This has to do with how our own breed prejudices can have an adverse affect on how we think our own dogs behave.
Recently I went to Stewart’s, a local gas / convenience store. Whenever I go anywhere I usually take along a bunch of dogs for the ride. On this particular day I only had a couple guys with me, Bowsey-Wow a little 35 pound mix breed dog, Cassidy an older large mix breed of who knows what, and Cy-Cy an old Pit Bull that has arthritis.
As usual when Cy-Cy takes a ride he likes to lay down on the back seat with his head propped up, so he can see whats going on outside the window. On this day after I finished getting gas and was coming out of the store, I watched as a woman with a Golden Retriever was walking into the parking lot near my van.
When she got close enough to my van so her dog could see the dogs inside it, her dog starting barking and yanked her over to the van where her dog jumped up on the side and was barking like a maniac at the window that Cy-Cy was looking out of. After Cy-Cy sat up in the seat,which took him a little time he started barking back at the woman’s Golden Retriever.
I didn’t think too much about it cause it was nice to see Cy-Cy show a little excitement and I didn’t mind the woman’s dog jumping on the van.
What I did find interesting was, after the woman pulled her dog down off my van and walked past me, she shot me a look of total disgust as she shook her head and said with dripping disdain “Pit Bull”. Did she bother to apologize for her dog scratching the side of the van that was just donated to us, or did she apologize for her dog riling up our guys. No she did not, not that I mind about the scratches anyway or how her dog acted.
The point of this is twofold :
(1) – For whatever reason this woman doesn’t like Pit Bulls.
(2) – Her dog started the ruckus in the first place, yet she blames the dog that reacted to her dog. If the Golden Retriever had walked quietly past the van, Cy-Cy would have just continued to lay there checking things out.
The adverse affect that this can have on an individual’s dog should be self evident. Can anybody tell me what that effect can be ?
The Spirit Dog
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