Monday, September 29, 2014
**Warning: Rant ahead.**
They have a festival in a nearby town that I really enjoy but had a bad experience this year. The whole reason I go is to walk the dogs (now singular) around and practice their manors in a crowd. They do beautifully (did - ugh) and it's a nice outing for us.
Saturday, we put Maureen's pumpkin neckerchief on her and took her to the festival to walk around. She always gets lots of love and lots of compliments and I adore that part of the day. I want her to know there are more nice people out there than the mean ones. My friend is so much more observant than me. She noticed that this year there were hardly any dogs walking around and she said people kept giving us funny looks. I was shopping, so oblivious to the whole thing. (She told me this on the drive home. Um, thanks. LOL)
As we were doing the last bit of window (aka tent) shopping, a young cop approached me and said that no dogs were allowed in the festival this year. They had passed an ordinance after last year and I needed to take my dog home. Luckily he was a sweetie about it and said that it wasn't my fault, that the festival board had done a poor job of getting the word out but there were some signs around. We told him we never saw even one sign on our walk in. (You have to park a ways away and hoof it to the festival. Yeah, more walking!) He said that he understood, the signs were small and not well located. I told him the only reason I come is to walk Maureen around so if she's not welcome any more, then I wouldn't be coming back. He said he was sorry but until they repeal the ordinance, he has to enforce it. I was so grateful that he was nice about it. (My friend thought I'd end up in jail cuz I get kinda angry when you insult my fur kids. LOL )
After the cop left us, I asked my friend to hold Maureen and to wait a min. and I went to the fair board table to voice my opinion on the new policy. The lady there was quite rude, obviously not a dog person but I'm not sure she was a people person either. I finally just (rudely) walked away. I didn't want to hear her repeat over and over how that was my problem. That dogs caused issues and she was glad... blah blah blah. Whatever. I don't spend much money at the festival so it won't make a difference but I have no intentions of showing my face at any place in that town, and not just the festival. (Now THAT's where my angry came out.)
Oh well, one funny thing did happen at the festival. There was a lady there and her tent was full of doggy goodies. Cookies, bones, sausages, etc. Maureen shopped (sniffed) for a long time all the yummy things that were sitting on the floor under the tables. (No stealing!) She was quite interested in a giant bone that was about half the size of her whole body but I told her that since she didn't bring her allowance, we'd have to pass that up. (hehe) The lady was wonderful to us and to Maureen. Lots of petting and baby talk. Maureen was quite content to remain there for the afternoon. LOL We did buy a bag of wheat free cookies that if Maureen enjoys we might buy more from their website. She was a lovely lady and I keep trying to focus on that fun thing instead of the other yucky bits.
I think we should have a lovely festival like that but while entry into the festival is free, it does require one well - behaved dog (of any size) on a leash to come thru the gate. No dog? No entry. That way, the grouchy, non-dog people will stay home and I will be happier. Think that might work?