“Oh sorry “ says the adult on one end of a lead, as I wipe my face on my sleeve.
The dog on the other end of the lead has just jumped up and slobbered over me.
It was glorious day and I was out for a walk. Lots of people were out too enjoying the fresh air, families, kids on bikes, dogs, horse riders, cyclists & runners.
I was standing enjoying the spectacle of a small waterfall gushing clear cold water, glistening in the sunshine.
Along came 3 perfectly nice adults with one perfectly nice dog on a long lead. Next thing I know I have a dog with his muddy paws up on my coat licking me across my cheek and mouth – Urgh!
It’s understandable, of course that your furry friend is not just ‘a pet’, they are a treasured part of your family.
And just like any family member, you get to know their personality, their little habits and unpredictable quirks and you love them for all of these traits.
When you are out with your dog, you most likely see a free spirit, his floppy ears his happiness at just being… well a dog!
Non dog owners
For non dog owners and for those amongst us who are wary or even downright scared of dogs, we see an animal with ‘unpredictable quirks’ that throw us into a tail spin (pun intended!)
It is when your beloved pet charges at full speed towards us, and yes we know it is only trying to be friendly/ loves people/ just wants to say hello etc etc…
What about the person who may already be really nervous?
What about the child out and about without a care in the world, suddenly has a dog coming towards them like an exocet missile?
I am the first to concede that for the majority of the public, old and young, they don’t mind an excitable dog and may even encourage your dog, stroke it, engage and play with it and that is fantastic, everyone is happy!
BUT please please, before you allow your dog to go haring off at light speed towards someone, just take a moment to consider the possible impact that your “softy of a dog that wouldn’t hurt a fly” may have on someone else’s day and possible long term consequences.