Honey goes crazy for most people who visit so that meant nothing.
Not until out on the street did we see the true strength of our friend’s super power.
One after another, dogs stopped in their tracks to say hello to her. An old woman had to wait for her equally old dog to greet her. No dog we passed failed to at least give her a sniff.
As it happened over and over, Amy’s husband Rod said, “Yeah, Amy’s a dog magnet.”
Amy Burkert is a Dog Magnet
We all smelled like dogs (or, perhaps more accurately, carried some doggie scent). We all liked dogs. We were walking close together. But it was Amy the dogs sought attention from.
Rod was right. Amy Burkert’s super power is Dog Magnetism.
What Dogs Like
My brother-in-law once thought he had won Agatha and Christie over when he entered the house without them barking at him. Then he remembered he had a salami sandwich in his gym bag.
Food is definitely attractive to many dogs. And, although we didn’t frisk her to detect Milkbone underwear, I don’t think Amy was carrying food.
The sight of a ball will bring many retrievers running, but I don’t believe Amy’s camera bag was stuffed with tennis balls.
Some people are naturally attractive to dogs. It may be the way they move. Or perhaps a subtle difference in scent that only dogs notice.
I Love Dogs (but they don’t love me)
I don’t quite mean that dogs don’t love me. Individual dogs love me just fine.
But I’m not the first person a new dog will come up to for attention, nor the second, or the third. When we’ve found lost dogs wandering on the streets, I’ve always needed my dogs to attract them to me despite their showing no signs of fear. (The lost dogs I usually encounter aren’t running for their lives; they’re more on a bit of a stroll.)
Maybe they sense I’m too needy. Or maybe I need to give Milkbone underwear a try even though I shudder to think what would happen to it as I pedaled my bike through pothole after pothole.
I’ve met other people with dog magnetism. It’s a beautiful thing to see.
I guess I could be jealous. But I’m not. It means that the dogs who become my friend are willing to give me a chance. I may not smell or look that appealing. But they stick it out for a while anyway to see if I can win them over. And eventually we become friends.
A New Moneymaker for Go Pet Friendly?
After witnessing Amy’s doggy magnetism, I thought of a new business line for Go Pet Friendly (For those of you who don’t know, Amy and Rod Burkert run a cool website to help you plan trips with your pets. You need to check it out.)
Here’s how it would work: Amy and Rod would set up camp in a place that would like to attract more people traveling with their dogs. Amy would sit on a lounge chair at the entrance reading a book. As the families drove by, they would be forced to stop the car as their dogs went insane trying to get closer to Amy.
Once out of the car, of course the dogs would make it clear to their people that they wanted to stay. Amy could work on commission.
No need to thank me, Amy and Rod. I’m just doing my small part to promote a stronger human/canine bond when people travel with their pets.
Are You A Dog Magnet?
Are you a pied piper of puppies? A captivator of canines? A gatherer of greyhounds? A beguiler of beagles?
Or are you just a regular old person who happens to like dogs—and is willing to put the time in to become their friends?