Wishing people were
AO Gold Member
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: The Beautiful UK
Lunatic people (women) with dogs
I try not to be mysogynistic (sp?) if I can ever help it - but why is it that when I am out walking the dog, I keep bumping into these befuddled anthropomorphizing (sp2?) harpies who inflict their neuroses onto their hounds?
I will start by saying that Malcolm is your fairly typical English Working Cocker (i.e. bonkers) who I like to walk off the lead in woodland or open parkland as much as I can. He is enthusiastic with other dogs and can run and chase for 23 hours per day if allowed. He doesn't have a bad bone in his body and has never snapped, growled or shown any iota of aggression to man/child nor beast in his time with me.
I stride manfully across these woods and parks with Malcolm racing around within a rough 10 metre area around me socializing with whoever and whatever he comes across (dogs, people, insects, inanimate objects - he's not fussy).
In the past month I have met the following ringpieces:
1. Lady with (perfectly behaved) brown lab on a 6 inch lead, with her eyes wildly spinning around as she yanks the lab away from everyone and everything while warning everyone who comes near her that her dog has autism (yes - that's right, autism) and can we all keep our dogs away from him at all costs
2. Lady with 3 dogs on various lengths of lead who, regardless of the wide open spaces around her, keeps these dogs on their leads (despite them trying to pull away in all different directions) and who flails and screams at any dog approaching her little rolling fiasco (and what self respecting dog wouldn't go and see wtf that is all about) to warn them away from her dogs as they "don't want to be attacked"
3. (todays one which triggered me) Lady who walks past me (with her dog on short lead, natch) and another guy who are both passing the time of day as his two big dogs (I'm going to say possibly ridgebacks?) chase my little Malcolm round in circles and through figures of 8 while he keeps ahead of them and occasionally doubles back, jumps up, bites their ears and runs off again - all the while all 3 dogs are tails a-wagging and coming back for more each time one of them stops - when said Loony Lady gets 50 metres further on before screaming at me that Malcolm is apparently petrified of these dogs and I am irresponsible to allow him to be mauled within an inch of his life while I stand chatting...... At first we couldn't hear what she was yelling so we both asked her what was up (thinking one of our dogs had maybe nicked her dogs ball or something) only to find that she was actually reprimanding us for allowing our dogs to play. We shrugged and told her not to worry and let them get on with things. They soon got bored and went their separate ways anyway.
WTF is it with some of these ladies and their ridiculous imaginary bond with dogs that allows them to feel that they alone can detect autism, fear and rage in dogs when other owners simply get on with their lives.
I've passed about a thousand blokes out with their dogs over the years. To a man we nod curtly, maybe mention the weather, then whistle or call our dogs to "hurry up and come on" while we go on our way. We don't judge others nor do we imagine some little 4 act play going on in our dogs heads and wind ourselves up over their feelings. They are just dogs. Walking.
I breath a mighty sigh of relief when I get to the woods/park and see it empty (or maybe the odd fella walking his hound). if I see a lady of a certain age with her dog on a lead I tend to head the other way. It's normally more trouble than it's worth.
Last edited by FredDibnah; 05-06-18 at 16:39.