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  1. mrose_s

    mrose_s BusterLove

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    we have a big, mixed breed dog. shes the most gentle thing and would bever hurt anyhting.

    we took her to my sisters primary school and she just lay there for an hour and a half.

    when the transition teacher bought all the 6 year olds past Sophie (the dog) back to their class, she had them standing about a foot away from her before she said "HOPE THAT DOGS FRIENDLY"

    ofcourse she is, why would we take her if she would hurt anyone.

    we have a dog called daisy, smaller than our cat, she is very cute and not vicous, but nowwhere near as tolerant as sophie.
    If poepel saw here they would just rush uo and start patting her, what if she is vicous, what if she snap at your face if you get too close...
    just because she's small doesnt mean she cant do damage
     
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    Renee750il Felurian

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    People just have no idea sometimes, and can be so terribly rude . . . I've had people run up to my girls because they have those big sad faces and I've had to stop them and tell them to approach quietly - not because my dogs are going to snap, but because that's the way ALL dogs should be approached - with respect! Even the smallest dog needs to be approached respectfully. Even the smallest dog can misconstrue an improper advance as a threat to its owner and react defensively - and my sad faced girls are protective by nature, despite their laconic looks!

    Too many people make snap decisions based solely on appearances; it never turns out well.
     
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    mrose_s BusterLove

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    yes, exactly,

    there where some kids that used to live up the road, they'd stand outside out gate and tease the dogs. When I went out once I caught one kid SPITTING at Sophie. Later, I heard the gate open and then the kids run away.

    They had teased our dogs until they became, mad, we have one boy (buster) that is a bit anti social and a bit agressive. They opened our gate, and ran away. Gosh Im glad Buster didnt get out.
     
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    gapeach Big Mutts

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    That's awful about those kids, I know exactly what you mean about people.We took Carey to a car show once, and a lot of people just reached over and petted her. Grown folks not just kids, people have no sense. She snapped at a friend of ours once b/c Carey was sitting right in front of my husband and the lady just darted her hand right in front of Carey's face. She felt threatened I don't know for her sake or for James'. But as long as you meet her outside and let her smell you (like everyone should) she loves everybody. She thinks she's a lap dog. A lot of people do assume that lil' dogs won't bite, I remember reading somewhere (wish I could remember where) that the leading biting dog is a cocker spaniel, not that I have anything against cockers it's just I thought it would shut up people against the bigger" more dangerous looking" dogs :rolleyes:
     
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    mrose_s BusterLove

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    yeah, thats horrible, ofcourse you let a dog smell you before you start patting it
     
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    Last weekend, the kids and I took Lilly and Duncan to the park for an hour or so. There were other people in the park with dogs but this one lady in particular kinda ruined things for us.

    I make it a point to keep Duncan away from others at the park as he can get a little too friendly sometimes and one never knows how their pet will react to a strange dog (although this has never been a problem)

    The kids and I were on the other side of a fence about 100 yards from this woman and her dog. She hollers, "Hey, is that dog mean?" "Oh, No, not at all" I hollered back "Well he sure looks like he is" she said. "Yeah he is so totally viscious, thats why I have my 11 y/o daughter walking him in a park full of people, because it's feeding time" is what I wnted to say but instead said "His size can be a little intimidating I know, but he would only attack you with kisses" She had the nerve to tell me that she hoped for her and her dogs safety that we would stay on our side of the fence. (we were in the parking lot still) LOL. I informed her we would not stay on that side but I would keep my dogs at a safe distance from her dog. This is when she started moving closer to us as if to say, "my dog will get your little doggie if you come any closer." After about 10 minutes of trying to avoid this woman, we loaded the dogs up and left the park.
     
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    It just irritates me no end when people act like that!

    You did the right thing for your dogs by leaving, much as it rankled. That kind of intimidation can make even the friendliest dog defensive. It would be nice if you could find a friend who has a dog that Lilly and Duncan like to play with who would meet you at the dog park so you'd have a little morale reinforcement. Bullies like that woman tend to stay away if they aren't sure they're going to be able to intimidate.
     
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    maybe they need to know the most viscious animal is the tiny shrew..Bronki was outside in the yard with his leg hiked when he jumped up and "screamed" i ran over and he was all hunched up...got him inside and turned him over..there were four teeth marks right thru a small area on the shaft of his penis..the teeth had punctured the ureatha and a major blood vessel. He had blood in his urine at the vet's when they checked it. They were too tiny to be a mouse and too close together to be a snake. Vet trip and anitbiotics. i went out and examined where he was urinating and found a dead woodpecker..one so old and dried up only a shrew would consider chewing on it. i have been bit by little dogs and can attest that they will bite fast and hard..one right thru my thumb nail. I spent each sat. at City Market telling child after child..that they should always ask a dog owner first and never approach a dog quickly..that all dogs were not like Bronki. U would have been as proud of him as i was when the little children would lift up his ears and look "inside" touch and examine his whole head and he wouldn't even bat an eye, he held so still for them.
     
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    Poor Bronki! What an awful thing to happen to him.

    I'll never forget the day Dad and I were surveying and had Bear with us. There was an electric fence, which Bear was staying FAR away from! A neighbor dog took exception to Bear and went down the fence line marking.

    Yep, yep, lol . . . he peed on the wire . . . talk about a screaming dog. I felt sorry for the poor fellow. He didn't come back, just sat on his front porch and glowered at Bear. I think he thought Bear had done it to him.
     
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    last year I took Hammie to have his rabies shot at a clinic in a local firehall. He was really well behaved (not so sure about this year, tho) but I was amazed that some people think nothing of letting their tiny child rush up to pet the 'doggies'. I'm talking about children 2 years old. I realize they shouldn't fear a dog.....but you can never be too careful...and to just rush up to a strange dog made me very nervous. I will admit that recently my kids and I were out walking. We ended up on a little back road, when suddenly in the middle of nowhere was a house. In front of the house were 2 big dogs quite upset that we were nearing their turf. Since they were loose, I decided to just turn around. Maybe they were just making noise....maybe not. I didn't want to find out....so yep, I made that decision cause they were BIG dogs. I would have also respected little guys looking that upset....but I have ALOT of respect for the big ones. In my situation, I wasn't sure the people were home and I sure did find them intimidating!! I wouldn't trust Ham if he were loose and someone came near (he isn't ever loose..I'm VERY careful) It may seem rude...depends if the people are nasty...but I can kind of understand it a little.
     
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    course, remember that I was thinking of my own dog. Never a more loving animal....to me, but he just isn't all that loving to others...which is why I am more wary than others when I see a big dog that seems wonderful with their owner....I still feel intimidated a bit. I sure don't mean it to ever be rude....and I'd never say something ridiculous to the owner!!
     

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