Anyone reading my blog will know I love dogs. It doesn’t matter what size or breed and here we certainly have a lot of variety for me to pet and fuss!
I’ve done a few posts on some breeds I’ve come across here, though my favourite still remains the GSD. I have always loved the breed, ‘inherited’ one when I moved in with Partner and got my second when she died as the collie was pining dreadfully.
We have several on the block, all are friendly, though one is a little anxious but getting used to us, and we have two pups that are growing into beautiful dogs.
Today things got a little out of hand and we have been warning our walking friends that there is a new dog in town which is not to be trusted.
I like to think I know the difference between a warning bark and ‘let me get at you to rip you to pieces’ tirade. Gnashing teeth and saliva usually give you a clue too.
We didn’t recognise the dog or its owner/family, and hope it is just visiting.
The dog started barking aggressively at the sight of a little shih tzu which had just crossed the road with her owner towards the park.The dog lunged for it even though it was some distance away, nearly wrenching his owners arm out of its socket. I’ll give him his due, he crossed over immediately and tried to get his dog under control by facing it to the wall and holding its snout. It was not muzzled.
We had already crossed over further up and hadn’t been seen yet. However, another walker we know by sight was coming along the road on that side with his westie.
The GSD went nuts, almost pulling the owner over this time, and he was having a hard job trying to calm it down. The westie and owner crossed over earlier than the crossing island and got into the park ahead of us.
We met up with a neighbour coming out who has a whippet and he had held back himself. We stopped and chatted about what we had seen, and agreed that this dog was dangerous.
The dog was a beautiful black and tan adult male, but it unnerved me, which is unusual.
From my untrained eye, I would say it had had little, if any, socialising, and to be honest from its behaviour, training would be extremely difficult.
If nothing else, it should at least be muzzled as it is unpredictable and aggressive towards other dogs. What if one of the family had been walking the dog on their own? Once off the lead to attack, the little ones, or even those of Maggie’s size, wouldn’t have stood a chance.
I stress I do not know this dog, its history or its owner. For all I know it could just have been having an ‘off day’, but from this first encounter, I would not want to approach it or give it the benefit of the doubt.
Years ago the German Shepherd always had bad press and were considered ferocious and vicious animals. This one is exactly that and tars the good ones reputation.
But then it only takes one doesn’t it.