But to "steal" from Hiram, I am baffled by why dogs are showing up on my campus where I don't expect them:
I stumbled over a hamster-sized dog that was taking a nap in the doorway of our Student Services office last week. It yipped at me, rightfully so, and I yipped back, equally startled.
I was chastised by the Copy Center clerk for leaving the door open "too long" (thereby resulting in their resident K-9 escapee making a break for it). For clarification "too long" meant just long enough for me to walk through the door. Why is it now my responsibility to police their office dog?
This morning I had to escort a much-too-adorable beagle out of my classroom because it was (obviously) way more interesting than me or the assignment that my summer students were agonizing over. The students and the beagle now hate me. Well, let me be clear: the students hated me long before this incident.
The Student Health Center (!) has a mutt that I am not altogether sure is 100% alive; it seems to be in the same position by the window every time I pass by, its nose twitching, but not much else moving. Surely its dander can't be healthy for anyone allergic (or otherwise).
I was also accosted by an evil, evil spawn of the devil Min-Pin upstairs in my own building. I have no idea who it belongs to (definitely Satan), but it was guarding the top of the stairs, allowing only those of a certain level of evilness to leave the stairwell. No comment on whether I was allowed to pass. Isn't a potential dog bite a lawsuit waiting to happen?
These are but a few of the examples. I think I can count 12 dogs on our campus (it's a small one; it takes a full 7 minutes to traverse it on foot by a height-challenged individual such as myself, so 12 is a disproportionate number for so small a space).
Why are they at my work? WHY?! Do the rest of you have dogs at work? Are we only now catching on to this trend? Have we just been slow to catch up? Should I instead view us as trendsetters?
In the past few years, I'd noticed one or two dogs on campus, but suddenly, they seem to be in almost every staff office, guarding, sleeping, sniffing, causing people to shy away or come forth in greeting, shedding their fur. GROWLING AT ME!
Yes, I have dogs at home, but I don't take them to work where they can wander about into others' offices at will or (knowing mine), chew on someone else's furniture, or get protective of me. I would never presume that everyone at work should be as enamored of my dogs as I am. Some people have legitimate and real fears of dogs, yet here they are, wandering campus, marking their territory, owning the space that I can only imagine the Board thinks the students own.