The concept of taking our girls into a bar or restaurant in Wellington is inconceivable. Here it is the accepted norm, in fact hotel and bar staff are quite surprised that we would even ask if it is possible. “But of course” was the standard response matched with a look of surprise.
So for the last week (and in the UK also) the girls have learnt about eating out. We always thought that Poppie would be good around other people, food, noise and the bustle of a bar or restaurant. We weren’t quite so sure about Daisy.
Our friend Andre nick-named her Walter (after grumpy Walter Mattau’s character Oscar in the TV series The Odd Couple) because she would sometimes greet him or the kids with a growl and a nip at any hand that was in reach. It’s fair to say Daisy isn’t good with people.
In a bar or restaurant she potentially was dynamite. And the first times we went into assorted pubs in the UK she had her moments – and a fair bit of time out on the street being walked up and down to cool off. On one occasion she exceeded herself and christened the pub carpet but, as someone pointed out, it was no worse than what happened to the carpet on a Friday night anyway.
By France she had the whole thing under her belt (or should that be collar) and no matter whether it was a half full local bar or a packed fine dining restaurant she behaved herself perfectly.
Up to a point. The only thing we have to master now with Daisy is other dogs. Daisy plus any strange dog means chaos because Daisy clearly thinks she’s a German Shepherd. She has no fear of other dogs and barks and snarls at them, anytime, anywhere.
It’s good we have something to work on over the next few months.