Damn it! Damn these people!
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not talking about people who live way out in the country and take their dogs in the fields, or anyone who takes their dog hunting, or even those folks who have those buried fence things or whatever.
I’m furious with dog owners who don’t keep their dog in their yard, allowing them to roam freely in the town and ATTACK MY OWN DOG.
I was on a walk with my dog, my five-year-old, and her best friend, another little five-year-old girl. My dog is 13, has near end-stage lymphosarcoma, and is peaceable to the extreme. Never bitten anyone, never gotten in a single dog-fight.
I’m walking along with my dog fully leashed and collared when a dog spots us from across the street and down the block. There’s a guy out mowing the lawn, and the dog was near him; still, I’m not sure if the dog is his or was just nosing around nearby.
The dog runs over and harasses my dog for the next six blocks until I can get us all home. The girls were puzzled at first as the other dog kept sniffing Arthur (my dog), biting his penis, jamming its nose up his arse, and everything else. Finally my dog had enough and started to growl and snap. I had my hand on his collar; the other dog started growling and snapping as well. The girls started freaking out, wanting to run and scream, but I calmed them down and had them walk about half a block ahead or behind us.
We made it home in about six blocks. The dog followed us the whole way, harassing my dog. I weigh about 120, my dog 60, and the other dog was about 60 pounds too. If they’d gone at it full-bore, I would have been right in the middle of it, and screwed. Luckily, my dog, thanks either to his innate good nature or his cancer, didn’t escalate things beyond the growling, snapping stage. Neither did the other dog, luckily, although it harassed Arthur at every step.
I ended up having to block the other damned dog with my body so that my dog could slip into the house ahead of me. As the girls caught up with us, the other dog got off the porch and went into the neighbors’ yard. When the girls started to walk into the house, he galloped back onto the porch; my daughter’s friend barely made it into the house while I once again blocked the dog with my body.
I’ve HAD IT. I live in a town of 15,000, full leash laws and everything. Why do people do this? Damn that asshole who let his dog loose, damn his eyes! He’s just freaking lucky that his stupid dog didn’t bite my girls or my dog.
What the hell is the matter with people? Is it so hard to keep your freaking dog inside, staked out or even (gasp) in a fenced yard? Can’t my dying damned dog take his last freaking walk in peace?!?