As I've mentioned before, I work at a holistic pet boutique and Shango comes to work with me. He's a very well-behaved boy and wanders the store, sniffs, investigates, and most importantly, greets customers.
Today, I had a very, very frustrating experience.
A customer came into work with her mother, the younger woman being about 30-35. Her mother just fell in love with Shango. She loved his look, thought he was very handsome and complimented the way he behaved and sat down in our store chair and petted him, all the while he's smiling that adorable basenji grin.
The mother keeps complimenting him and the daughter joins her at the chair and launches into a tirade about Shango. She said….
"I'd never get a dog like him, he's so boring. He's pretentious. He's too clean and he's annoying. How can he not act like a dog? He just sits there, emotionless. Is he even alive? Does he have a personality? I'd never get one of those dogs how boring are they? I don't like him he's too prissy. Ew, I'd never get one....etc"
ALL WHILE I'M STANDING RIGHT NEAR THEM HELPING ANOTHER CUSTOMER!!!
I was so sad, I felt the need to go and hold him and give him lots of rub-downs and kisses to make up for her. How rude is she!
I should have told her....
"He's not pretentious, he's just intelligent to know he doesn't have to act like a dog. Have a good day"
I was SO upset!