I nominate my DH for my New Year's first SS sighting. We were invited again this year to a lovely party at some friends' townhouse. They have no children & no pets - and white carpets. DH told me that our little (13 pound) dog was invited, too. I know this party has excellent food (it's pot luck) and a lot of people. I said I thought it might be a bit much for Honey Girl so I would be prepared to take her outside. I took her for a nice long walk before we left so she piddled and pooped.
It was immediately clear that our hosts had not invited Honey Girl. They were both gracious, but a bit taken aback. DH sat down to chat with someone. I asked him to take HG so I could fill my plate. He took the leash, but must have let it go as soon as I turned my back because, out of the corner of my eye, I saw HG going for someone's plate of food which they had put down on the carpet. I grabbed her leash and was temporarily at a loss for what to do next. Then the wife said she would be more comfortable if HG went out on the patio. I agreed with her and said I thought HG would be more comfortable there since it wasn't as crowded and I would be more comfortable with her off the white carpet.
HG has not been around that many people (30+) since we rescued her just before Memorial Day 2013. She wanted to eat the food on the coffee tables. She was bored sitting while I ate. I gave her a few dog treats which I brought along for her - chicken jerky is her favorite and that refocused her away from all the food.
DH finally realizes that I'm not in the house, but am out on the patio, and he joins me. I ask him to hold on to HG so I can get dessert. The neighborhood cats (both more than 15 pounds each) casually strolled up to the patio entrance which set HG off barking and trying to get loose to chase the cats. By the time I get back out to the patio, DH is walking to the car with HG. I run after him and he says HG is being bad, so we have to leave - right now!
I run back inside, make my apologies to the host & hostess (who was hoping I would stay longer as she wanted to introduce me to someone), grab all my stuff & all HG's stuff and my plate of desserts, still untouched. When I get to the car, DH is frustrated and taking it out on HG who is getting more distraught. I told him (gently) to take a couple deep breaths and he snaps at me. I said, "You know you can't calm her down until you calm down." Eventually he got it and the rest of the ride home was uneventful. He's still frustrated and says HG embarrassed him. I just shrugged and said the party was too much for her and the cats were final straw (I swear one wiggled his ears and stuck his tongue out at HG).
I suspect DH knows he shouldn't have brought Honey Girl. He shouldn't have lied to me and said she was invited when neither of our hosts had invited her. That really disappoints me. But the worst SS trait of all - he wanted to do what he wanted. I guess he thought it would be easier to ask forgiveness than permission, but he didn't apologize to our hosts - or to me.