Crime was the focus of a Tuesday meet-and-greet held by Baltimore State's Attorney candidate Thiru Vignarajah, but in a photo of the meeting posted on social media, it was one man's intimate exchange with his dog that stole the show.
"My dog was becoming quite impatient with no one playing with him, and I was worried he was going to start barking or whining loudly," said Johnson, founder of husband resource app Remindher.
"He was going around to everybody here with different toys," which was Bruce's strategy in hopes of figuring out which toy would fit which new friend, Johnson said. But the owner, knowing that Bruce is a "loud player," decided to distract him.
"I called him over and picked him up and pet him" — a method that gets Bruce to be "relatively calm and quiet," he said.
"I was trying to keep the attention on Thiru rather than my dog," but on social media, he said, it was the opposite of what happened.
Wednesday morning at work, Johnson learned he had gone viral. The CEO of Call Box, where Johnson also works, tagged him in an internal board posting, he said.
"He saw me in that picture, and he tried to figure out what's going on," said Johnson, adding that everyone started having questions about why he was holding the dog and why he had those people in his home. His boss was also surprised with how positive the comments were.