Wednesday, 19 November 2014

What a crock of ....

...Poo.

People fascinate me.  They amuse me.  They annoy me and they totally grate on my nerves like nails down a chalkboard.

Walking Iz and Defi this morning, the sun is struggling to show its face, but its a worthy cause, its not too wet, more damp after a lighter than light frost so the grass is dewy but the cobwebs on the hedge haven't got that sparkle, the birds are chirping loudly to each other and flying in clouds of feathers and noise, its an idyllic country walk through the orchards.  The apples lying on the ground rotten and mashed, their perfume rising through the dead leaves and still letting the passing thought of apple pie and cider give life to their otherwise decaying mass, so why, oh why, do some people find it nigh on impossible to smile?

I wear the classic dog walking attire, jeans that I wore the day before usually with a dried muddy dog paw of someone else's dog that has jumped up in greeting, wellington boots that have a dab of Gorilla glue down the back seam on the right boot; this dab looks like dried slug snot but it works and as long as I don't go wading in the swollen river Wye I will be ok to walk through the mud and leaves.  My jacket, rain mac - call it what you will - is covered in muddy splatters from the down pours of last week, I haven't bothered washing it, what's the point? its winter and it will be the same next week when the rains comes again, besides I am out of water proofing 'stuff'.  I do sport my lovely snuggly hand crocheted fingerless mittens and my old battered once purple now a faded spectrum of weak lilac and puce bag that holds my doggy poo bags, dog biscuits, two spare balls as Iz keeps losing them amongst the apples and with their lime green colour now replaced with a concoction of cow poo doggy saliva grass stain colouring they blend into the undergrowth too well and become lost for a few days - we do usually find them again, this morning we found the two we lost last week.....

So I am a catch, a sexy, dog walking female with red hair, blown into a wind swept style with rosy country cheeks and a smile - more walking wardrobe disaster, mud splattered and scowling at Defi rolling in a muddy puddle, BUT, I always smile and say good morning to few people I meet.

They came towards me in clean and almost new, so new I could see where the tags had been attached on their matching red jackets with blue trim, their waterproof trousers and very swanky walking boots, they even had those walking sticks that I covet each time I slip and fall on my arse in the mud but the husband tells me I will look old, like wellies with slug snot glue doesn't have the same effect?  Defi goes one side of the older couple and Iz walks the other side, both dogs shiny clean - I raise my eyes to the heavens and thank the Lord for his kindness this morning - and I smile at the smaller of the couple, the woman, whilst two golden tails wag slowly and up right past them. The scowl from the old hag as she flinched from; I am blaming the dogs here but I feel it was me in my ancient water proof jacket, once white now an off ivory mud stained colour with my dirty jeans and mad hair and the look she gave me would have floored Satan and put out the fires of damnation with their icy glare.

I mean, really.  Do people really expect to not see dogs on a river side walk, when they have walked past the cows in the field, the sheep in the field on the lanes?  When they have spied the dog poo in all its glory from the 70's styled white dried out look to the more modern, but none the less well known, fluffy white with mould mounds?  Are the manky tennis balls, discarded by faithful hounds chasing tails not a dead giveaway that dogs might actually be here amid the plethora of squirrels, badgers, foxes, hedgehogs, wild birds, birds of prey, farm animals and such like?

Would it have a devastating effect on her walk if she had smiled?  At least her matching husband acknowledged me although he failed to comment on my attire as he straightened the blue trim of this jacket.

7 comments:

jinxxxygirl said...

I don't know Laney....... there are leash laws here and i would have been upset if they weren't on leashes. I don't know them and they don't know me. Even if they are the world's friendliest dogs , i would still want them leashed. Maybe thats why they weren't too friendly. Hugs! deb

Izzybeads by Laney said...

Hi Debs, that's interesting do you have to leash your dogs even in a field? That is essentially where I was in the woodland fields. I appreciate that people don't like dogs I know if I see a big dog coming towards me I can be apprehensive, but this woman was just plain miserable and it was if we shouldn't have been there at all, leashed or not!

tomcat said...

ah well maybe he had just told her he had herpes from his secretary
leashed - unleashed - hmm sounds like an album by AC/DC
Knowing the dawgs in question - shame on them for missing out on one of life’s great adventures and a happy meeting, they put a smile on our face when we came to visit, but I can understand that some people are apprehensive, have you seen the cost of the matching coats? Don’t need a cleaning bill as well !

Liz E said...

Sometimes people are just unhappy and it has nothing what-so-ever to do with anything remotely under your control. They see the worst in life, and make life more miserable because of it. I give everyone a friendly "good morning", with no expectations of reciprocity. Where I live people are so busy texting on their damn phones if they even look up I consider it a victory.

Izzybeads by Laney said...

Snigger and snorting tea all over the laptop!

Izzybeads by Laney said...

Liz I am the same I just smile as for people on phones grrrrr....one particular dog, a huge beast by the name of Hugo, his owner is always on the phone never paying him any attention and he tries and tries and tries to get her to play with him, it nearly breaks my heart to see him like that.

Purple Cobwebs said...

If we're out walking and we see dogs approaching, it makes my day if I can make eye contact and get a wag!!! Even better if they come up for a stroke. If we are out walking over the fields I expect the dogs to be running free, as long as they are friendly. I'm a bit naughty as I encourage them to come and say hello, and don't mind in the least if they jump up in their excitement. I'd rather have muddy jeans and a play with a dog than clean jeans and all the dogs on leads!!!