Dachshunds are a wildly popular breed, but you'd think they were rare as a snowball in hell with the amount of attention Miss Nola garners when out and about. This was especially true during our little beach vacation last week!
I'm not sure if it's just because of her breed or because people think she's unusually small (which she's not - she's 9-9.5lb, but everywhere we go it's "is she a puppy?" or "she's so little!"), or a combination of both, but I can't take her places without people wanting to talk to her, talk to me about her, or pet her.
And I...hate it. I'm as introverted as they come, and interacting with people outside my very small circle is just exhausting to me. I can do it, and it's not a fear of interacting with strangers or anything like that. I just genuinely dislike other people 99% of the time, haha. People always want to pet Nola, and that drives me mad.
This is what a typical walk for us looks like:
Nola and I walking, with a person coming towards us with a giddy smile on their face.
Oh no. Please don't come over here.
Carefully avoids eye contact, shifts Nola to whichever side person isn't walking towards.
Don't invite them to interact. Hope they can read body language and move on.
Person comes closer, oblivious to the "go away" vibes heading their way.
Nooooo. Go the other way. Come on, run along now.
"Awww, a Doxie! I/my mother/friend/handyman had one. Can I say hi?!"
Pastes stiff smile on and looks up.
|Haha, they can't see us from back here!|
Every. Single. Time.
Tell me I'm not the only one!
- Dachshund Mommy