Tuesday 31 May 2011

I Love A Parade!

I have just an observation or two today.

Louise and I were coming out of the doctors today and had a short walk back to the car. I could have parked in the buildings lot, but it is a pay lot and the street has free parking. I think that explains why we were walking, besides as I told Louise the only good thing about your bad cough is that it is…well…your cough. Hopefully, I will be able to avoid this virus that is going around with my superhuman constitution. Strangely Louise doesn’t share my idea of good and bad, and I am sure I didn’t hear her correctly when she wished I would drop dead. I don’t think the virus is that bad? Well, at least not for me anyway.

We are walking back to the car and this young kid with sunglasses, a baggy top and army surplus pants comes around the corner towards us at about twice normal walking speed. I stepped off of the sidewalk just in case the kid ran into me and Louise, well, I’m sure she would be alright. Really, even though the kid had a Seeing Eye dog you just never know which way it will turn. One squirrel not paying attention and BAM! LOOKOUT! Blind kid being dragged down the road! I know, the dogs are really well trained but I have dreams and a somewhat sick sense of humour.

I am guessing the blindness explains the bad taste in clothing. I know it is bad taste, because it is just what I would wear if Louise would let me. So I was wondering about this kid and dog combination and why they were walking so fast. I am thinking one of them has to pee really badly and they needed to get home post haste. I don’t know this but I would think that the dogs would be trained not to disgrace themselves in public. Dog stops to take a leak, the kid thinks this is the bus stop and steps into traffic, BAM! Dog looks up and wonders where the little blind kid got to. I just don’t want to think of the kid trying to pick up number two, down on his hands and knees sniffing to try and figure out which turd is from his dog. They say that your other senses get stronger when you get blind, let’s hope that the kid uses his sense of smell and not his sense of touch.

It must be quite a relationship that develops over the years between owner and dog. They are both very dependant on the other for many things. The human needs the dog to get around and the dog needs the human for a roof over its head and food in its dish. It is a very symbiotic relationship. I have had a few dogs over the years and like everything with a pulse, dog’s age. Faster than humans, seven times faster than humans if the old wives tales is true. By the way, I found out the hard way that you should never ask a woman how old she is in dog years. It only takes about a week for the swelling to go down. I am getting older and I need to wear corrective lenses, I have aches and pains, my “seals” are leaking and I have hair sprouting out where it shouldn’t. I guess dogs wouldn’t worry about that last one.

Now, as I walked past that young kid and his dog I couldn’t help wondering what it would be like in ten or twelve years for them. By then the dog will probably be blind and how is the kid to know? Whenever they went anywhere it would be like following someone with Alzheimer’s, they keep moving but haven’t clue one where they are. Maybe you can get a Seeing Eye pet for the dog. After a few years it would begin to look like a circus parade.

I love a parade!

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