Last month Honey and I got to meet a special friend. Can you guess who from the title?
You Can Learn A Lot About Someone By How They Treat Their Dogs
Some of the people I adore the most I’ve never met.
But I have read their blogs, Facebook posts, or comments on Something Wagging. And I know how they treat their dogs.
And when I do meet online dog friends in real life, they turn out to be thoughtful, curious, and interesting. Just like they seem online.
It happened again when a blogger visited us on the boat in Cambridge, Maryland.
Now I’m Really Glad I Didn’t Stalk Her
Taryn has been blogging at A Tail of Two Cardis (It’s clever, eh? Cardigans are the corgis that have tails.) even longer than I’ve been writing at Something Wagging This Way Comes.
She writes about life with her Welsh Cardigan corgis (Jimmy and Wilson) and includes interesting recaps of her agility competitions with Jimmy.
When we were driving around Virginia two years ago shopping for boats, I considered trying to catch one of Taryn’s competitions. But I knew she would be too preoccupied to meet me.
And I worried that showing up and not saying anything would be creepy. Y’know, like a stalker.
When Taryn contacted me and offered to make the drive to Cambridge, I was really glad I hadn’t indulged my puparazzi fantasy.
I would have scared her off.
Corgis And Their People
As you might expect of a herding dog, corgis are smart and independent. And Taryn seems to have found a perfect match in her love of corgis.
Golden retrievers are smart and de-pendent. And Honey is all golden retriever. Which means she couldn’t wait to jump right onto Taryn’s lap.
And that was even before Honey smelled the duck feet, tendons, and other assorted yummy treats Taryn had packed for her.
I refrained from jumping on Taryn’s lap. But I was thrilled when her strategy to avoid rush hour traffic meant she has to stay and chat for another hour or so.
Because Taryn was as thoughtful, curious, and interesting as she seems online.
And she was very kind to the golden retriever and her person who threatened to jump into her pocket and stay there.
Real Dog People
I meet a lot of people on boats with dogs.
They love their dogs. But not all of them wonder what their dogs think about. What they need to be truly happy. Or how to strengthen their relationship.
Most of those people I meet online.
And a lucky few I get to meet in real life.
Will You Be My Friend
If you live on or near the east coast of the United States, we’d love for you to visit us on the boat.
Honey and I are both extroverts. And it’s a heavy burden for Mike to keep both of us amused day after day.
At times, I’m sure he wishes I’d jump overboard to make friends with some passing sailor.
Or a flock of geese.
Or even a little duck family.
We’ll be in Annapolis most of September and some of October. We’ll be somewhere in Virginia through the New Year. And then we’ll be heading south for warmer temperatures.
Or you can follow us virtually through the map widget in the sidebar. Zoom in our out to see where we are in context.
Every time we drop the anchor or dock at a marina, I update our position. So if we know where we are, you do too.
And if a smart, independent, and competitive, corgi-lover can survive the onslaught of dog fur, hot breath, and affection that is Honey when she loves you, you can too.
If you don’t already know Taryn and A Tail of Two Cardis, go check her out. Besides making agility come to life for the uninitiated, she knows more words beginning with “W” than anyone I know.
And now you know the secret of the strange blog post title.
Your Turn: Have you ever met any of your online friends in real life? Or do you prefer to keep your virtual friendships virtual?