One of the many pleasure of owning my own business is the flexibility it lends me to take care of personal tasks as I need to. Although this week has been exceedingly busy, I found the needed time to pick up my wife at the airport. I was able to juggle several appointments in the morning in order to pick her up in the afternoon. That morning I met three new clients, two of which involved caring for a 12-week old Great Dane and an 8-week old black Labrador retriever. I also met with an older mixed breed dog and a home with two kitties. If there is anything I’ve learned about being a pet sitter and meeting new clients is to always have treats in my pocket to “greet” new doggy clients. It’s definitely a sure-fire way to make new friends! The Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) is a nicely designed and easily accessible airport—easy in/easy out. I parked my car and walked into the terminal to wait for my wife’s flight to arrive. Since I came straight from my pet sitting appointments, I was wearing my company logo t-shirt and cargo pants. I made my way to the waiting area proudly wearing my company’s colors and feeling great about being a pet sitter!
Photo: Durham Newsobserver March 28, 2014

Photo: Durham Newsobserver March 28, 2014

I was standing in the waiting area watching people when a few feet away from me, I notice a uniformed police officer and his working dog walking in my direction. I was standing there calmly when I notice the 4-legged officer slow and start walking towards me, 2-legged officer in tow. I thought nothing of it, but then the dog stopped in front of me and immediately started sniffing my left leg—very intently. I see the police officer eyeballing me and sizing me up. I took a deep breath and I complimented the officer on what a beautiful pup he has. He looked at me a little suspiciously as the dog continued to sniff my legs and said “thanks.” By that time I was becoming a little more uncomfortable and then I realized that the dog was now wagging his tail! I then realize the ever vigilant pup was sniffing all the wonderful puppy, dog, and kitty smells on my pant legs! I think the officer came to the same realization around the same time I did and actually noticed the Paws On Durham t-shirt I was sporting. A split second later, the vigilant pup was sniffing my right pocket very aggressively and wagging his very happy tail. I immediately realized that I still had several dog treats in my pocket from my morning’s visits. The highly-trained, drug and bomb sniffing nose honed in on what’s really important in a dog’s life…tasty peanut butter dog treats! I quickly offered to the officer that I was a pet sitter and I had some extra treats in my pocket. I chuckled loudly, though the officer barely offered a smile. However, the officer who does most of the really important work was still happily sniffing my treat laden pocket. I asked if the pup could have a treat (already knowing the answer), but the officer declined the offer…the pup was on duty after all. The two officers then continued on their way to ensure the safety and security of the travelers. When my wife arrived, I told her about my experience and we both shared a great laugh. I immediately know this was one of those special moments that only a pet sitter could experience. In my short stint as a pet sitter/business owner, I have memories of many sweet experiences involving dogs, cats, turtles, people, etc., but this is a definite keeper…to be eyeballed and sniffed up by armed to the teeth (pun intended) police officers. It’s good to know that our airports are being protected by the eyes, noses, and paws of such vigilant security personnel! Always Vigilant, Always Faithful, and Always Canine...

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