Picture this, (you can probably do this very well if you are a mail carrier) you are waiting in your car outside of your friend’s house. You are gathering all of the zen you can muster before heading in the front door because you KNOW when it happens you’ll want to lose your mind. You have a decoy set up-a handful of dog biscuits, which is funny since you don’t even own a dog…you bought a box specifically for occasions like this, and you have brought the largest purse you own to use as a barrier between your white pants and the beast.
You enter the house and you can hear the thunderous footsteps approaching-sweat beads on your brow and you reach into your pocket. The golden retriever barrels down the hall and you throw the bribe in the opposite direction-away from yourself! You hunch into position and place the barrier between yourself and your white denim and pray to God that the mutt gets distracted. Your plan has failed and the golden retriever’s paws have found their way onto your once pristine pants.
Don’t get me wrong-I like dogs as much as the next person. What I’m saying is that I don’t particularly like badly behaved pooches and let’s face it, there are A LOT of them out there! It’s funny because most people wouldn’t let their child greet someone in such a way and the same should be said for their furry friends. I’m not just picking on dogs either, cats shouldn’t be allowed to hiss at or knead your guests! Please control your animals when someone comes to visit-don’t let them jump all over your guests or you may find yourself answering the doorbell more infrequently. Manners apply to animals too and although THEY might not know better, their owners do.