My client's mom's boyfriend's dog mistook me for a fire hydrant.

@TheHorse (65973)
Pleasant Hill, California
November 22, 2017 9:21am CST
This recent memory came to me as I was pouring my second cup of coffee. I have no idea why. A few months ago, I was at a client's house, just back from cycling with my client (he's eight). The child's mother's boyfriend has an "anxiety dog," a big male pit bull with whom I had made friends over several visits. As we were discussing our ride with mom and boyfriend, my four legged buddy came over to me (I was still on my bike), tail wagging, got some head scratches, and then proceeded to raise his leg as if he was going to pee on my back tire. I got outa there, dry, and we all laughed, except for the dog's owner. I chose to interpret as the dog expressing his affection for me, though others may see it differently. I guess I'll end with a question: Do you tend to frame things in a positive light, if possible? Put differently, are you an optimist or a pessimist?
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@WorDazza (10105)
• Manchester, England
22 Nov
One of our cats has recently taken to peeing on my gym trainers whenever he manages to sneak into my wardrobe. Mrs WorDazza keeps trying to tell me it's because he hates me but I prefer to think that my bodily smell makes him think that it's a nice, calming, relaxing place to do his business.
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@andriaperry (50681)
• United States
22 Nov
My cat peed on the curtain, now he lived outside
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@WorDazza (10105)
• Manchester, England
23 Nov
@andriaperry Maybe he just thinks you have questionable taste in curtains and had no other way to tell you
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@TheHorse (65973)
• Pleasant Hill, California
23 Nov
I think it's because your pheromones are like ambrosia and nectar and are simply attractive to the beast.
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@JolietJake (51144)
• United States
22 Nov
I very optimistically look at things with a very pessimistic point of view. What can I say, I am very controverted in how I feel.
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@TheHorse (65973)
• Pleasant Hill, California
23 Nov
Sending one possessive pit bull your way. Tel Scar(r) about it.
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@Happy2BeMe (74743)
• Canada
22 Nov
I am definitely optimist!! That is funny though.
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@TheHorse (65973)
• Pleasant Hill, California
25 Dec
I'm glad he didn't "get" me or my bicycle.
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@JustBhem (37417)
• Davao, Philippines
22 Nov
I think I am both, is it bad?
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@TheHorse (65973)
• Pleasant Hill, California
23 Nov
Does that mean you're a realist?
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@JustBhem (37417)
• Davao, Philippines
23 Nov
@TheHorse I think so.
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@TheHorse (65973)
• Pleasant Hill, California
23 Nov
@JustBhem Heh. I am too, but I try to stay positive.
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@GardenGerty (99411)
• United States
23 Nov
I know I used to be really positive. I am not sure how I would classify myself anymore.
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@TheHorse (65973)
• Pleasant Hill, California
23 Nov
What has made you more pessimistic?
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@Hannihar (36533)
23 Nov
Heather, I understand what you are saying.
@Corbin5 (106570)
• United States
22 Nov
I am between an optimist and a pessimist depending upon the situation. I am an opessimist.
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• Philippines
23 Nov
an optimistic pessimist
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@Corbin5 (106570)
• United States
23 Nov
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@rebelann (41404)
• El Paso, Texas
22 Nov
I'm a realist. I see what's actually there whether it's good or bad. As for the leg hike, apparently the pup wanted to mark you as part of his territory.
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@TheHorse (65973)
• Pleasant Hill, California
23 Nov
I assume that's because he's my buddy.
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@rebelann (41404)
• El Paso, Texas
23 Nov
Pretty much @TheHorse of course there are those rare comedians that'll do this just to get your reaction, yeah, they do have personality.
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@BelleStarr (38357)
• United States
22 Nov
I am assuming your tire might have smelled of another animal, male dogs are quite notorious for wanting their scent to be the last one lol
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@TheHorse (65973)
• Pleasant Hill, California
23 Nov
Heh. My bike lives in my house. I don't think any other animals had scent marked it.
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@BelleStarr (38357)
• United States
24 Nov
@TheHorse Well then, he just want to get rid of your scent on it lol
@valmnz (12758)
• New Zealand
23 Nov
He was claiming you as his own property! I'm mostly an optimist these days.
