS) and Storm (FCR). My sister and 2.5 yo niece, Annika, came along.
Both dogs are really well trained, so it was a great opportunity for Annika to get a close-up of dogs close to her own size (as opposed to the cutsie-poo that her paternal grandparents own). Hand sniffings went well and Annika was fine with Storm - who's as tall sitting as Annika is standing.
On the trail walk, Annika was fascinated by the dogs' constant energy and was not concerned when they barreled by. The only thing she didn't care for was Storm's tail wagging in her nose. She was willing to share her peanut butter and crackers with Tina, but this was not allowed.
Every year I put a stuffed dog in Annika's stocking. This year it was a life-size Chihuahua. I'll make dog-people out of my sister and her husband eventually, even if it's through the indoctrination of their daughter.
The End.

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
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Every year I put a stuffed dog in Annika's stocking. This year it was a life-size Chihuahua. I'll make dog-people out of my sister and her husband eventually, even if it's through the indoctrination of their daughter.

Cute story.
I honestly can't think of a single person in my family that isn't a dog person, not even in my husband's family. Even my kids spouses are dog people.
I've run into non-dog people occasionally in a social setting or at work, but they honestly make me a bit uncomfortable once I find out they don't like dogs.
So, I don't know what I'd do if I ran into one, but your idea seems to be a good start.
Terri
Terri mentioned her neighbour's one year old's fascination with Harlan's tail. This makes me want to relate my neice's first ... dog-people out of my sister and her husband eventually, even if it's through the indoctrination of their daughter. The End.

Matt, you seem to have renewed your problem of meeting only the married RPD Chyx... time for a new strategy.
I'm glad Annika had a good time. Storm and Teena did, too. Poor Teena is mostly nekkid now, becuase I had to pull stacks and stacks of brambles out of the poor girl's coat. Next time DH nags me about not taking Teena out as much as I do Storm, *he* gets to clean up the resulting mess.

I felt a little badly for Matt's sister. We spent most of our trip talking Dog-People Stuff, with a brief seasoning of RPD gossip. I had to make an effort to include the poor woman. I think maybe Matt's sister and BIL might get a dog someday (I'm thinking not, as they still think of themselves as World Travellers Who Have Merely Paused to have Kids), but even if they did, I don't think they'd become Dog People.

I once asked my vet, who has one office in sub-rural BC and one in a working-class neighbourhood, how many of his customers with dogs are Dog People. He says it's around 80% in the sub-rural area and 30% in the city. I think his city numbers are much closer to the general reality: most dogs are family pets and that is the end of it. I didn't turn into Dog People until I had a problem dog and had to get into serious training so I could learn to deal with her.
And you see, Matt? It paid off. Teena didn't try to eat you, or anyone else, even once!

Kate
Teena the ESS, Storm the FCR
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I didn't turn into Dog People until I had a problem dog and had to get into serious training so I could learn to deal with her. And you see, Matt? It paid off. Teena didn't try to eat you, or anyone else, even once!

Maybe it wasn't your training. Maybe it was me.
Y'see - my second biggest chagrin (that is, 2nd to meeting only married rpdChyx) is that male unfriendly dogs seem to like me.

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
Y'see - my second biggest chagrin (that is, 2nd to meeting only married rpdChyx) is that male unfriendly dogs seem to like me.

Good, so can I put you somewhere on that list of people that Solo could go to if anything ever happened to me? He's red...

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Good, so can I put you somewhere on that list of people that Solo could go to if anything ever happened to me? He's red...

and harriet is second in line. and she's kinda red, too.

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Good, so can I put you somewhere on that list of people that Solo could go to if anything ever happened to me? He's red...

Sure!
and harriet is second in line. and she's kinda red, too.

Come one, come all! If I can get my new dog biz idea off the ground, I'll have plenty of time and room for more.

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
Come one, come all! If I can get my new dog biz idea off the ground, I'll have plenty of time and room for more.

I guess Khan can come to you as well, then. Be warned. You only think that you have plenty of time, 'cause Solo + Khan = Recipe for Disaster.
Suja
Come one, come all! If I can get my new dog biz idea off the ground, I'll have plenty of time and room for more.

I guess Khan can come to you as well, then. Be warned. You only think that you have plenty of time, 'cause Solo + Khan = Recipe for Disaster.

They just need a job to do. Those floors and toilets don't scrub themselves ya know!

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
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