I hate those words.
They always seem to come from a dog owner that means well, but doesn’t think past their own nose.
Sure, your dog is cute, and happy, and obeys ALL of your commands, right?
No. Your dog never comes when you call him or her away from me. But it’s OK, because your dog is friendly.
And so is Rumpy. But Rumpy is a very strong dog. He could jump up on you and knock you down. And I’ll be the first one to tell you that Rumpy doesn’t always mind. But that’s because I’m honest with myself about that, unlike those of you out there with those “friendly dogs.”
To be sure, your dog may be well-mannered much of the time, but if your dog runs up on Rumpy, Rumpy may perceive your unleashed dog as a threat. And if a fight breaks out, it won’t just be the dogs that will be injured. I’m at the other end of that leash, so I’m going to be injured as well.
In case you haven’t noticed, there’s not many owners of Pit Bulls or German Shepherds walking their dogs off-leash. Why? Because we know what time it is for our beloved companions. Who do you think is going to be blamed for a fight between your dog and mine? You, the dumbass walking your “friendly dog” off-leash? Or Rumpy, the “dangerous breed” dog that was on a lead and minding his own business?
Yeah, it’ll be Rumpy.
Down here in the South, folks don’t like being confronted with their problematic behavior. They like to throw up that “I got my rights, dammit!” But your rights don’t include the right to ignore local ordinances, including leash laws.
Oh, I know what you’re thinking now. It IS my fault for owning a dangerous breed dog in the first place. But I’ve gone above and beyond in ensuring Rumpy is not a threat to anyone. Should Rumpy die because YOU are a bad actor?
Sorry, I know that I’m preaching to the choir, and that those “friendly dog” owners aren’t going to change. They believe they are right and it’s the rest of us that should mold our lives around them and their friendly dogs.
That’s why I have pepper spray in my pocket. Let that friendly dog of yours try to start something with Rumpy, and I’m gonna fill your dog’s eyes with cayenne pepper. If he STILL doesn’t stop, any injuries incurred will be on your dime, and I WILL do whatever it takes to make sure you pay. I may not be able to change your mind, but I can hold you accountable.
Last I heard, leashes were cheaper than vet bills, but hey, it’s just money for you. For me, it’s my dog’s life at stake.