Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Thoughts from a First-Timer

It's amazing what you learn about people with a puppy by your side.  Most people are really nice and have good questions about the "seeing eye puppy," (surprisingly, I've only gotten that a few times) and I gladly tell them about service dogs and CCI!

But there are some people I will never understand.  I have met people, who, when I tell them Dante has to sit before being petted, start yelling "Sit, sit, sit!"  Thanks for your concern, but I am quite capable of getting my dog to sit.  I try to be a good ambassador of myself and CCI, but we have rules that pet dogs don't have to follow.  If he is having a hard time focusing, and is jumping up, he can't meet people.  Most understand, but some look at me like I just insulted them.  Don't get me wrong, I love to talk to people and let them meet Dante, but in the end, he is here to work for me.

We haven't been inside any public places, but even just walking, or in parking lots, etc., we get stares and surprised looks.  That doesn't bother me at all.  But I don't know if I'll ever get used to some of the comments.  Like the lady who drove by us: Yes, I know how cute my puppy is without you yelling it out your window as you drive by!  She didn't even sound sweet, like really yelling.  Or the grown man who was making kissing noises at him.  Really!?!?!?  What am I supposed to say to that?? 

Dante doing a great "sit" - and staying - in the Walmart parking lot.  (This 
is also his "goofy sit" with both legs off to one side)

My favorite comment I have heard thus far, wasn't even directed at me, it was just said by a passerby-er: "Look, ______, it's a super dog!"  Yes, Dante, you're going to be a super dog alright! 


  1. After years of puppy raising, my best advice for those somewhat odd comments is just to smile and nod. With an optional thank you sometimes involved (thank you?).

    I've had so many weird comments from people. It's crazy what they come up with!

  2. It doesn't take long to join the club of remarks. It really is amazing, isn't it?! A great school project/paper could be written on this side of Puppy Raising alone. =) Nicely done, Hannah, on staying focused with Dante.

  3. Thanks!
    Madison, thanks, I am learning that that is the best way to go ;)
    Mrs. Tara, thanks, and I miss you so much!
    Elle, I know, I really should. Some days everyone we meet are great and sometimes we run into the "crazy" crowd! I guess everyday will be a new adventure!

  4. Hannah, you didn't mention about the opinionated neighbor who recommended you watch "The Dog Whisperer" on TV to learn how to teach Dante, lol!


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