March 21st 2010 4:45 am
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Sunday, March 21st
So the pawrents decided to go walking in Itaewon. Unfortunately, we had a few run-ins with the plethora of dogs. It started with a couple on one of the decks. They were just tied there. Dad blocked and we were ok. We went into a couple of stores. One had some purses that Mom wanted to look at. That was cool. We headed into another store that had several smaller places set up inside. As we were getting ready to go towards the door, one of the shopkeepers started asking Mom about me. Then we heard this dog bark behind the counter and he let it out. It was a Pomeranian with an attitude problem. It runs up to me, gets in my face, and growled. Mom stepped in between us and it nearly nipped her. The old man grabbed it. Mom was ticked. It was only then that he realized he had really messed up; he hadn't read my vest until then. He apologized.
Then someone's Poo-cross tried to get in my face. It was loose out on the sidewalk. Dad was running interference, but just wasn't getting the job done. Then we saw a young Bull Terrier that was quite simply overwhelmed and overstimulated. We found out later that someone was holding him for his owner. He started screaming when he saw me and then wouldn't shut up. Then we passed one of the dogs from the deck. It ignored me for the most part, but it got the pup going again. Finally, the little Terrier mix that is normally tethered to his owner's bike was running loose. Mom just picked me up.
We were going to catch a bus back, but after waiting for 10 minutes without one coming by, the pawrents decided to just walk back. We were waiting for the signal so we could cross the street when these two girls came up. They said their assignment was to talk to native English speakers and conduct an “interview”. Simple stuff: What's your name? Where are you from? What's your favorite place in Korea? Why? Dad just rolled his eyes. It was legitimate, but sorta funny since they have basic level skills. Mom let them do their interview.
Mom was being very careful on the steep stairs. There wasn't much pedestrian traffic out in this area and it was much quieter than on the main drag. We passed the Bull Terrier pup again. He had his tail tucked under and was holding his head low. He looked like he was half a step from either shutting down or going off. He didn't see me. It was almost like he wasn't seeing anything.
When we got home, Mom popped me into the tub and washed my feet and legs. I ate then piled up for a nap.
Dad has tomorrow off and we are thinking about heading back to the zoo. At least there, Mom doesn't have to worry about strange dogs trying to jump on me every time I turn around.
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Wow, that is a LOT of dogs! I'm glad your mom can pick you up in that situation-- I think mom would look pretty silly if she tried that with me!