Just imagine: you're standing in line for coffee, and you hear an odd rustling and clanking noise behind you. You turn, and upon seeing a few-months-old puppy on a leash, you
a) immediately reach down to scratch the dog's head, while also cooing at it about how cute it is
b) rationally turn to the dog's owner and ask permission to pet the dog
And the answer is.... A!
This is something I've wanted to get off my chest for a while, and has been slowly eating away at my nerves: people lunge to pet my five-month-old puppy Omaha without asking me first, sometimes without even acknowledging my presence. Not just once. Not even once every few weeks. It happens every. single. day. I simply just do not understand why people think it's okay to touch someone's pet without the owner's permission first. Especially since Omaha is a service dog! Does this baffle you too?
I am extremely, extremely tempted to start petting the person who touches Omaha without my permission and say something like, "Aww, you're just so cute, aren't you!" in a singsong voice. In fact I may or may not have been day dreaming about this happening all day....
For those of you with dogs, does this happen to you as well? Does the age of your dog play a role in how often people ask to pet him/her? xx