Rude In Public!

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Monday, August 07, 2006

People and their DOGS.


I like animals... I really do.
But why is it ok for a strange dog to be allowed to run on a long leash right up to me.... where he can then jump up, slobberingly lick me, put dirty paws all over me, and stick a snout somewhere it doesn't belong, all while his owner smiles on benignly like i obviously must be loving this?
There ought to be a rule...if I approach YOUR dog, cooing over what a cutie said dog is-- then fine, I get whatever it dishes out. But if you see your dog perk up his ears and run right over.... you have the duty to rein him in. Is that too much to ask? Honestly.

9 Comments:

Blogger heartinsanfrancisco said...

I love dogs, too, but couldn't agree more. It takes a special kind of rudeness to blithely assume that strangers are always receptive to being trampled, slobbered on, etc. by ones irresistible pooches.

Sorry, but I'm not always in the mood (or dressed for) wet doggie pawprints and stinky Alpo breath all over me.

It isn't the dogs who are at fault; it's the owners. And if you recoil, they have a special, smug look that means "You're Afraid of dogs, aren't you?" It couldn't possibly be anything else to those whose eyes turn inward.

I say mace the owners!

12:33 PM, August 07, 2006  
Blogger heartinsanfrancisco said...

The other day at the beach, a leashed dog pooped 2 feet away from my prone body. It looked as if he had eaten several tennis balls.

While my husband assured the owner, who was out of plastic bags, that we were dog lovers, I got up and left.

Love has its limits.

12:37 PM, August 07, 2006  
Blogger Ben said...

When a dog runs up to me like that I put my hands up in the air and yell, "RAAAAAGHHHH!!"

When the dog flinches and cowers away, I look at the owners with that special, smug look that means, "Your dog's afraid of humans, isn't he?"

Then everyone in the general vicinty beats me up for being a dog-bully.

12:55 PM, August 07, 2006  
Blogger djn said...

I feel the same way about parents of undisciplined kids. I should clarify, I have a dog and four kids -- but I would no sooner allow my dog to sloppy-wet kiss someone or allow my kids to run wild in a restaurant than I would gnaw off my left arm. And I hate that look that dog owners/parents give when their doggie/child is behaving badly... "Isn't he cute??" Not so much..

1:32 PM, August 07, 2006  
Blogger jali said...

I agree - I know someone who thinks their dog is beloved by everyone and doesn't rein him in. I don't want dog slobber on my cute shorts - I'm gonna start doing Ben's thingie... well maybe.

12:49 PM, August 08, 2006  
Blogger Ben said...

Yeah, Jali, I advise against ever taking my advice. People in the general vicinty can be merciless.

4:07 PM, August 08, 2006  
Blogger Veronica said...

Are the people allowing this bad animal behavior men? They may just be trying to start up a conversation with you, the sneaky bastards.

6:57 AM, August 13, 2006  
Blogger SadieMBeagle said...

No dog that is older than a puppy should be jumping on you anyway! That's just plain rude. My doggy wouldn't do such a thing... she's a lady. Still working on that barking at strangers problem tho.

11:28 AM, September 17, 2006  
Blogger Crankster said...

There's this one nimrod in my town who wears roller skates while walking his golden retriever--dog and owner, careening out of control, flattened me on the street one day. I support mandatory neutering--for both the dog and his owner.

4:05 PM, November 04, 2006  

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