I meet wonderful people wherever I go. On this trip to Ontario, a woman pushing her 2 dogs in a bright pink stroller agreed to let me take their photograph. I listened as she described their many ailments requiring life threatening surgical procedures. Perhaps the kindest resolution was to push her mini companions from place to place. The front dog moved very little while the dog in the rear of the stroller was more agile.
While the owner conveyed her anguish over her pet’s suffering, people began to notice the dogs and eavesdropped on our conversation. Eavesdropping fits the listening model well as the listener must concentrate on what the talker says, particularly when not directly included in the conversation. I’m confident that the dog owner and her 2 canines attract eavesdroppers wherever they go.