|Barked: Sun Apr 21, '13 12:43am PST |
|One time, I was walking Charlie downtown and we crossed a street and began walking down another sidewalk. Some young group were standing outside of a shop along the sidewalk(which is at least two sidewalk lengths wide in that area to compensate for foot traffic during busy hours), and as we were walking by, one of the girls started squealing and like... curling into herself and lifting a leg all in the process of trying to make herself 'smaller'. It was... Interesting to say the least. I ignored it... Until one of the guys scooped her up and began 'teasing' her that he was going to take her over to my dog. THAT was the moment when I got mad, because he was dragging this squealing, squirming girl over who was either afraid of dogs, or trying to get attention(you can never tell anymore), and I didn't appreciate it. They COULD have freaked out my dog with her behavior and this guy carrying her over. "Leave my dog alone or I'LL bite!" They backed off pretty quickly and she stopped squealing as he put her down and they scuttled back to the other end of the sidewalk. I was MAD. He may have only intended to have been taunting her, but he could have easily freaked out my dog - if it had been Maya, she WOULD have lunged at them.
I've also had various people(usually women), gasp and back away instantly when they spot my dog walking on his leash. And he ignores them. I ignore them too, generally. If they DO freak my dog out, I get my dog the heck out of there.
Near my grandmother's apartments are the WORST. There's these children that are... clearly not very educated on canines. I was taking Charlie to visit my grandma once, and one little girl spotted Charlie, ran over(I was about to give her trouble because I don't allow any child to touch my dog without asking first, much less with an approach like that), stick her hand out, SCREAM when he looked at her, and RUN AWAY. Wth... She did this a second time before I said, "Leave my dog alone." and she ran off to hide somewhere. Granted... These apartments have the same children who like to lay down on speed bumps and play chicken with cars(NO OLDER THAN SIX/SEVEN TOO!). Boy, that was the day. This kid did that and played chicken. My fiance slowed down when he spotted him and all the kids that were off to the side of the road. The kid got up, and went off to the opposite side, and as we SLOOOWWWLLLYY crept our car by, he came around behind it, and reached out to touch our cars bumper! My fiance hit his brakes, I climbed out of the car and yelled at them about how dangerous that was, and to go back home before I called the cops. This same child did it one more time, but my fiance got out of the car before I had the chance the second time it happened, and he gave the kid a stern talking to about safety with vehicles. The kid got verrryyy quiet. He never, ever did it again.
Anyway, sorry for rambling. I USUALLY ignore them and keep on going with my dog, or make a show of rewarding my dog for ignoring them(if their behavior is unruly), but if they get REALLY unruly with my dog and harass my dog at all, that's when I speak up for him.
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