I picked 0-30%.
I take one dog with me if:
1. they are welcome
2. there is no way I might have to leave them where it is unsafe for them to be
3. I am not going to have my mind focused on other things (like my little sister's MIL brought the dog to help them move -- NOT)
4. It won't be too long of a day, I love my dogs, but on a day off, I want to be able to relax, and I really do not want to be 100% conscious of what is going on with my dog 100% of the time.
I take them to training classes, the vet, the pet stores, one friend's home who has a dog that will run with mine, the bike trail, all over town at night for walks on occasion, and occasionally to a park (not a dog park, just a ford with a river, or a park with some woods and paths.
I was raised in a family where dogs stayed home. I do not like to take my dogs to people's homes who do not have dogs. They do not have pets, possibly because they do not like hair and smell or they have little kids and will be anxious, I respect that. I do not like to take my dogs to people's homes that do have dogs, because that just makes everyone crazy most of the time. Really, my dogs have to be invited specifically. And, I really don't want people bringing their dogs to my house either. My girls would be all nutso about some strange dog in the house.
Unless these are dog-acquaintances, the purpose of the visit is for people to visit. If the people are as nutty as I am about dogs, they might be ok with talking about Fluffy, looking at Fluffy, slipping Fluffy a treat, admonishing Fluffy, taking Fluffy out, and talking about Fluffy. If you do that with all your friends, relatives, and acquaintances, then you are going to strip yourself down to only doggy-friends. And while dog-fanatics can hold a conversation about things other than dogs on occasion, it is sometimes hard to figure out what things they would be good to talk about to because they are so busy admiring Fluffy that we don't aways get beyond the fluff.
I have different friends that I am willing to disclose different things too. If you listen and watch people you will find that some are not as open/safe/enduring about some topics as they are others. I have a few people that I feel relatively confident that I can talk about anything with, two of them are not dog people though, and I guard against wearing them out on the subject. As for pinochle parties, nope -- much too rowdy to bring the dogs to, and I wouldn't have any fun at all if my dog was there.
Jenna, RN CGC & Babs, CD RA CGC HIC
Heidi, RA CGC
SG3 Odessa, SchH1, Kkl1, AD
Ninja, RN CGC & Milla, RN CGC
Joy, Star Puppy, RN CGC
Dolly CGC & Bear CGC