Dogs have not been an issue I’ve personally had problems with except once. However, there are three tales of dogs pooping and attacking of late and methought that required a post.
In all three of them, there was the dog itself of course but what can one do – a dog is a dog and does doggy things. No, the problem in all three cases was the owner. In each case, there was an altercation after the dog did something to a passerby – attacked or pooped or attacked the passerby’s dog … plus the poop.
Terse but polite requests were ignored, the dog owners all took umbrage that their dog was being called out and they [the owners] got savage and vindictive. All of the incidents resulted in slanging matches and almost physical harm to the passerby.
This is too coincidental for mine. Too coincidental by half. Just as a horse-woman gets horsy and a football fan gets neanderthal, what is it about dog owners? Many I’ve known get very, very tense if any sort of criticism is levelled, even in a nice way – it’s never descended to …
Hang on – yes it has. I’m forgetting my neighbour and his flat refusal to stop the infernal howling when he’d leave it for five or six hours. When I broached it the third time, he went savage and came at me – the owner, not the dog. His woman dragged him inside and I heard her telling him he was wrong and I could call the police if I wanted.
I was certainly close to it. And now I look back at that time, the parallels with all the other cases are uncanny. What we’ve got here is people dropping into convenient entrenched positions. Many who are all for banning this or that suddenly go all libertarian with their dogs – they should be free to do anything they want, say the owners. Mind your own business and let the hellhounds loose.
The victim suddenly goes all classical liberal – there are limits to freedom you know, there’s such a thing as a good neighbour etc. Result is almost fisticuffs. One person I knew never fought it out with dog owners – he just poisoned the dog.
It’s also an extension of the general selfishness across the nation these days. Oh and that incident of mine – I was at a rugby match on the touchline as coach when a woman with a dog, supporting the opposition, came close. When it was obvious she and I had not hit it off, her dog got into it and came at me, ripping my new trousers.
I took the woman to task over it and she said I shouldn’t have been so close to him or some such idiocy. She called the mutt and off they went. No offer of restitution, no apology. That dog was obviously habitual at it and she’d developed this haughty manner whenever she took the dog out.
Needless to say, I was not impressed and thought if that was indicative of what dog owners are like, then the further away I stayed the better.
Would you say it is indicative of dog owners?