Warning, this is a wordy and long rant about STUPID people, so excuse me if I say mean things. One of the images below looks kind of GROSS, so beware!
I wish that dog owners were more responsible for their dogs. Maui is a regular to the local dog park, and she’s made friends with the dogs that frequently visit the park as well. Yesterday, I decided to take her to run around and get some exercise, but unfortunately some IRRESPONSIBLE dog owner (never seen him before) was there too. ARGH!!
Maui walked towards this man who is sitting on a bench, and he instigated her to come closer while his dog was sitting in front of him. What is a social and friendly dog’s reaction to this? Well, it’s simple, the dog usually approaches the human to get free love and scratches… and that’s what Maui did. His dog was growling menacingly while he kept petting her, and it made me feel really uneasy. I figured this man had his dog under control. While Maui started to walk away from this man, his DAMN dog, a Chow breed, got aggressive and attacked her (random info for non-dog owners: dogs can sometimes get aggressive when they are jealous and possessive of their owners!!!). A Chow breed dog?! That is seriously 5x bigger than Maui! This is what it looked like:
Obviously, this guy knows his dog has jealousy issues, and it can get aggressive when it’s jealous, so why in the heck would he instigate Maui to come closer while his own dog is right there?! I never really care when BIG dogs play rough with her or chase her; she loves it! …but this is the first time I’ve been SUPER upset with another dog owner at this park!
Usually when owners know their dogs have jealousy issues, they ease them into the situation by holding them back while they pet a different dog. Simultaneously, they should give their own dog a treat if no aggression occurs while petting another dog. This is what I’ve learned from taking her to the dog park frequently.
Anyway, this Chow dog scratched and bit her nose. 😦 I was so upset that he let his dog attack her! He didn’t even try to stop his dog’s aggression, and on top of that, he DID NOT APOLOGIZE to me or Maui… and he did not reprimand his dog!!! ARGH! Seriously, he is teaching his dog some horrible behaviors. Now, this Chow dog is going to think it’s okay to attack when it is jealous!
Later that night, I noticed Maui was not her usual self. 😦 She didn’t bother me to play tug-o-war, and she didn’t even want to play fetch. When I left the room, she didn’t want to follow (and she always does). I knew something was wrong, so I looked at her face closely and noticed her nose was discolored. At first, I flipped out because I thought she might have gotten herpes or warts from an infected dog at the park, but then that made no sense to me. We go ALL THE TIME, and the dogs and their owners are all very responsible. Then I thought it might be a laceration from that STUPID DOG (no, I don’t hate Chows. I just dislike stupid people who don’t take care of their animals).
This morning, I went to to take her out to go to the bathroom, and she didn’t want to get up. She didn’t want to even leave her bed. She kept shivering, and I thought, “Oh crap! I think she has an infection!” I called the pet hospital, and they told me to bring her in as soon as possible. I brought her, and it turns out that Maui has an infection because of the laceration on her nose. It doesn’t help that dogs like to get their noses into everything, so it’s more susceptible to bacteria and viruses! It also turns out that she’s in a lot of pain because she didn’t want anyone to touch or examine her. Now, she’s at home fighting it by sleeping all day and taking TONS of medication. If she doesn’t get better in a few days, we have to take her back. They’re going to have to sedate her and look up her nose for other infections. My bank account is seriously not looking forward to that, so let’s hope she gets better.
…and she also has an E collar around her neck so she does not scratch her nose. She hates this thing with a passion! 😦
So, my point to this post — PLEASE be responsible of your pets, especially if they are aggressive. Perhaps, put a muzzle on it when going to the park, or at least reprimand for bad doggy behavior!! …and make sure to apologize 😦 Don’t just get a pet because it looks cute. They are a lot of work, so make sure you know what you are getting yourself into.
As for scrapping, I actually finished some layouts today. I just have not scanned them. Also, I’ve been working on altered art projects for Christmas, which I am really excited about! Stay tuned for pictures. Hopefully I’ll be able to post tomorrow.
Sorry for the long entry!
Off to take care of Maui,