We were walking from the Paia parking lot toward Mana Foods on the sidewalk. You were smiling and making eye contact, walking toward us with your adorable lab-type puppy on a leash. I start making baby voice noises at the dog because, well, I love cute puppies. You, still an apparently normal dog lover, didn’t seem to object. Then as we got closer, my dad bent down and reached to pet the adorable puppy. That’s when you, out of nowhere, yanked the leash away and snapped, “Hey! I don’t pet you!” Then you stomped off. What kind of weird, possessive power trip causes a dog owner, out in public with a fully vaccinated, clearly friendly, confident young dog, to be so rude to a fellow dog-lover? And to somehow suggest that a stranger petting a dog is as inappropriate or weird as a stranger petting another stranger? Great way to socialize your puppy, lady—not to mention spread the Aloha. Get friendly, or get out of here.
Illustration by Ron Pitts