Tuesday, 12 July 2016

A Brief Story Of Rejection

The fitter came yesterday to measure the front of the cottage for new windows.
Winnie was apoplectic when he arrived at the back door in his overalls.
I've told you before that she loves blue collar workers.
Before I let him in the house,I asked him if he minded dogs and he gave me a frown
" I could live without them" he said.
So, before I let him in, I locked the terriers up in Mary's crate in the kitchen and when eventually he walked in, I pointed to Winnie ( who was doing her best to smile coquettishly at him) and said
" The bulldog is friendly"
The fitter snorted nervously .....and we all went into the living room.
He got his tape measure out and started to do his thing as Winnie climbed onto the arm chair so that she could get a better look, and as he wrote down his figures she leaned over to watch, her nose centimetres from his notepad.
He ignored her.
He then went on to explain the whys and wherefores of just how the windows opened,and as he did so Winnie continued to look hopeful and blew him kisses with fat lips but he continued to behave that she was invisible.
We all trouped upstairs where the window measuring continued.
This time Winnie jumped up on the bed so she could have a better look at the workman and without thinking he put his tape measure down at her feet whilst he made more notes.
Winnie immediately picked up the tape measure in a desperate  effort to ingratiate herself but the fitter saw her actions as predatory and demanded that I retrieve it immediately .
I wiped the bulldog slobber off with my t shirt.
He wasn't best pleased.
Winnie blew kisses at him as we exited the cottage, and all the way through the kitchen and down the garden path he refused to accept her presence even when she practically did jazz hands at him to get his attention .
He simply didn't like dogs and it showed and Winnie was devastated.
She pressed her fat face against the bars of the garden gate and watched his car as it drove away, then snorted loudly and flounced back into the cottage where she hurled herself into the armchair to sulk.
And sulk she did.
For hours and hours!


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78 comments:

  1. My heart is breaking for poor rejected Winnie. How could anyone ignore her? I hope that horrible man doesn't give you the best quote for your new windows, because he just doesn't deserve the job. I would never trust him anyway and I don't think Winnie would be too impressed.

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  3. I am surprised you were able to concentrate on what the fellow was telling you as you seemed more interested in the dog/window man dynamic.

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  4. Poor Winnie. I'd be getting someone else to fit my windows. X

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    1. I was just thinking that one meself; that person is not worthy of john's business!

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  5. I don't trust people who dislike dogs, and I would hold it against him if he hurt my dog's feelings! Poor Winnie.

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  7. Can't imagine not liking dogs...will never understand not completely loving Winnie! Poor little girl.

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  8. Poor Winnie. We all know what rejection feels like and we can rationalise it.

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  9. Poor Winnie, that poor man has had some terrible event in his life that he cannot like dogs ...Winnie needs to take a walk with you in the village and be appropriately appreciated ... or bring her to my house. Even the cats will adore her.

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  10. Not all people are comfortable with dogs. Fact of life. Not too much should be read into it.

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    1. No i know you didnt John.

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    2. Everybody else did instead

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    3. Oh, shut your pie hole, Rachel!

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  11. Just tell me you're not fitting UPVC windows, that's all.

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    1. Classy ones thomas classy ones

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    2. I'm guessing you don't live near the coast in permanently wet and windy North Wales then Tom ;-)

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    3. Thomas sees UPVC windows even where they do not exist.

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    4. It's all about lack of maintenance these days.Can appreciate Tom's horror, but would he go round and paint John's wooden ones, when they need doing?

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    5. No such things as 'classy' UPVC windows, and if all those ones I thought I saw in Cornwall and other beauty spots didn' exist, then my whole life has been a delusion. How I miss the Hattatts.

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    6. And you - Coppa's girl - if you go down to Cornwall and see all those fucking awful UPVC windows which are in dire need of maintenance, but are constructed in such a way that even the smallest repair is impossible, then you would understand how much I hate the fucking things.

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    7. And you, Sue - I live in a town which have rattlingly bad, sah-windows fitted as standard and we have no central heating. I LIKE DRAUGHTS AND I FUCKING HATE CENTRAL HEATING.

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    8. If I am so old in John's eyes, how come he - at 20 years younger - is so keen to fit UPVC? Next thing will be matching beige drip-dry outfits for him and Chris. Mark my words.

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    9. Its all down to cost plain and simple

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    10. Cornwall??? That's foreign parts to me - I'd need to dig my passport out, and make sure all my shots are up to date.

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  12. Poor Winnie .... I would change the window company I would be using immediately, a spurned Bulldog is a very sad doggy indeed :-(

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    1. LOL, I agree, only workers who show proper appreciation of the beauty of Winnie should be hired.

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  13. The jerk. I'd find someone else to do the windows!

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    1. My thoughts exactly. Sorry for butting in. Jan B.

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  14. We've had this reaction from workmen with the cats but the best was when we had a budgie, he was out of his cage most of the time, the workman was a really big butch man and he was cowering from the tiny bird, lol
    Briony
    x

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    1. LOL, sounds like a cartoon :)

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    2. That would be me too. Any type of bird, any size. Sh@t scared.

      Poor dejected Winnie.

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  15. I cannot understand people who do not like dogs, or animals in general, something missing (soul probably). Poor Winnie, give her a kiss from me x

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    1. I usually figure they were scared/bitten etc when they were children.

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  16. Hide the bunny and the boiler!

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  17. I know just how she feels.

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  18. I love hearing workmen chatting to Dillon. We had one terrified postman once but he didn't last long in our village.

