Today is a Blog the Change day. In the past, we’ve focused on glaucoma awareness, because, well… it governs our lives in the woods. Today though, we want to talk about being a good neighbor.
It’s not hard to be a good pet neighbor. The golden rule applies here too… Treat others the way you want to be treated. We had a refresher course this weekend in the woods. Someone had a presumed beagle running loose, after dark Friday night. The fur-girls were highly responsive to its yapping, as were the labs next door. Both the labs owner and I brought our dogs in to de-escalate the situation as best we could.
A leashed dog is a good neighbor. I know, I know, some of you have really obedient, not inclined to roam dogs. But unless you can promise me it won’t get in Gretchen’s space… keep it leashed, please. Gretchen represents shy dogs everywhere. We’re working on getting her more comfortable no matter what happens, but it’s a slow process and there will still be incidents (sorry other patients and staff at Life Centre!) where she freaks out and appears to be a bratty, yappy dog…
Of course, on the other end of the spectrum is Sissy. She wants the world to know she’s here, and it’s a constant struggle to keep her from inserting herself into other people and pet’s space… But we do try to be good neighbors.
What makes for a good pet neighbor for you?