This is not in the pit, because I’m not outraged over it, and I’m not ready to spew vituperations or anything like that. But I’m a little pissed off, and thought maybe writing it out might get it out of my system.
We own a duplex with an additional lot. We use the lot as a yard as well as for off-street parking. The lot ends at the alley.
This morning, I was taking 7 year-old mudgirl out to the yard, to get in the car and go to day camp. As we were headed out, there was a woman walking her two dogs. The woman was in the alley, but her dogs were on our property. Mudgirl says to me “I’m gonna ask if I can pet them”, and I shrug my shoulders and say “okay”. I’ve taught her to always ask before approaching animals she doesn’t know. So, while she’s still too far away for the dogs to reach her (and very much still on our property), she says “Hey, can I pet the dogs?” The dog owner glares at her and says “NO!” She said it in a tone you would expect if my kid had said “Hey, can I come piss on your sneakers?”
Now, I don’t think it really matters why the woman said no. Maybe the dogs aren’t friendly, maybe they’re prone to snapping or don’t like kids. Maybe the woman just doesn’t like anyone messing with them. They’re her dogs, that’s fine.
But hey, they are in my yard. How much trouble would it have been for the woman to say “No, they’re not very friendly” or “No, I’d rather you didn’t”?
I mean, would it kill you to use some manners?
I thought about saying something (politely), or even making some smart-assed comment about how I thought it was the dogs that were supposed to bark, or something like that. But I didn’t want to start a situation that might escalate to something ugly.