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  19. I must be fair... Although I adore dogs, (and Winnie and gang, are gorgeous) I am absolutely terrified of a cats. Almost to the point of phobia. If I walked into a room that had a cat in it I would probably die of sheer terror.

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    1. Awww cherie, how sad ! this means you won't visit me :(
      I just acquired a 3rd cat through a death in my family.
      Strangely, with cats anyway- 2 or 3 doesn't really matter, they sleep and eat and sometimes allow me to pet them.
      Dogs on the other hand, expect quite a lot of attention. I miss having a dog though .. our last one died when he was 12 ..

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    2. Ah yes, but I have a spare room so you could come and visit me.... without the cats :-)

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  20. I imagine that the window man must encounter lots of dogs in his work. Maybe he finds it easier just to get on with the measuring or whatever. Did he provide any references from prior clients?

    Hoping that Winnie has now found joy in the new day's potential.

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  21. It's the window guy's loss. There's nothing like a dog or cat kiss. He didn't have to ignore her like she wasn't even there.

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    1. Poor man, he is lacking something ... a dog appreciation gene lol

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  22. I trust you explained to Winnie that being so shunned is just one of the negative sides to life's features and told her to try not to dwell on it.

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  23. If that's the way he treated Winnie, he'll probably do a crappy job on the windows.

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  24. Oh poor Winnie! Rejection is very hard to take isn't it! Perhaps the people actually coming to install the windows will be more friendly!

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  25. Beast,cancel the windows!

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  26. Poor Winnie, she's sensitive like Jill who can't take rejection either, although Jill will go off and pout in her corner once rebuffed. Poor things, they simply don't understand why everybody doesn't love them.

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  27. Poor Winnie who is obviously sensitive. A little stroke wouldn't have hurt him.

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  28. Poor Winnie, that's exactly how I behave when we have a young man in the house. I'm always spurned too.

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  29. Poor Winnie, bless her. She looks like a seal laid out in the chair. Sending her hugs x

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  30. Do you suppose a treat would change her mind, or is she steadfast in her grief?

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  31. Another well-written piece, John ... I can see the whole thing :)

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  32. Oooh, he must be a nasty man - don't buy your windows from him. John.
    How can anyone not love the gorgeous Winnie? There will be thousands of her fans up in arms at the mere thought of her being spurned ! Big hugs from us all here.

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  33. Oh yes, rejection is hard to bear Winnie.

    Love the orange creepy crawly.

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  34. I wouldn't have ignored Winnie, I'd have given her scritches, scratches and lots of love.

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  35. Oh Winnie, Winnie, dear heart Winnie.
    I know you wouldn't bite him for anything, kisses are your greeting. But a little nip on the heal wouldn't go amiss.
    I hope there was a little sausage to lessen the pain.

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  36. Ha ha, recently on looking for a new lodger, lovely young lady looking round saw Molly the fat neighbours cat saunter in and lie on the sunny spot on the sofa. She screamed, think I and Molly got the bigger fright, young potential lodger had a phobia about fat ginger cats!. Erm no she is not staying!.
    Lovely Aussie is staying, encouraging Molly to be her pal, said I,m far from home, knows no one but the fat moggy purring beside her is a comfort!.

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  37. bet he ignores small children as well, bad man

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  38. The window fitter must have had some bad experiences with dogs. Either that or he's just jealous of their easy-going lifestyle. Anyway, Winnie will soon get over it, dogs don't bear grudges until their dying day (or do they?)

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  39. Poor Winnie! I'm sure a whole scotch egg for her very own would restore her wounded soul

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  40. I'd say . . .
    Find a fitter who likes dogs . . .
    Poor Rejected Winnie . . .

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  41. I wouldn't have anyone that miserable in my house to do work....people that don't like animals have something major wrong with them...miserable git!

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  42. PS...as an old house preservationist, I go to agree that PVC windows ARE CRAP.....!

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    1. Alas, not everyone wants to spend days or weeks preparing wooden ones that will need repainting again after a couple of years. Nothing worse than a house with sagging, rotting, neglected wooden framed windows.

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  43. I know I'm taking my chances here, but isn't it interesting that someone can not care for kids, children, and they get a lot of understanding, a lot of 'me too's'. But not like dogs or cats.....not so understanding.
    I think dogs and cats are fine...they are pets, I've had my share, but they've never been considered the same status as my kids.
    To each his own, eh?
    Cheers,
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    1. Mike, remember that John is preaching to the choir here - a great deal of the reason most of us keep coming back is because we love seeing his dogs and cat :) (at least that's my take on it)

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  44. Poor Winnie, give her a hug! I understand not everyone loves animals the way we each do our own. But at least a friendly pat on the head or scratch behind the ear.

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  45. Aww, poor Winnie indeed! I can relate to both in this story. I always approach dogs quite carefully, until I can tell if they're friend or foe. And I've often been dismissed, rejected, and flat out ignored when trying to get someone's attention.

    The fitter could have acknowledged your pup at least, maybe even held out a hand for Winnie to sniff. Grouch.

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  46. You're putting PVC windows in a 17th century cottage? Please tell me that's not so. There are energy efficient wooden windows, I imagine.

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  47. I wouldn't give him my business. If he doesn't like dogs he is dodgy.

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  48. Yes, for Winnie's sake at least, find a new fitter. What kind of beast wouldn't fall for her charms?

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  49. I would enjoy doing a utube video so the babies could hear me talk to them.

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  50. I have always been wary of people who don't like dogs and if they don't like animals in general 👎😡

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  51. How on earth could he ignore gorgeous Winnie, must have a heart of stone. Love the caterpillar.

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