|Is this a shaggy dog?|
When we are out I enjoy not only time with the dogs, but interacting with other people who notice the dogs. I always welcome children who politely ask if they can pet my dog. When some children have to be encouraged I always tell them to feel how soft the dog's ear is and that will usually get them closer. I also like for people to ask me what breed the dog is or to recognize the breed and tell me that they either have a dachshund or two or have had them in the past.
Last Sunday at the Lavender Festival interaction was good, but we had two memorable experiences. One was having a little girl who had Downs Syndrome make a face of delight when she reached out to touch Bentley's ear! She was maybe about 3 years old and in a stroller. The adults with her had already petted him and I knew she wanted to pet him but was afraid. Just a little encouragement and she reached out to touch him; she was delighted and so were the adults!
The other experience gave me a laugh. As I stepped into one of the vendor booths a man looked at Bentley and commented, "I've never seen a shaggy dachshund. Is he a mixed breed?" Ha ha LOL! Slightly amused and somewhat insulted, I replied that he was a long-haired miniature dachshund, a full blood registered dachshund. Another lady in the booth had bent down and was petting Bentley; I don't remember exactly what she said but I could tell that she was familiar with the long-haired version of a short-legged-long-bodied-pointed-nose dachshund. Yes, I know Bentley doesn't have the long flowing hair of a long-haired dachshund, but he is definitely not shaggy. Hopefully, the next time this guy sees a dachshund he will remember that there is a long-haired version.