Yesterday while we were waiting in the doctor’s office, we met a woman, her adult daughter, and her infant granddaughter. They were sitting in front of us, and kept turning around to look at Hestia and ask questions about her.
Of course as a result, Hestia was staring right back at them!
They started to become unnerved by Hestia’s googley eyes as she stared at them. They started making comments about her eyes being “too big” and “bulging”. I explained how the breed standard says that Chin should have “a look of perpetual astonishment” as I do often when people make comments about Hestia’s googley eyes.
The longer they stared at her, the longer she stared at them, and they started not to like it. They started wondering if she didn’t like them, if she was going to attack them and so on.
Thankfully at that point we were called back to meet with the doctor. After our appointment, we were sitting in a different waiting room waiting to get an appointment made, and this family walked by. The adult daughter actually put her hand up over her face and started saying quite loud “She’s staring me down!” and other similar comments.
Poor Hestia. She didn’t ask to have googley eyes, and she didn’t ask the people to keep staring at her! I didn’t think it was my job to prevent Hestia from looking back at people who were staring at her!