Monday, May 26, 2008

As Dog Is My Witness

New Yorkers have soft spots for dogs and babies, and feel completely free to wave at, coo at or even make eye contact with them, which is otherwise unheard of. I suspect one reason is that a direct and positive response is likely to result, whereas one can never be sure of that here with a human over the age of three.

I've now been able to experience the receiving end of this for a whole couple of days, and there is an added benefit to the "parent" - a certain pride in your little one being acknowledged and appreciated.

However, one should never make assumptions. The other night I was out with Cassie, and a man started praising her beauty, her walk and her smile from ten feet away. And then, as I passed him, he added, "And your dog's cute too."

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