(Closed) Oh No She Didn’t Just Come At Me and My Puppy!!!!

posted 10 years ago in Pets
Post # 33
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Obviously it was completely unintended and the woman does sound like she was fairly over the top, though I must say I get uneasy myself with dogs that are off leash.

A couple of years ago my 17 year old cat that I grew up with was dozing on my mother’s porch in a chair. He never went wandering anywhere and would always stay on the porch because he was old and just enjoying his retirement, but one day a pair of large dogs ran onto my mum’s porch (right onto her property and across the sizeable front lawn, all the way up the porch steps and to the front door where my cat was sleeping in the chair), snatched him up, dragged him away and mauled him to death pretty much right in front of my mum. Those dogs were seen repeatedly roaming on people’s property, but no one could ever track down the owners (and they definitely weren’t strays). I guess because it was a fairly rural area, people thought it was okay to let their dogs roam free. It was heartbreaking to say the least, so now I feel quite passionate about dogs that are allowed off leash. Obviously your situation is entirely different (and the same thing has certainly happened to me with various foster dogs), but it can be a sensitive area for some. in any case, we all learn from these things!

Gorgeous puppy, by the way!

Post # 34
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Sorry, I don’t mean to thread jac but I’m a little surprised by how may people here are saying they get upset when they see dogs off leash, where I grew up there is no mandatory leash law, the dog just has to be under control which includes voice control. My parent’s dog is fully voiced trained ad only leashed when walking in areas with a lot of car traffic for safety reasons, we would never leash her to walk around the neighbourhood or on the beach, she just stays in perfect heel the whole time. I know that isn’t an option for all dogs, and certainly not for puppies, but I would only get upset if an off leash dog ran up at me in an out of control manner certainly not on sight.

Post # 35
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@Bayoumaharajah:  I get really bothered by dogs off leash because owners sometimes assume that their dogs are well behaved/my dogs are automatically friendly. Often, one or both isn’t true. In my area, we do have leash laws and it drives me crazy to see people with dogs of leash in the city. I used to be a dog walker and it would frustrate me when a little dog would happily come up to me when I was walking a mastiff and their owner assumed it would be fine. Or just wasn’t paying attention. Grargh. And usually, they would get annoyed with me when the dog I was walking growled. Umm…I was not the one breaking the law…

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@Mrs_Amanda:  That said, I totally get that accidents happen! Once when I was volunteering at the animal shelter and walking a really rambunctious 1 year old lab mix, she slipped out of her collar. (The shelter only had those thin nylon collars that you loop through–super easy for dogs to wiggle out of. TIP: Anytime a dog is playfully running away from you, run away from them. They will follow–I wish I knew that before!) I chased her for over a mile. I finally, finally caught her at this public park.

Some guy called out “You should really be more careful. Thats how dogs end up in shelters.”

I said “She is from the shelter.”

He said, “exactly, be more careful.”

I said, “No. You don’t understand. She is currently at the shelter. I’m a volunteer. We could really use some better collars if you want to help.”

asshole. 🙂

No one needs to be scolded when they’re clearly already stressed out. Thats just rude.

Post # 36
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@Mrs_Amanda:  wow, some people act like they have never had a dog escape or something before. It’s not on purpose and sometimes animals can be unpredictable. I had a HUGE  fenced in backyard, I had my dog out there one day and he CLIMBED the fence and I saw him take off running.  I chased him down and only went out in the back yard with him if I could be out there the whole time. I mean, these things are bound to happen once in a blue moon (obviously you want to make sure it doesn’t happen anymore, but you already know that)

anyways, I just thought some of the comments were a bit on the critical side…

yes I believe in leash laws just FYI lol

 

 

Post # 37
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2019 - Paris, France

OP- it seems like it was better you remained silent than rip her a new one! LOL kudos to you for at least being able to do that! I have to say, you are a better woman than I.  One day my friend and I were walking my 2 dogs (1 is a pit bull and the other was another large bread mix) on leashes.. finishing up the walk and going back to my house. This lady ( a neighbor) lets her dog out off a leash and I instinctively make my dogs sit so she can grab her dog and nothing will happen. The pit bull is such a lap dog and wanted to play but still obeyed and the other one could care less. THEN she starts YELLING at my friend telling her to “move our dogs” and a slew of other things I don’t recall in my fit of rage. I was extremely angry that she thought she had a right to yell at MY friend because of MY dog when THEY were the ones on their leashes. I proceeded to rip her a new a-hole and she has never had a problem since. I dont take pity on older woman who think they have a mouth on them, respect is earned in my book not expected. 

Post # 38
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

I think you should have apologized to her or at least answered her with something like “we’re still training, I’m sorry!”

I love dogs, have one with Fiance, worked in rescue, but I still am livid when I see dogs running off-leash in my apartment complex.  Yes, accidents happen… but you have to take responsibility for them no matter how frustrated you are.

Post # 39
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@bookworm88:  I don’t see how she would need to apologize to woman who was not involved and came out of her apartment just to yell

Post # 40
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

@Roe:  Because that woman also pays rent and lives in the apartment complex.  If the OP owns all of the pavement on which the dog was running, then let that puppy run!  But if the puppy is off-leash, running on communal property, the woman has just as much right to say something. 

For all the woman knows, the OP could think it’s okay to let her dog out off-leash whenever she wants, which could pose a threat to her or the cleanliness and safety of the property.

Edited because they weren’t on grass, they were in the breezeway. Plus noticed that the dogs were all making lots of noise– again, part of being both a dog owner and a renter is that responsibillity.  

Post # 41
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@bookworm88:  Possibly, but doubtful. If she heard the commotion and looked out the window, she probably would have seen them trying to catch the dog.

What if your 18 month old runs out the door behind your back and towards the street and you have to chase after him? Can you imagine some neighbor saying “you’re supposed to watch him, you know?” Holy shit, I would start punching.

If she wanted to address the situation, she could have done so tactfully. “I understand that this was an accident, but I would really appreciate you’d be more careful in the future as I don’t want to have to worry about loose dogs.” And if there wasn’t time for her to say something appropriately, then she just should have stayed inside and kept her mouth shut.

 

Post # 42
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

@Roe:  Yes, but lots of people think their dogs are friendly and sociable and everyone else should love them and that leash laws can’t apply to them.  While people are friendly with their toddlers, toddlers don’t typically escape the same way dogs do– unless you’ve got a future Olympic sprinter on your hands, you’ll catch that kid pretty quick.  

I might have been annoyed at the woman– “Yes, we know, we’re trying to catch him right now, sorry if we disturbed you!” but I wouldn’t ignore her.  Whether it was an accident or not, she has just as much right to be standing the breezeway as anyone else?

Post # 43
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Sugar bee

I have helped get a dog back in the yard after it escaped… never got a thank you, but I would do it over again. Not cool when the dog is running around the block of a townhouse complex! And I have picked up OTHER dog’s poo  when I go out with ours… And I have seen other people take the leash and pull up so the dog is actually on two legs choking, I really want to yell at those ones because they don’t just do it once, it’s over and over.

Post # 46
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

She shouldn’t have said anything but you have to admit it was kind of rude of you to ignore her. Yes, she was rude first, but I would just let it go. Fighting with your neighbors is not fun! 

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