mbc1963 Posted July 12, 2007 Report Share Posted July 12, 2007 There's this new woman who walks her dog often with me and my dog Buddy's long-time friends. Generally, since we usually congregate at 5:30 a.m., we let them off leash at a large, open, park-like area. I keep watch on Buddy, since he can be reactive to new dogs, and leash him when we see strangers. So... this new dog is a rescued golden, who came home at about 11 months. He's VERY outgoing and "in your face." After a couple too-rambunctious attempts to meet Buddy, greeted with snarls and nipping that clearly said, "Leave me ALONE!", the two settled into a general good pattern of no interaction. Buddy usually tolerates him, and he usually stays about 5 feet from Buddy. A while ago, this woman had the dog at a park in another town, where he got repeatedly in the face of another dog, who finally reacted with a nip to the dog's nose. Since the dog was bleeding, the woman took him to the vet. Since the vet didn't know the history of the dog who had nipped, he told the woman her dog would have to have a booster shot of rabies vaccine, and be kept away from other dogs for six weeks. The woman told us this story, and that she was supposed to keep her dog away from other dogs for this six-week period. She then proceeded to bring him to the park and let him off leash, again and again. She told me, by way of explanation to why he could be off leash, "He won't bite your dog." I told her, "I'm afraid my dog will nip him, and then I'll end up having to have HIM quarantined for six weeks, too!" It completely didn't register with her! This dog was humping another golden a few weeks ago, and when the owner said, "She doesn't like that; she's going to go after him," the woman said, "It's OK as long as there are no vet bills." Then, the other night, I was walking my dog, leashed (too much foot traffic in the evening), and this woman came up to my friend and I and let her dog off the leash. He hadn't been exercised, and was feeling really rambunctious, so he kept charging straight at me and Buddy, hoping to get Buddy to play. I knew this wasn't going to work, especially with Buddy on leash, so I kept tugging Buddy back and moving away from the other dog. I kid you not, this went on seven, eight, nine times! After about five pulls back, Buddy got frustrated and started to growl as the dog ran at us. I said, "If you want to keep your dog off the leash and walk ahead of us, that would be fine." The woman replied, "No, I need the company!" So I ended up having to leave. I should have said, "My dog, who is on a leash and under control, is going to bite your dog, who is off the leash, rude, and out of control. You are then going to expect me to pay your vet bills, even though that is both illogical and immoral. So KEEP YOUR DOG THE *%$& AWAY FROM ME!" Grrr! How can people be so clueless!? ::Rant off:: Mary Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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