Life Lessons At The Bus Stop

July 10, 2010

in Humor/Satire,The BEST of TRC

CockapooWhile waiting for a bus this morning, I visited with a lady and her little CockAPoo.

I didn’t know this, but “CockAPoo” is an old Indian word for “happy little ball of fluff,” which exactly summed up the entire being of this tiny little dog.

Whenever someone would walk by, the little CockAPoo would get way more excited than should be legal, and would bounce up and down yelling, “Hey! Hey! Hey!  Look at ME!  Hey! Hey! Hey! Look at ME!”

The people would not only look, but they’d stop and pet and coo and tell the lady what a cute little dog she had, which she already knew, but she seemed to like hearing it again and again.  Then the CockAPoo would lick their faces off.

This reminded me of a story, which I told the lady, and I’ll tell you now.

Years ago I remember being in a similar situation, only it was a different town, and I wasn’t waiting for a bus, I was waiting for coffeesister to be done with her shopping, and the dog wasn’t a CockAPoo, it was a German Shepherd and the lady was a man.. but other than those details the situation was exactly the same.

The man’s German Shepherd was young – not much more than a pup – and the man had it sit on the sidewalk as he walked away from it.  It wasn’t tied to a fence or anything – it wasn’t wearing a leash at all – and it just sat there and eyed the man intently as he strolled away.

The man got about 30 feet down, then he stopped and just stood there.  The dog didn’t make a sound, but just kept its eyes on him the whole time.  People walked by and they’d say something to it or snap their fingers at it, yet the dog didn’t take its eyes off the man for a second.  Suddenly, he made a gesture and said something, at which time the dog bounded happily to him and received a treat.

The man explained that this was a police dog in training, and what he was doing was working on the dog’s ability to focus entirely on the handler when in a crowd and not be distracted.  He said that this particular one was one of his advanced students who’d be graduating soon, and then joining a police department shortly thereafter.

The lady thanked me for the story and said it was “interesting,” just as a few more people walked by and the CockAPoo went nuts.

Then the bus came and I got on, so I didn’t get to talk to her after that.  But I did reflect on the CockAPoo versus the German Shepherd, and it occurred to me that were I to draw some kind of analogy from this, I guess I’d have to compare my attitude in life more to the CockAPoo than the German Shepherd, and to carry it a little further, I’d say that I probably have to admit that I’ve been trying to hang out with German Shepherds for a long time now, when I really belong with the CockAPoos.

The conclusion I’d have to come to, then, is that I don’t focus very well – which is why I never wanted to be a cop or a banker or a real estate agent or an astronaut or anything like that.

Being more of a CockAPoo, I’m more interested in what’s going on around me – all the time – and I want to greet it, yap at it, lick it, and maybe even pee on it if I can get it to hold still long enough.

I don’t want to invest in it and wait for the long-term dividends, like the police-dog-in-training does while standing there waiting and focusing, with the hope of getting that treat when all’s said and done.

I want to play with it.  NOW.

I’m definitely a CockAPoo, because they seem so much happier and they live life to the fullest no matter who’s walking by.  They love everyone, and if the German Shepherds of the world have a hard time dealing with that, they can just go bury a bone and leave me be.

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Palm Springs Savant March 8, 2008 at 11:58 pm

they certainly have become popular these days!


2 Lorna March 9, 2008 at 3:29 am

Gosh, you’re thoughtful and deep for a CockAPoo—almost like a bassett hound.


3 RhodesTer March 9, 2008 at 9:45 am

That’s because they’re such cute lil buggers.


4 RhodesTer March 9, 2008 at 9:47 am

Yeah, I guess CockAPoos are anything BUT thoughtful and deep. Bob Newhart always reminds me of a bassett hound.


5 coffeesister March 10, 2008 at 11:04 am

I’ve always suspected I was married to a Cockapoo & am myself, of course, a puppy-cat..

|_|) “If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans.” ~ James Herriot

PS: Fun fact – Karen didn’t capitalize “shepherd” so now the post is correct, not the correction.


6 Maureen March 11, 2008 at 1:38 am

I loved your story, and got a good chuckle from your connection to the Cockapoo “….I want to greet it, yap at it, lick it, and maybe even pee on it if I can get it to hold still long enough.”

Imagine how dull the world would be if there were only German Shepherds or only Cockapoos. Thank goodness for variety and thank goodness for your sense of humour!

(also – thanks for the spell check option. BTW, lest anyone correct me…that’s the way us Canucks spell humour ;) )


7 RhodesTer March 11, 2008 at 2:26 am

Yes Maureen, the world of Germerman Sheppoos is indeed a very dull place.

Thank you for the comment on my HUMOR (spelled just like TUMOR).


8 Rene and Jerry G Dawg March 11, 2008 at 3:55 am

Oh are you SURE you’re a Cockapoo? Shepherds are so cool, especially Jerry here, and he thinks you are some kind of mixed Cockashep. What breed ARE you?


9 coffeesister |_|) March 12, 2008 at 10:24 am

Turns out the puppy side of my puppy-catness is Jack Russell Terrier (The Artist). Which breed are YOU, René? Rhodester would surely be “The Comedian” tho’ I saw there’s also a “Caregiver”.. Hmmm!? He must be a mixed breed. He is a Gemini after all. ^_^

|_|) “You, my friend, are an artiste! Fuelled by a hounding sense of creativity and an untameable desire to express yourself, you see the world through rose-colored glasses one day and then wrestle the curtains closed and turn off the lights so you can ponder life the next. Your dog-eared journal is filled with brilliant ideas about rescuing the universe, yet you have trouble training your noggin on any one of them for any significant amount of time.” ~ my Dogster results

PS: Regarding Karen’s & my fun, I’m too wet to continue letting Karen have the last word.. ~_^


10 Kikafer July 10, 2010 at 4:29 pm

And a good cockapoo you are. This article describes some of the qualities I’ve always most appreciated about you…though I do sometimes get tired of your peeing on me.


11 RhodesTer July 10, 2010 at 10:11 pm

Well, if you worked out more often and laid off the donuts perhaps you wouldn’t be shaped like a fire-hydrant.


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