On Friday, Barley and I went to the arboretum for my annual "birthday party" where we go look at the Scarecrow Row and other displays being set up for the Goblins in the Garden event.
Usually, there aren't many people there, but with the new canopy walk, I guess we just have to get used to higher traffic on any nice fall day.
For some reason, there were a lot of school groups, which is one of our worst nightmares. They are loud. They are unruly. They're never well supervised.
As we made our way back towards the car, we stopped to take a picture of a cute pumpkin patch. I was getting ready to back away from Bar to get the photo when a couple moms started unclipping their toddlers from strollers and saying, "Let's take your picture here!"
I decided to give up and leave, but as we made our way back to the trail, a large school group was heading our way. We pulled back off the trail and sat to wait for them to go by. Barley sat nicely and was taking treats and staying focused on me while the kids trickled by on the trail. Of course, one of the teachers or chaperones noticed the pumpkin patch near us and said, "Oh, well we obviously have to take a picture with this!" and started herding the kids right towards us. The toddlers and strollers were still to one side of us and there were shrubs behind us, so we were stuck. I had to step in front of Barley and say, "She doesn't like kids." The woman looked annoyed, but she changed their path slightly and Barley and I were able to sidestep over onto the trail.
We also passed a family with an energetic girl, probably about 4, walking in front of her dad. I switched the side Barley was on and got a handful of treats ready and we kept walking. As we got closer the dad stopped and said, "Excuse me, but can we pet your dog?" I told them that she was scared of kids but thanked them for asking. As we walked away, the little girl's mom said, "See, Mere, that's why you always ask before running up to a dog."
Barley and I are very thankful for parents like this little girl's who are teaching her to interact with dogs responsibly. Maybe when she gets to school she can help teach her classmates those lessons, too.
|Even if we didn't get a pumpkin patch picture, we still got some fun pictures.|