Have any of you noticed that people will treat you differently when you have a pet? In public or private etc?
To provide context: Louie is our jumbo-sized Yorkie (he is 19lbs). FI and I took Louie out yesterday evening to the local park. He has been on a leash ALL the time since what happened with the other dog (day before yesterday a dog attacked him. I managed to save Louie but got a bruise on my leg, that dog was definitely out for blood).
We went to a secluded area, and thought since his recall on lead was good, we could see what he was like off leash. And his recall was BEAUTIFUL. Came running back ASAP. Ignored other people, birds etc. We were both extremely happy. Still cautious though. So we are walking through the park and there was a man walking behind us. He was muttering and acting rather strange but we ignored him and Louie ignored him. After a while, David and I decided to turn back so we could play some fetch in a bigger area. And Louie decides to go sniff a bench. A bench this guy was sitting on.
This guy goes ballistic. Tries to kick Louie, throw things at him, screamed at him to ‘get away you fucking stupid bitch’ (amongst other things). Thankfully FI was with me, so he just stared him down until the other guy sat his arse back down on the bench (FI is not a small guy by any means, and clearly had the advantage). I was fuming but both of us calmly called Louie back and leashed him up. He was pretty shaken. We ignored the guy (he kept yelling things).
We let him (tentatively) off the leash again when we were FAR away from him and he was amazing. Better than before. His recall is really good. And he was walking beautifully on the leash as well. But leashed him up on the way home.
I am absolutely fuming. I really am. Why on Earth would someone want to kick a dog? If he had actually kicked Louie, I don’t know what I would have done.
Having a dog really does teach you more about the kind of people out in this world, I believe. I have never encountered this sort of behaviour in the small town where my family live, but living in a big city, you meet so many horrible people.