Recently, Barley and I were out walking in our neighborhood. It's never uncommon for someone to stop us to ask questions about Barley, so I wasn't surprised when a woman walking a Lhasa Apso put on the breaks and said hello.
What happened next, though, caught me off guard.
Woman: "I thought you were walking a skunk because of her coloring."
Me: "Her tail is a little skunk-like."
Barley: hearing the word tail starts wagging like a fool
Woman: "Yeah, with that black and white on her tail."
Me: "Luckily for me, she doesn't smell like one."
Woman: "Skunks are beautiful, though."
Barley: looks at the little dog, looks at me, nudges my hand for a treat
Me: "Yes, they are pretty animals."
Woman: "Yes, especially when you have a whole group of them together. It's like a black and white carpet."
Me: "I bet! You have a good morning now."
Barley and I quickly hurried in the opposite direction. If we have 50-pound skunks roaming the neighborhood (and even worse, whole "carpets" of them!), we're never leaving home again. Sometimes, it really does feel like we're living in a sitcom, but I guess I shouldn't be surprised that my unique dog attracts the most unique people.