Not again! Unbelievable!
Where do these people keep coming from?
We’ve had more encounters with off-leash dogs than I care to remember. In a town where local laws dictate that all dogs be leashed, it is really surprising just how many people seem to believe that it simply does not apply to their dog!
We’ve met a couple of “all dogs love me” characters (both men) who were really lucky to still have a full set of fingers on both hands (despite the obvious less than a full set of active brain cells). The logic here baffles me. Are they really so much in love with themselves that they cannot comprehend a dog not also falling in love with them? Are they that naïve that they cannot consider that some dogs, for whatever reason, may get upset at a total stranger touching them?
Then there are the children (many of them) that dash up with the clear intention of wrapping their arms around Ray! I can accept that people not may not necessarily understand the “trials and tribulations” of a rescued dog, but why wouldn’t they instill into their children that they do not touch any dog they do not know until they have the permission of the owner?
We cannot forget the people (more so men than women) who will pass by and suddenly reach out and stroke him as they pass!
It is always sad to hear about a dog who has reacted to a perceived threatening situation by biting and has paid dearly for that intuitive reaction when, in fact, the cause was a thoughtless person.
The latest winner of the “shake my head in total disbelief” award goes to a man (what is it with men?) whose path crossed ours a few days ago He was walking, with his dog, towards us and, a few moments earlier, had passed another dog. The two dogs were quite vocal but as he approached us he muttered something about all dogs want to do is play and seemed intent on his dog meeting Ray. However, before we could set up Ray for the “meeting”, the man bent over him and started to very roughly rub the side of his head. He then moved his hand and roughed up the top of Ray’s head. As fast as we realized what he was doing, he had stopped and we were moving away from him. Unfortunately, it all happened so fast which is the scary part of these idiotic moves. If Ray had reacted defensively, It would have all been over before we would have had a chance to intervene.
Walking Ray around here is often quite simply stressful, and that is entirely due to unthinking people! It is such a shame that we always have to be on the alert for human stupidity, rather than being able to totally indulge in the pleasure of Ray’s company!