I ran into my across-the-hall neighbor this morning, on my way back from walking Miss Brown. Neighbor informed me that Miss Brown is very well behaved, and that she doesn't ever make so much as a peep when I'm gone.
I'm not completely surprised by that. Harriet *is* a quiet dog. But you never know for sure, when you aren't there, what sort of mischief your dogs get up to. It's nice to know that she's behaving herself. And it's even nicer to know that her quietness has been noted by others, and that she's not apt to be taken for one of the local noise makers.
Oh, and you have appreciate a crazy cat lady who is dressed head- to-toe in business black, but still kneels down and loves on your not black* *dog.

Shelly
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Oh, and you have appreciate a crazy cat lady who is dressed head- to-toe in business black, but still kneels down and loves on your not black* *dog.

Hooray for Miss Brown!
That cat lady must have lots of sticky rollers to keep her outfit black, or she may not care if she's covered in fur!

We find discussing pet hair to be a great ice breaker in business situations. Well, to be honest, DH wasn't too sure about it, but he's seen how it works and now he's on board, too.
We find discussing pet hair to be a great ice breaker in business situations. Well, to be honest, DH wasn't too sure about it, but he's seen how it works and now he's on board, too.

A very common ground! My MIL asked for a sticky roller one day. Hmmm - I know I have one here somewhere. She asks "what do you use?" My answer was "why bother?" I mean, I live with 5 pets, interact with any number of other dogs on a daily basis, and I'm supposed to worry about pet hair on my clothing? When a task is futile, I yell uncle!

Janet Boss
www.bestfriendsdogobedience.com
We find discussing pet hair to be a great ice breaker in business situations.

In all situations! At the gym, the grocery store, various meetings, ...
Cinder has been going through a particularly horrible coat blow (although she's now sporting a really great butt Mohawk, which makes it almost worth it). I took her out for a run the other day and someone up the road was out getting her mail, saw us coming, said "Oh, what a pretty dog," and made a beeline for us. She was wearing a black wool coat. So I put on the brakes and warned her about The Hair, and we had a very nice conversation from opposite sides of the road.

Melinda Shore - Software longa, hardware brevis - (Email Removed)

If you can't say it clearly, you don't understand it yourself John Searle
I mean, I live with 5 pets, interact with any number of other dogs on a daily basis, and I'm supposed to worry about pet hair on my clothing? When a task is futile, I yell uncle!

It can get so bad that you've really got no choice - trust me on this.
I once caught my vet going over herself with a sticky roller after seeing one of my dogs.

Melinda Shore - Software longa, hardware brevis - (Email Removed)

If you can't say it clearly, you don't understand it yourself John Searle
It can get so bad that you've really got no choice - trust me on this.

I think I'd bring out the vacuum cleaner!

Janet Boss
www.bestfriendsdogobedience.com
I think I'd bring out the vacuum cleaner!

I do. In fact, I filled two vacuum cleaner bags this week (Saber and Crow are blowing coat, too, and Image is (finally!) just finishing up). It is unbelievable. I should have taken a picture of my legs after going over Cinder with an undercoat rake, but I'll have other opportunities.

Melinda Shore - Software longa, hardware brevis - (Email Removed)

If you can't say it clearly, you don't understand it yourself John Searle
A very common ground! My MIL asked for a sticky roller one day. Hmmm - I know I have one ... basis, and I'm supposed to worry about pet hair on my clothing? When a task is futile, I yell uncle!

There is a similar common ground at outdoor agility trials. With just a little rain - or even a heavy dew - most people have muddy dog prints on them somewhere. And it doesn't take a lot of mud to gives everyone the same design on their clothing and gear. You just can't worry about it. After last year's Wine Country trials - where it was muddy and cold for days - I had to wash my running pants several times in warm water just to get all the muddy prints out!
A couple of years ago I was driving down a highway with a friend who pointed at a van that passed us and said "They must have dogs!". The windows of their vans were coated with dog nose prints. She doesn't have dogs - wonder how she recognized it?
I do keep a reasonably clean house. Really I do. Because, unlike Melinda, my dogs don't ever blow coat. And they're trained to stop just inside the door (RUG!") and get their feet wiped off. And sometimes their beards. And their backs. But the couch is backed up to the front window and I don't spend a whole lot of time with the Windex. We are having a dinner party this weekend and probably just before they get here, one of us will hit the window with a heavy spray of cleaner and some elbow grease. But otherwise, I really don't notice.
And about that doorway wipe-down. This morning the snow is sticking to leggings and forming snow balls. It's almost impossible to get off. When it gets bad enough, the dogs get carried to the kitchen sink and hosed off with warm water.
Sassy will race through snow drifts and end up with snow all over her back. Spenser spent his outside time this morning sticking his head WAY down in the snow and then tossing it as high as he could. But after that, the corners of the couch looked pretty good to them.
Judy
I ran into my across-the-hall neighbor this morning, on my way back from walking Miss Brown. Neighbor informed me that Miss Brown is very well behaved, and that she doesn't ever make so much as a peep when I'm gone.

It's always so great when other people notice how good your dogs are!

And it's a good reminder for us too. We get used to them being good (which for some of them didn't come easily to them or to us!) and forget to notice until someone else does!
Yay for Harriet!
Judy
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