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@TheHorse (65973)
• Pleasant Hill, California
23 Nov
I take it as: He didn't want those other anxiety pit pulls claiming me as their own.
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@FayeHazel (18027)
• United States
22 Nov
I love pit bulls! Oh dear. I'm happy you were dry. I would have taken that the other way. I tend to frame things negatively. Though in other people's situations I can put a positive spin on.
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@TheHorse (65973)
• Pleasant Hill, California
23 Nov
He has a HUGE head and is very friendly. I scratch his butt too. I just chose to interpret his behavior in a positive light, since we're buds.
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@JudyEv (123435)
• Bunbury, Australia
22 Nov
There's that saying about children. I can't remember it exactly but it's stuff like: his children are monsters, yours are highly strung and mine need lots of attention because they're so intelligent. I think I'm an optimist mostly. Vince thinks I'm a pessimist sometimes because I don't get enthused about some crazy scheme of his - but I think I'm just being realistic. It's ll in the way you look at it I guess.
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@teamfreak16 (41181)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
22 Nov
I am very much a pessimist.
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@TheHorse (65973)
• Pleasant Hill, California
23 Nov
What has made you so?
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@teamfreak16 (41181)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
23 Nov
@TheHorse - A lack of faith in humanity? I have no idea.
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@TheHorse (65973)
• Pleasant Hill, California
23 Nov
@teamfreak16 I see people treating each other less than nicely all the time.
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@Platespinner (16520)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
22 Nov
I TRY to always look at things from an optimistic point of view. It makes life much more pleasant.
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@TheHorse (65973)
• Pleasant Hill, California
25 Dec
It really does. It doesn't mean I'm blind to the dark side. But I think much of life is a "self-fulfilling prophecy."
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
28 Dec
@TheHorse I'm inclined to agree with that last sentence.
@DEMI12 (590)
• Guangdong, China
23 Nov
I think optimist is better, is itnot?
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@TheHorse (65973)
• Pleasant Hill, California
25 Dec
Leads to better mental AND physical health!
@RasmaSandra (17604)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
22 Nov
Good that you got out of that situation. I am an optimist usually.
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@TheHorse (65973)
• Pleasant Hill, California
25 Dec
Heh. Me too. The dog and I still get along great and he hasn't tried to pee on me lately.
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@nanette64 (17612)
• Fairfield, Texas
22 Nov
My first thought is always, "Don't it figure!!" If the poop is going to hit the fan, I can be assured I'll be standing in the way of the barrage @TheHorse . Would that be considered pessimistic?
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@TheHorse (65973)
• Pleasant Hill, California
25 Dec
It would. When people say "Murphy's Law" kind of stuff, I do sometimes say, "I don't believe in Murphy's Law" (even though I do when it comes to stoplights).
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@much2say (39271)
• United States
22 Nov
The dog wanted to give you a homemade gift . People see me as optimistic . . . but deep inside I can be quite the pessimist - only those who are super close know that of me .
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@TheHorse (65973)
• Pleasant Hill, California
25 Dec
Jung said "Balance is good." I can be the same way. I am aware of the "crap" that's out there, but I choose to focus on the good.
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@andriaperry (50681)
• United States
22 Nov
Ahem... you may want to change that wording from "Mike" to bike. I am 100% optimist
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@TheHorse (65973)
• Pleasant Hill, California
23 Nov
If I sat on my mike, or mic, I don't think my voice would come through clearly.
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22 Nov
Hi, Some people see the glass half full. Others see it half empty. I believe it depends on the person’s general mood of the moment, as well as other things that may worry/concern them. If one is generally happy with life, in terms of personal and business success, then chances are high that they will take a more positive look, without, however, any guarantee for that. There are other people who tend to adopt a more courageous approach, and laugh or smile, even in the worst of situations. I think the second approach shows a stronger character, and I try to be this kind of person, without always achieving it.
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@snowy22315 (47288)
• United States
23 Nov
Glad you got out of their dry!
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@TheHorse (65973)
• Pleasant Hill, California
23 Nov
Me too. I think the dog is a tad older. Would his pee have come more quickly had he been three?
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