Posts Tagged With: first impressions

It’s All About Teeth!

We give tours here at Reynolds kennels. People want to see what a typical day is for Reynolds Kennels.

Most make an appointment . But there are those who like to drop in unannounced because they don’t want us to plan for them.

Is it clean? Are the dogs being treated well? Is everyone happy to be here?

They all declare they want to see where the dogs will sleep…We ALWAYS show them.

I’m VERY proud of my teeth!

Then they comment before leaving, “If you would not have shown us the kennel…we would not have booked!”

Many kennels don’t want you to see the back areas…just for that reason. They are not kept clean.

I have a very clean kennel!

A tour I had yesterday was a little different…

The gal got out of her car.

She was just what I expected from our conversation on the phone. A upper middle class lady. Her dog is her child. Up to date on all the fashions…Her 4 inch heels spoke volumes.

I showed her through the dog kennel.

She showed me pictures of her dog.

She wobbled around the property in those shoes.

Then she said something interesting to me…” I am happy with everything you do here. I knew this was a good place because you have all your teeth.”

Then she went on to say, “You and your family are not what I expected.”

I was a little taken back but I just laughed. But I have been processing her comment all day.

What I think she meant was…” I’m surprised white collar people have chosen a blue collar world.”

I’m going to think about this one for a while.

-Just Krista

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What is Your Canine Cell Number?

What is Your Canine Cell Number?When I am in public at a dog park, etc., I always find it interesting how people react to our canine friends’ greeting rituals.

A good sniff in all the right places sure takes out all the guesswork for our furry friends to decide if they like someone or not.

Even I get the sniff test on a regular basis, but I am used to it by now. Frankly, I’m almost offended if the new dogs in the kennel don’t “nicely” violate my space.

Just ask my kids: I am always telling them that first impressions are so important. Make sure you dress appropriately. Take care of yourself. Do a good job with your school work and with your sports teams. Look people in the eye. Effort matters!

We all judge people we meet within the first few seconds of the acquaintance.

What are they wearing? What car do they drive? Do they smell like cologne? Hair done? Do they smile or frown? Do they look you in the eye or away? Thick or thin?

Successful or not successful?

Are they like me?

Thirty-three percent of a dog’s brain processes smell. Because all dogs have scent glands, this is a quick resource to understand what this new friend is about: temperament, instincts…even what they ate at their last meal.

A good sniff even calms your dog.

We size people up everyday. Sometimes unjustly.

I wonder what the world would be like if we all had this gift? One good sniff in the right places and we would have the ACTUAL, CORRECT information about a person to make a more calculated judgment call.

I know the world would be a better place. Luckily, I live in a world that most of my acquaintances have the sniff gift.

(SNIFF, SNIFF, SNIFF) It is nice to meet you, too.

Yes, that is my correct cell phone number! :0)

–Just Krista

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