Dog Etiquette has Its Horror

Dogs are dogs and many have gone to the dogs, so to speak. Recently, in my neck of the woods, a farmer had two pit bulls, which he claimed were so friendly, they wouldn't hurt a flea. They loved all living things and strangers. Just how many times do dumb dog owners of known dangerous breeds, those with an established propensity to "turn" on someone or thing, buy into that they are safe? Many.

Dog owners of these types (Pit Bulls, Doberman, German Shepard, Boxer, to name a few) tend to forget these dogs are a Jekyll and Hyde. Around their owners, they are, for the most part, friendly and fuzzy dogs, But even then, the owner should keep tabs on them and be aware of unexpected dangers and a lease handy. When these dogs are left alone with no restraint, they become bad ass, dangerous to anyone or thing passing by.

The two pit bulls of the man were kept in a fenced yard and left alone. Their neighbors raise Llamas, cute and peaceful animals. Both neighbors knew of the potential dangers. The dogs got out. They charged the Llamas, jumping for their torso and necks. Together, like a chainsaw, bit and locked their jaws like a vise bringing one down and simply ravaged its face. The owners of them heard a scream, shrill, soaked in horror. They knew it was their Llamas. They rushed out to the slaughter and blood. The dogs were in a killing zone mentally. The owners tried to scare and beat the dogs, but they dogs turned on the them and were diverted by the remaining Llama. In sheer panic, the Llama streaked away but like sinister torpedoes homing in, the two pit bulls locked jaws on its legs. More eerie screams that are alien to human ears. One owner ran back to the house, got a gun. Bang, Bang, Bang. One fucking dog dead. Thank god. The other dog ran away. The remaining Llama survived the horror. The humans are still quite disturbed by it all.

The Sheriff came out, took the remaining dog away at the distraught dog owner who still, despite the massacre and blood next door, said his mantra of, "my dogs wouldn't hurt a flea, they are wonderful pets". Now the other dog was put down. Thank god.

What is wrong with dog owners of these types of dogs? Do they think the evidence simply does not apply to their dog? Dogs like those mentioned earlier are known to attack and can kill. That is why the breed was created. Why do you think police and drug dealers have them? They can be wonderful pets but the owner MUST be on constant guard when in public or at home with visitors. If they are not, they are liable. Only idiot owners of such dogs would ignore this.

Where is dog etiquette? If you are in public, hiking or riding a bike on a trail, most do not want to encounter a dog roaming far their owners. Especially, when on a bike. Dogs of all breeds may or may not suddenly lunge for the bike, all sorts of things may result. They same with strangers approaching. Dog owners should immediately put them on a leash until the situation is different. Letting dogs roam is simply a bad idea while in parks. The owner simply does not know when their lovable pet will suddenly become aggressive. The same applies when dogs are in the front yard just lounging. The mailman, delivery man or child might pass and suddenly the dog attacks.

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Theeyeballkid 4 years ago

Wow shocking story but one that is all too common these days. I couldnt agree more with you. I dont feel safe taking my kids to the park anymore because there are always pitbulls off leash (in the UK), im sure most of them are good pets but they have the capacity to injure and kill and personally I dont trust them, and it should be my right to walk through public property without having to encounter these pitbulls roaming around and sniffing your leg.

By all means people should be allowed to keep dogs but remember not everybody has to like your dog. Nothing worse than giddy dog owners that think thier dog jumping all over you is cute or loveable.


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perrya 4 years ago Author

I agree also. Jogging in the park or elsewhere is something one should do without a dog coming up to you. I always tell the owner to put your dog on leash. Pisses me off.


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Theeyeballkid 4 years ago

Good for you, no doubt you get a lot of aggrevation for doing so.


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perrya 4 years ago Author

I call it, "re-education"


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misspeachesx 4 years ago from Northeast, Washington

While I do love many of the so-called dangerous breeds, any dog has the potential to attack. You'll never breed instincts out of animals. Though I don't agree with the opinion of this hub author I DO agree that those who own breeds that may make someone uncomfortable should be kept on a leash. Also, due to the pit bull's background and history why would any responsible owner allow their dog to run around off-leash on public ground? I've heard so many stories of other dogs picking fights in dog parks and the "victim" dog being blamed because of his breed. If you love the breed respect the opinion of those around you and try to educate and show them that you have a well-behaved dog. Blinding yourself by thinking that Fluffy isn't capable of hurting a fly isn't fair to your dog, regardless of the breed.


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SmartAndFun 4 years ago from Texas

Such a horrific, sad and unfortunate story. I am a dog lover but that does not make me blind to the fact that dogs can be unpredictable and dangerous. I have a gentle, laid-back, lovable Labrador, and even he has bolted out the front door, barking and charging at some poor guy who happened to be jogging by at the moment I opened my door to a visitor. Luckily, I was able to restrain the dog before anything happened. If this dog is capable of an attack, ANY dog is.


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perrya 4 years ago Author

yes, of course, we have a lovable jack Russel that is always on a lease in public because he is unpredictable. The point is some breeds are much more protective and unfriendly than others. If you have those breeds, you should always be on the guard in public or when visitors come over. Other dogs are less prone, but in public it is a different matter.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

This is a post that should be read by all those who own such pets. They may be wonderful to them but are a threat to others. We have a leash low in our community and I thank God for that as it protects all of us from danger. Voted up.


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perrya 4 years ago Author

Thanks, pass it onto others.


DoItForHer 4 years ago

Gotta disagree with your opinion. Some of the language and name calling shows a lack of professionalism and objectivity which reflects poorly on the quality of the Hub.


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perrya 4 years ago Author

@Dolt -I disagree with your assessment. I guess you condone allowing dangerous breeds to roam, cause mayhem on bikeways and hiking trails. All dogs should be on a leash in public. End of story. I understand, people that have these dogs are blase about it, just like the idiot neighbor after his dogs slaughtered a harmless animal. No sympathy from me.


DoItForHer 4 years ago

Perrya, how can you possibly construe my statement as one of condoning dogs roaming and causing mayhem? If I am unwittingly inferring something other than what I wrote, I'd like to correct that.


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perrya 4 years ago Author

if you disagree with my position of this quality hub, then you infer you do condone dogs not on leash and think dangerous dogs are fine. That is what the man who owed two pit bulls thought even after his dogs had mauled and killed another animal.


DoItForHer 4 years ago

I find it odd that I infer that dangerous dogs are fine. It looks like I need to do some serious introspection so that I am not so obtuse on how dangerous breeds behave.

Now that i think about it, my pit bull mix should have never been certified to work at the local hospital. What were those people thinking?


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perrya 4 years ago Author

I have no idea, just keep them on a leash. They tend to to attack for no reason.

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