Hi, this is Liz. I’m hijacking Maggie’s blog to vent. As you know, we went to the Vet yesterday to get the staple out of Maggie’s nose.
It made me angry that the big dog that was there (at least 5 to 7 inches taller than Maggie from shoulder) was given to an 8 or 9 year old kid to “hold”. The mom in this case held a tiny, teacup poodle and let her son try to manhandle the big pooch, who was aggressively standing and barking. The mom did nothing. It was a struggle to get Maggie out of the Vet’s office (whose staff did nothing, either). More on that in a sec.
I am very upset.
Society works against dogs like Maggie; setting them up to fail. Example:
Have an incident at the Vet’s office? Schedule her to sit in the waiting area when 6 to 8 dogs are already there.
Need socialization with other dogs? Sorry, you can’t come to our boarding/daycare/dog park/doggy hotel because of your breed.
Jim and I have invested at least a thousand dollars or more on obedience training for Maggie and boot camp. What she sorely needs is socialization with other dogs. However, she hasn’t had – and is not going to get it – because her breed is unwelcome. It’s a catch-22 that’s not fair to the animals. So, while Maggie is well-trained and knows her commands, she still does not know what to do with other animals, since she never gets to interact with them. What happens? My dog continues to view other dogs as a threat, and develops separation anxiety away from her humans. It’s terrible and sad; now that she’s 5, nothing is going to change.
Back to the big dog at the Vet. IF Maggie had reacted with growls or raised hair, AS SHE WOULD HAVE HAD EVERY RIGHT TO DO, it would look bad on her – because of her breed. If she decided to take on this big, aggressive-acting dog, it again would have been her fault – because of her breed. That lady wasn’t taking responsibility for her dog, and that’s one thing that frosts my cookies. It’s perfectly fine to let your dog run loose, or saddle a kid with a dog it can’t handle, as long as there’s a handy Pitbull to blame when things go South.
I don’t see how society as a whole can label one group of dogs as bad, vicious, or dangerous, and then deny them services that would make them not be. It just doesn’t make sense to me. It’s like complaining about the literacy rate, and cutting reading out of schools.
Thanks for letting me vent.