Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Middle TN
Dogs Name: Mocha
Dogs Age: DOB 3/21/2014
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Most days, when we hike and come across others with dogs, they'll shorten their leash as I shorten mine, and we both move over to the side of the trail, and no fuss, no muss. No growling, no hackles raised, and all is well in the world. But...every now and then, you get that one person. Like this morning. A lady was coming toward us with a huge white shaggy sheep dog, and I saw she had about 5 feet of loose leash, and right where we were going to meet, the trail was about 2 feet wide. A recipe for disaster. So I did something I haven't had to do in quite the while, I moved about 3-4 feet off trail so they could pass. What did she do?
She stopped right there, to tell me how beautiful Mocha was, with still 5 feet of leash loose and her big pooch is coming right at Mocha, who started growling. I stood in front of Mocha and had to tell the lady that I wasn't trying to be rude but that my dog wasn't comfortable with strange dogs coming right at her and to please pull her dog back so we could keep moving. I know she meant well, but a little common sense would go a long way. I've come so far with Mocha, the last thing I need is any kind of setback, and I know how fast that can happen.
She is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are her life, her love, her leader. She will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of her heart. You owe it to her to be worthy of such devotion.
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