If you were wondering why things were quiet again, this is why…I have had a bunch of craziness here lately, and here is just one story to illustrate what’s been happening…
My SD and I were shopping. Suddenly from behind me I hear a small girl (maybe 10?) telling her mom “Mom, that lady has a dog in the store! Dogs aren’t allowed in the store!” The mother kind of ignored the kid for a minute, then the kids says again “MOM, it’s not allowed!” The mother said “That dog is wearing a coat, that means she’s helping that lady.”
It was super irritating. And that was only my morning.
That afternoon I managed to roll my ankle, and I’ve now sprained it pretty badly (grade 2 sprain). Things like this happen to me a lot, because of my EDS. I have a PT file that would take a very large man to carry. So we ended up in urgent care. As I walk in the door, a woman squeals “Oooooh PUPPY!” and makes a dive for my dog. A GROWN woman. Probably older than me! I pulled my dog close and said “No petting, she’s working.” The woman stopped, looked at the patch on her vest and says “Oh…sorry.” And walked away. I was already irritated from the kid, in pain with my ankle, and having enough trouble hobbling along, can the woman not see that even if my dog weren’t in a vest that I am clearly NOT looking to socialize at the moment? I am at the hospital and can hardly hobble, I thought it was pretty obvious. I made it to the desk, got checked in and sat down to wait. The nurse starts asking me questions about SDs. Then she said “Oh I wish I could pet her!” and gave me that look like I was supposed to say “Oh of course you can! Please, by all means!” When I didn’t, she asked more questions (I’m exhausted, hurting, irritated and wishing people would just hush up and let me be) about people petting (or trying to) my dog in public. So I told her it is a crime to interfere with a working dog, and that distracting a working dog could be very dangerous to the team.
You are not going to believe what happened next.
The woman, the one who dove for us when we first hobbled in the door, pops out from behind the plant about 3 feet to our left, SCARES the CRAP out of me and my dog too and says “Oh good to know that, guess I won’t try to pet her! Sorry!” and leaves.
WHAT THE HECK?!? Seriously? Was she hiding behind the plant so she could pet my dog? For REAL??? There are some sick and messed up people in the world. I ended up having my ankle put into an air cast, and went on my way.
This is why I live in the boonies like a hermit. Too many people are WEIRD and creepy. I never in my life would have imagined someone would HIDE behind a plant in a hospital, and pop out at me in an attempt to PET A DOG.
It was not a great day.