QuestionJanuary 19, 2013 at 10:17 am | Posted in 1, Animals, Mind, People, Sight, Society | 6 Comments
Tags: airport, asperger, aspergers, aspie, aspies, dog, interaction, interview, question, sniffer dog
In certain conditions, your (usually unloved) penchant for penetrating questions may find favour in the world.
For instance, if you land in a regional airport and are confronted by a sniffer dog, there’s a good chance your fellow travellers will hurry past its handler.
You, of course, will be entranced by the beast.
If its handler feels bored, jaded, undervalued or just plain lonely amid careless crowds, you might just make her day.
Start small, by asking what her dog is trained to detect.
Then ask how long training takes.
Express amazement that the pooch can master so much in just 10-12 weeks.
Bookend your interview by asking (roughly) how long the dog’s career will last.
Then ask if, after a decade or so, the handler will have the option to keep the dog.
Observe her interaction with the animal.
If she loves it, even you should be able to perceive this.
The dog, unused to his handler receiving such attention, will fix you with a stare that penetrates far better than the X-ray machine behind you.
This is OK, because you have nothing to hide.
So, for once, you can enjoy staring right back.
And then it’s time to leave.
Under NO circumstances should you go on to ask questions like:
- When do you think your dog will die?
- How will you feel when your dog dies?
- How long will it take you to grieve?
- Will you get another dog?
- Will it feel the same?
- What if it doesn’t?
While you may find these questions perfectly reasonable, most ‘normal’ people will NOT.
By breaking off an interview – even when you’re having fun – you stop it going bad.
Easier said than done, perhaps; but you can learn that less really is
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