Friday, 8 April 2016

A doggy dilemma and how first impressions can be misleading…

…especially if you’re a Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

Sunny was found tied to a fence in a car park, (How could anyone do that to any living thing?) and is now at an RSPCA Animal Centre waiting for a new home, one where he will be loved. There’s only one problem. When visitors walk by looking for their dream dog, Sunny enthusiastically tells them:

“I’d love to go for a walk and play on the grass.”
“Please, take me home with you.”
“My suitcase is packed and ready.”

Unfortunately the visitors don’t understand Dog-lish and to them his conversation sounds like a series of angry barks.

If only those visitors could take him for a walk and play with him on the grass, they would soon see that far from being an angry barking dog, he really is a little softie…


So you see how first impressions can be misleading.

(The above photograph was taken by Daughter who volunteers at the RSPCA.)

It’s not only dogs who have trouble with first impressions. We often make judgements on other people based on a brief introduction, even though we all know that being shy or nervous can affect the way a person is perceived. How do we overcome this problem? It is especially important when going for a job interview where it can affect someone’s future career. I don’t know the answer but I know that I have often assumed that someone is unfriendly until I get to know them and then I invariably realise how very wrong my first impressions were.

I am now wondering how I come across to people on a first introduction. (They possibly can’t see beyond the fact that I talk too much!)

Have you ever made a glaring mistake based on first impressions and how do you think you might be perceived on a first meeting?

If you’re interested in giving Sunny a loving home then here is another adorable photograph of him together with his contact details.
Sunny at the RSPCA's Southridge Animal Centre.


13 comments:

  1. Indeed, I've mistaken someone's snottiness for actual shyness. As for me, I think I come across as friendly and smart. I'm always being asked "don't I know you?" which makes me think I'm approachable. You never know......good post and I hope that dog gets chosen by a special family.

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    1. My problem when people think they know me is that I never recognise them! But that's another blog post. I hope the dog gets a lovely home too.

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  2. I got someone completely wrong in India. I mistook his curiosity for grooming, thinking he was setting me up for a scam. And he was simply being kind.

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    1. But in those circumstances, Jo, you were right to be cautious. Glad he turned out to be a good 'un.

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  3. Ah, what a sweetheart Sunny is! I think he must be well named. How awful that someone left him tied to a fence! I do hope he finds a good home, poor baby...And yes, I've miscalculated people based on appearances before, but then I know many people have found me a bit intimidating before, much to my dismay. I tend to look a bit stony when I'm thinking, though, so I relaise my expression is not always welcoming!

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    1. Maybe we all look stoney when we're thinking. It's a difficult one, Val, because we can't be grinning all the time...or can we?!

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  4. Gosh..people get me 'wrong' all the time...they think I'm a nice person. Hahaha. I do remember the first time I met Lynn Gerrard on Twitter I really didn't like her at all..I thought she was very sarky and a bit of a bully. Now we are best friends! So it works both ways!

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    1. And having met you, I can confirm to all and sundry that you are indeed a nice person, Carol!

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  5. Sunny looks gorgeous. We have two rescue doggies, both from bad homes and bad pasts, I hope Sunny soon finds his forever home very soon. Hope all is great with you and your family Hugs xxx

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    1. Thanks, Pauline. All of our pets have been rescue animals. I can't bear to see adverts for them because I fear my home would be overrun with pets if I wasn't careful!

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  6. I think I do fairly well at first meetings. It's the subsequent ones where I fall down, wondering why anyone would bother with me. Our first impression of the neighbours' dog was sadly correct. It kept barking and hasn't stopped.

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    1. Sorry to hear about your neighbour's dog, Miriam. That's a difficult one to deal with.

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