Title: Car Signs
oldshep - January 30, 2012 10:55 AM (GMT)
Driving along on my way to the farm I was following a car with two large signs in the back window informing us of "caution, show dogs in transit"
Now, what was I supposed to do? Bow when passing in honour of these show dogs? Feel humbled that I had been in the (vague) presence of such noble animals? Sit in awe (I was driving) of the fact the owner of the car in front had show dogs? Wonder why there was no Olympics type lane for them to use?
What I actually did was wonder why on earth anyone would want to put such a pretentious sign in the car back window, however, did I get this wrong? Should I have been in awe? *doggiehug*
old52hemp - January 30, 2012 09:36 PM (GMT)
Why does it matter what stickers people have on there own vehicle? Not anyone elses business and why the quite sarcastic comments??? I have a sticker in my vehicle not show dog but working dogs of which I am extremely proud! My dogs are much loved and I never breed from them constantly or pretend to be something I am not, just a very lucky and proud person to have these beautiful collies in my life. I never really respond to anything on here just read but I just get so infuriated by comments that there is certainly no need for just let people live there lives with whatever stickers they wish to decorate their vehicles with, their lives their business. It certainly does not make us a lesser person or someone that needs the mickey taken out of them so why the sarcasam or even think it is worth putting on here?????
oldshep - January 31, 2012 10:10 AM (GMT)
Agreed! If people want to look pretentious let them!
I am sure that your dogs are much loved (so are mine) and that you don't breed from them constantly but is that relevant to the point I was making?
I have asked the same question of a range of dog owners and they feel roughly the same as I do. One show person I asked questioned why anyone would want to bring attention to the fact that there were (possibly) valuable dogs in the car. Good point!
Still, whatever floats your boat!
SmartiPants - February 1, 2012 01:29 PM (GMT)
I suppose we could go down the route why do people need to add "Baby on Board"???? Again what are we supposed to do?? People should be driving careful whether it be "Show dogs" Baby on Board". As said before it is up the individual what they want to stick to their cars? I'm sure they were very proud of their show dogs, and everyone cant be tared with the same brush just because they have show dogs doesnt mean they breed!!
oldshep - February 1, 2012 05:38 PM (GMT)
When our children were babies I had a "baby on board" sign in the back of the car but only when they were actually in it. The idea being that we were unfortunate to be in an accident someone may look for the children. I did not go the "Little Monkey on Board" route (or other banal sign)!
Put up a "I love BCs" sticker or similar etc but I just found the wording of the show dog sign as being pretentious and actually rather laughable. I wanted to get other people's thoughts and have achieved that so good!
ttc546 - February 2, 2012 09:02 AM (GMT)
Nope, dont find it pretentious or laughable. Though i do find your view rather odd and why you should be so strong in your view. They are probably proud of their dogs and fellow show dog drivers would recognise another one by the sticker. It isn't anything to get all hot and bothered about. Your vierw reflects back on you.
Still, if you wanna have another pop, here is the back of my car:
The long red stickers say "Flyball Dogs On Board."
oldshep - February 2, 2012 10:08 AM (GMT)
Certainly not getting hot and bothered about it as I find it immensely amusing!
Your car is interesting, not one that I would want to be seen in but variety is the spice of life! But then, I think that flyball is a complete bonkers past time so...
However, as I had hoped it did at least produce some life on an increasingly moribund forum so it achieved the purpose.
Next topics will be "Should Caesar Milan be awarded an honorary Knighthood?" and "why do flyball enthusiasts spend so much time shouting?"
ttc546 - February 2, 2012 10:19 AM (GMT)
|QUOTE (oldshep @ Feb 2 2012, 10:08 AM)|
| But then, I think that flyball is a complete bonkers past time so...|
and "why do flyball enthusiasts spend so much time shouting?"
Thats easy to answer - us flyball enthusiasts are all mad - but we have a lot of fun being mad..
oldshep - February 2, 2012 10:59 AM (GMT)
It is quite interesting Chris, as my dogs work sheep I spend my time keeping them calm, cool and collected whilst my observations of flyball (mainly limit to displays and watching a top team rehearse) is that the handlers spend much time winding the dogs up. Not a criticism in any way just an observation of an interesting dichotomy.
ttc546 - February 2, 2012 12:41 PM (GMT)
Sheepwork clearly requires calm and control. Flyball requires adrenaline and control. Both are right for their particular craft. runningdog
oldshep - February 2, 2012 01:47 PM (GMT)
and of course, a very different type of animal.
SmartiPants - February 2, 2012 06:10 PM (GMT)
OMG!! I love your picture in the back of your car!!! Its just given me an idea for gifts for friends!!!
Hi again Oldshep I hope you now understand how peoples dogs mean so much to them now whether they are working sheepdogs, show dogs or just pets!! They are all special in their own way! waggingd
Thanks for an interesting topic!! *thumb*
oldshep - February 3, 2012 10:58 AM (GMT)
Hi SP, I understand perfectly how much we love our dogs I just don't see the connection between loving our dogs and decorating our cars with banal signs! But then again I prefer low key as opposed to "look at me!"
I am devoted to my family but I don't have an inclination to shout it to all and sundry! My family would probably tell you that my dogs get priority but, again, I don't find the need to tell the rest of the world that my car is carrying high value dogs (especially with the amount of dog theft going on at the moment).
Anyway, it is good to have different ideas and different views etc and the original post was somewhat "tongue in cheek" (and at least it got a conversation going!!!!)
Leanne_W - February 7, 2012 01:23 PM (GMT)
Maybe the owners of these show dogs didnt expect people to bow down in awe, but rather wanted to share their enthusiasm for showing dogs.
My car has many stickers - a couple of breed ones, GWP Club sticker, 'dogs in transit', Dogs Trust, my vets sticker, BADA, Wildlife Trust, Peak National Park etc. I really want a Pet Blood Bank one too.
All i'm showing is my support and interest in these organisations, the same way the show dogs owner was showing their interest in that particular hobby.
My 'dogs in transit' one is on the rear of my vehicle so that when I take road humps slowly, or I dont take corners at break neck speed, hopefully those waiting impatiently behind me realise it's because i'm carrying dogs.
I quite like spotting other peoples car stickers, gives me an insight into their interests, beliefs, and in some instances, their character.