I just had a small problem today.
Now, mind you, it is very very crowded where I live so sometimes dog parks are freakin' packed!!!
Today was one of those days. Every time I come accrossed a mean dog, it's always owned by a mean person. Mean people seem to create mean dogs. Like father like son, so to speak.
My family has owned a chain of pet stores my whole life and we've always had hundred of animals within a tight space. All treated awesomely. We eat pizza and snacks in front of all of them all day long and no animal makes a single noise. Sure, we give out nibbles to them, but otherwise no problem.
So, today I'm finishing a sandwich and walking Yogi into the park. There was a guy and his wife, very nasty looking and sounding. They were the only ones there and they had about 8 dogs of different breed. I was about 25 yards from the fence and their dogs started to ferociously bite each other and start fighting as if it were a death match. No joking here man. These dogs were fixing to kill each other.
So, the wife came to the fence and yelled..."look at what you're making my dogs do. Don't come near here with food!!!!!"
So, I inquired back "okay, no problem, I'll go to the other area. But tell me, what do your dogs do when your family has dinner? Spend their time locked in the basement?"
So, I went into the other section and finished my sandwich and fries with the other smaller dogs and gave many of them fries for treats cuz their owners said it was okay and they were so cute.
So, If I go to this park and see this family there again, I will either leave or make an issue out of it. Who are they to tell me what I can and can't do in a public park. If I want to bring in snacks for Yogi, then I can do it. If their dogs are going to eat eachothers legs off as a result, I think that's their fault and problem, not mine.
Mean people, mean dogs. Bad tempered owners, bad tempered dogs.
So, If their dogs react in that aggressive fashion when they smell food, I seriously wonder what they do with the dogs at dinner time? Lock them away in seperate cages?
Many people bring food to this park, many. Some bring picnic baskets for themselves and their dogs. I normally bring a bag of treats to train Yogi. Is it right for these people to yell at me for having food? Is it right for their dogs to react in this aggressive manner around the smell of food? Isn't this a public park? If their dogs are so touchy and vicious, perhaps they should not bring them to a public place?