Kaleb's website has a lot of stories about my life with him. Below is one of those stories.
I take pride in being able to take my 5 month old akita to work with me every day. I work for a state university and my puppy, Kaleb, and I take walks on campus every day. He loves seeing the people, he gets socialization, and we both get much needed exercise.
How quickly does that pride turn into humility and embarrassment.
Today, we went to do our business first, as always, and then went on our way across campus. About half way through our walk, Kaleb began to act like he had to go poop. Well, since we had already gone pee and poop, I told him , "no" and we headed back to his already anointed "potty spot" near my office.
Kaleb and I were merrily on our way back when I noticed a group of 6 visitors taking a campus tour. They were following the same path that we were about 50 feet behind us. "This is Lovette Auditorium. This building is named after blah blah blah..." I thought to myself, "Now WOULD NOT BE a good time to do anything to draw negative attention to myself, like correct the dog, etc."
I suddenly realized that Kaleb was lagging behind me and turned to look. Kaleb was squatting to POOP right in the middle of the sidewalk RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE steps at Lovette and RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE VISITORS touring the campus. I said a stern, "NO" and bumped him with the leash. He didn't move, so in a panic (trying NOT TO draw unnecessary attention to us), I thumped him in the side with my hand and said "NO!" Kaleb yelped, the people all turned to see what all of the commotion was, and we very quickly made our exit. (Oh and Kaleb left 4 little puddles of diarrhea in the middle of the sidewalk right in front of the steps of Lovette Auditorium.)
What did I learn from this experience?
1. When on walk and dog says he must poop in grass, let him poop in grass. (Better in grass than on sidewalk in front of steps of most important building on campus.)
2. When walking dog always carry more than one poop pick up bag.
3. When walking dog in public area, avoid all important looking people, especially potential students on tour of campus.
4. Before walking dog, paint dog different color with colored hair spray.
5. Before walking dog, person should put on big dark colored sun glasses, a hat, and a full-length trench coat in case anonymity is needed.
Read other stories at http://www.kalebs.net/tails.shtml