As many of you may know, I am a full time PE teacher and I am off for summer vacation. Well today, I took my dogs to a place down here in San Diego called Sea Port Village for a long walk.
On our walk we encountered some really off the wall people that think they can just act any old way around well behaved dogs. Thank goodness that my dogs did not freak out. I think that if I would have just had my Border Collie, he probably would have freaked out. However, Isabelle is so mellow that she can keep Bandit from reacting to things.
First this man came toward us as if he was going to hit my dogs with this crazy hose attachment. I said, "Please do not come at my dogs with that thing." and he proceeded to come right at us. I had enough room to get out of the way and avoid him, but what in the world was he thinking. Or not thinking, I should say.
Next, we were just hanging out on the grass settling and watching the surroundings and this woman and her two kids were walking past, when all of a sudden the toddler broke free and started running, running full speed toward my dogs. This would have normally sent Bandit into a rage, but before he could react, I was yelling at the woman, "Do not let your child run up to strange dogs, that is very dangerous!" A dog's space should be respected. I did not say that, but thought it. I think because a dog is cute and just hanging out that kids and people think they can do anything they want. Well, not to my dogs! I will stand up for my dogs!
Lastly, right before we left to come home a woman comes at my dogs with "crazy fingers" as if she was going to pinch and squeeze their cheeks. I said, "my dogs do not like it when people do that." and I walked away.
My Border Collie really did amazing and either my training with him is paying off or my other dog was a great buffer. Either way, it really made me worried about all the other dogs in this world that people do that crap to. My dogs are lucky that I protect them from crazy people, but some people just do not know how to deal with that and they do not want to be mean to others. I personally do not know those people and do not have a hard time standing up to them and speaking up for my dogs!
Well, thank you for listening to me rant about the crazy day I had. I am now off to agility with my little Buddy Love Bandit and look forward to spending time with him without CRAZY people around!
Maybe I will not be going back to Sea Port Village and find another walk. There are so many places to go! However, I have a feeling that people are like that all over this world!
Pam, Isabelle, & Bandit