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.