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07-01-2014 05:44 AM
KaiserandStella
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this has been an ongoing problem with her for quite some time.

I suspect her story about her grandson is embellished simply because she's had negative things to say about my Cocker as well. If it's not her accusing my dogs of pooping on the sidewalk out front, it's something else. She even got bent out of shape one day when I found her son's social security card on the sidewalk. Slammed the door in my face after I delivered it to her.
Seems she has other issues going on in her life/mind. Her reasoning albeit understandable (bad experience) is not healthy. A mindset fueled by fear is never a good place to be. I wouldn't argue or try to change her perception unless she showed an openness to it. Just go about your business and don't give her any more reason to believe your dog may be an unpredictable danger to society.
06-30-2014 09:36 PM
Yoshi
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Sunflowers - No animals at all. Not even a cat. All she has is a miserable attitude. I'll just keep killing it with kindness. LOL!
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Now that sounds like someone I know. They hate animals and the only thing they like about them is how good their meat tastes. It's sad because there was a time when she had a pet chicken and she really loved it, and one time she was excited that her family was maybe allowed to get a puppy, but it never happened.

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Yoshi - Horses are amazing. I had several in my childhood. I had many bad experiences with them - getting thrown, bitten, stepped on. But the good experiences outweighed the bad. Like you said, it taught me to respect them. To this day, I dream of having some again. ;-)
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Haha, you should come and visit mum's place, she has horses galore, all Arabians. We have one mare who was abused and ever since then she has hated a lot of people and she would attack them, but I am one of the few that she regards with indifference, unless, of course, if I have some jubes then she loves me!
06-30-2014 08:48 PM
selzer
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I agree. Smile politely, and move on. I understand the urge to defend your dog, but if you had just accepted her original comment without engaging with her further she probably wouldn't have continued making statements that offended you. Less stress and bother on both sides. It's really not worth arguing with ignorant people, and as Jean said, respect their discomfort around your dog. Whether you feel it's justified or not isn't really the point.
This, exactly.

But further, if you allow her exchanges to annoy you, then you are allowing her to disturb your inner peace. Unnecessary. Consider the source and move on.

The first part of the conversation -- I'll just stay back here --

perfect. "Thank you" and move on through.

Also, you can shut people down cold by agreeing with them.

"He turned on my grandson and tore him up, that's what those kind of dogs do." Answer, "Yes, they do, you'd better steer clear of Killer here, she's less stable when she's hungry."
But that would be engaging her further, not being PC about her real or imagined or made up for the sake of having something to say fear of the dog, and it would not be a very good ambassador for the breed. An outside chance also, of having the neighbor go around spreading stories about you and Killer. so best to just thank her and move on by. The other is just so tempting, but immature.

What makes me wonder is why people get a breed of dog who is known for protection, guarding, military work, police work and then are incensed when people cross the street to avoid them, or make a comment about their fear/distrust of them. They are formidable dogs. They have huge werewolf teeth that will do damage if the dog is provoked beyond its threshold, and their popularity leaves no shortage of stories about them -- human nature makes the negative stories stand out with greater weight.

So, it's ok to have people say they are uncomfortable around your dog. Good. Take that as the person being impressed with your dog, and maybe even impressed that you can handle and manage the dog. It is a complement. Don't let a complement annoy you. Say "Thank You."
06-30-2014 01:36 PM
blackshep oh, yeah she sounds a little unstable.

Even more of a reason not to get upset over what she said

Too bad she may miss the opportunity to see how awesome your dog is. Her loss.
06-30-2014 01:09 PM
Cassidy's Mom
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I would have just shrugged and said "ok." If she wants to inconvenience herself I don't see a problem with it, snide remarks only work if you're listening to them. Otherwise they're just hot air being wasted ;)

You have absolutely nothing to prove to them outside of the fact that your dog doesn't do anything to bother them
I agree. Smile politely, and move on. I understand the urge to defend your dog, but if you had just accepted her original comment without engaging with her further she probably wouldn't have continued making statements that offended you. Less stress and bother on both sides. It's really not worth arguing with ignorant people, and as Jean said, respect their discomfort around your dog. Whether you feel it's justified or not isn't really the point.
06-30-2014 01:06 PM
misslesleedavis1 Nailed it.
SuperG

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06-30-2014 12:53 PM
SuperG "She even got bent out of shape one day when I found her son's social security card on the sidewalk. Slammed the door in my face after I delivered it to her."

Okay, I take back my " try and be understanding, high road solution"

She's a loon...


SuperG
06-30-2014 12:46 PM
Sunflowers
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Sunflowers - No animals at all. Not even a cat. All she has is a miserable attitude. I'll just keep killing it with kindness. LOL!


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Well, that says even more.

We, here, love your gorgeous girl! I have a special fondness for bicolors.
06-30-2014 12:22 PM
MissLilyBean Sunflowers - No animals at all. Not even a cat. All she has is a miserable attitude. I'll just keep killing it with kindness. LOL!


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06-30-2014 12:21 PM
Courtney Well, take this as a warning and stay away from her. Don't try to prove her wrong by showing her your friendly dog - keep your dog(s) away from her no matter what. Look at it like protecting your dog(s) from HER
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