Like you, I've been making my list of goals for the New Year. I like to sit in this chair and watch the water and the sky, and the people walking by. I love to watch the sea gulls too. I was having a hard time because of what happened on our walk today... I just couldn't focus.
My mom was putting on her hat and gloves and I was doing my sniffing. I looked up and saw a dog coming down the bike path - YAY! I love to meet new friends! The older woman holding the dog (he was about 3x my size) stopped and stared at us. I was sitting in my "Welcome, let's be friends..." mode. Mom looked up and smiled at the lady - who scowled and dragged the big dog over a snow bank and off the path, muttering under her breath.
My mom said "Isn't he friendly?" to the lady, and looked at her dog (which she told me later was a pit bull mix, and maybe it was all for the best). And the lady said to my Mom: "No, he's friendly all right, but he hates YAPPY LITTLE DOGS, like that one, there." At this I looked behind me to see what 'yappy little dog' she could possibly be talking about.... there was only ME!
I could feel waves of something coming off my Mom, but she coolly said "Oh, well, actually Paco's NOT a "yappy little dog", but that was pretty mean of you to say that." And when she turned away to take me in the other direction she said some stuff that I'm not going to repeat cause ... well... it's not such polite talk. And she told me that that lady obviously was unhappy and did not have love in her life, and we should probably feel bad for her dog, too, because it's no fun to live with somebody so CRANKY.
Phoooo.... I can't concentrate. I'll do my goals tomorrow. When I'm done YAPPING..