There is so much we can all learn from one another and especially from ‘man’s best friend, the dog!.
The other day as I accompanied my pups on a walk at the beach I once again noted especially in Zulu, his innate desire to meet and greet. As a puppy he thought he was tough and larger than he was and wound up getting out run and out smarted. As an adult 4 year old dog he has learned the art of chivalry and perception. He runs with joy to meet new dogs or people and seems to know when that joy might not be reciprocated. He seems to know those humans who may not want to pet a dog and likewise those dogs who don’t want to partake in the sniff and greets.
On those times when his perceptions incline him, it is really incredible to see the interactions. Zulu and his new found friend of the moment run up to one another and kind of crouch down nose to nose, both tails wagging. The pose can be held for seconds until they determine if a playful chase is in order. In quick order a friendship is made with playful interactions.
In like manner I notice us humans. The humans with dogs seem to instinctively follow their dogs’ well-taught manners. There is something about having a dog with you that encourages you to interact with other dog owners. It’s rare that two dog owners can do less than at least say hello to one another as they pass. Even people without dogs will greet you when you have a dog with you. There are those who prefer to not interact in anyway but for the most part dogs are a great example for us all. Dog owners always seem to find something in common to discuss.
Crissy field is my favourite place to take my dogs. It is not a dog park per se but is a dog friendly environment where there just seem to be the best level of interactions. I have encountered people with kids and no dogs who actually bring their kids to the beach to interact with the dogs. The dog owners at Crissy Field seem to be the most respectful of others that I have encountered in the SF Bay Area. The dog owners clean up after their dogs and keep their dogs away from kids and people when it seems appropriate.
I’m a shy person at heart and don’t really seek out interactions -but when with my dogs it seems natural to let the dogs play with one another and for us humans to at least follow the example of friendliness. Dogs are great role models! They are unconditionally loving, especially towards their food supply source. Yes I love my dogs and love the examples they set for me and all.