On one of our rides last week, we made our usual stop at Tim's in the Grove before taking the coffee down to the lake. While I was inside ordering the brew, someone tied their dog to a post near Cuppa. As soon as Cuppa spoke a few friendly words, the mutt rolled over and assumed the requisite position for a tummy rub.
It's something that I have been noticing a lot lately. Has there been a big societal change or has it always been so?
I speak not of canine tummy rubs, at least not necessarily, but of the bond between woman and pooch.
It seems to me that the phrase Man's Best Friend is no longer true if it ever was. Or if it was, I interpreted wrongly, for it must have meant man in the broad sense as in mankind or human as opposed to male. But methinks that it really did mean males, and, if it did, the times they are a'changin.
The phrase should be altered to say Woman's Best Friend because it is they who are walking the dogs in my neighbourhood. Not that men don't as well, but it seems that the preponderance of walkers are female.
Are they family pets, and is it the ladies who walk them either because no one else will or because they want company on their walks? Or are women choosing canine companions in unprecedented numbers? If so, do they choose out of loneliness, desperation, or preference? Could it be that the pooch makes a better companion than the typical male?
Really, I have no idea what's going on. It's simply a phenomenon, at least in these parts, that I have been noticing.
I'd like to discuss this more, but Cuppa is approaching with the leash and saying "Walkies?!" Apparently I am dog enough for her.
Thank goodness. But when do I get my tummy scritched? Huh?