|Nat - back when we did Rally Obedience class|
|Pyxi doing Rally O|
While I watched yesterday morning, Pyxi barked, and then bravely ran up to the fence to sniff the guys' pant legs. Instead of remaining calm, the guys thought it was fun to roar, wave their arms, and then reach over the fence as if to grab her. So, of course, she jumped back and started barking again.
If you know dogs at all, you can tell by their body language whether they're playing or agitated. Clearly, Pyxi was not playing. On top of that, the guys even scared Nat who is much calmer and relaxed, usually, around people, so they wound him up, too.
I was dressed only in my sleep shirt (sans bra), so this was not the place or time to explain things to the guys. I just called the dogs again until they came and went back in the house. Inside I was fuming. I know the guys thought they were doing was okay, but all I could think was, "Thanks for reinforcing my dog's anxiety about approaching people." Grrrrr.
On the drive to work, I was behind a Ford Escape. The driver put on the left blinker and pulled into the left-hand lane in order to pass a car. He' never turned off his blinker so the left light continued to flash red red red. Unfortunately, he got stuck behind a truck, which meant that I gradually pulled alongside. All of a sudden, he veered into my lane.
I honked the horn and he pulled back into the left lane -- and then started to cuss me out through his window. Apparently it was my fault that he didn't see me and, I guess, that I didn't divine that he was about to pull over. I could have pointed out that A) I'm not psychic and B) His left blinker was still on so how was I supposed to know he was going to pull over in the other direction? Instead, I decided not to argue with someone while we were both driving and simply continued on my way.
I'd like to think that, in both situations, I elected to take the high road instead of just the path of least resistance.
Some people just don't get it, do they?