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bob_barker 08-28-2014 04:24 PM

I need to rant!!
Time for a famous Candice rant....

So Hailey (my daughter) and I decide to take Bob Barker for a swim in this spot that we have recently found on a quiet basically dead end road. We have gone several times and had no issues. It's hard to find a spot where Bob doesn't get distracted by other dogs and decide he would rather socialize.
So he his swimming away having a merry ol' time when a man comes jogging down the road. Bob being goofy Bob runs up to say "Hey" ..not barking, not charging, just jaunting up to this new friend he has found....

Well... You would think it was Cujo charging this man with foam frothing at the mouth snarling away by the man screamed bloody murder!!
"You know its a bylaw that dogs need to be on a leash!!" As he keeps running while I apologize and call Bob (who quickly comes back to my side when this man is making it very obvious that he wants Bob no where near him).
"Especially dogs like THAT" , as he points to Bob with disgust.
So... Smart ass me comes out... "Oh you mean puppies that like to say hello?".
He scoffs and continues on his jog.

I understand that people don't like dogs, I understand that people are AFRAID of dogs... But to be so dramatic about it...and just rude... Makes me cringe.

So at this point my blood is boiling, I throw the stick a couple more times, Hailey gets Bob on his lead and we make our way to the car. As I am fixing the sheet on the back seat Bob sits and waits patiently outside of the car (on leash)... The man runs by again and in a sarcastic tone yells "thank you" ... Uggghhhh
Go feed your goldfish PSEUDO SWEARING.

I wish there was a dog friendly place I got take Bob swimming or for a hike that is not overpopulated ... Or a dog park.
I wish there were no "non dog people".

Rant over ... Thank you :)
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SuperG 08-28-2014 04:28 PM

I guess the price was wrong......


martemchik 08-28-2014 04:32 PM

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No offense...but I'm a dog person, and I'd be pissed if your dog ran up to me. You probably don't realize what your dog looks like to someone that isn't used to having a GSD run at's not a friendly sight.

I do what you do (off lead in on lead area)...but I make sure my dog doesn't say hello to ANYONE who isn't saying hello first. He's not allowed to come up to anyone that isn't outwardly walking towards him.

SuperG 08-28-2014 04:41 PM


Originally Posted by martemchik (Post 5957049)
You probably don't realize what your dog looks like to someone that isn't used to having a GSD run at's not a friendly sight.

I learned this a while ago.....we ( owners ) know what it looks like to us....but it looks completely different and intimidating to most everyone else. You make a very good point.


katieliz 08-28-2014 04:43 PM

yes, these dogs can scare the you-know-what outa people and, if they're off leash, they must be totally under voice control. bomb-proof. or they can't be off leash. imho.

bob_barker 08-28-2014 04:50 PM

Which my dog is or else I wouldn't be letting him off leash.
Like I said he wasn't making any approach other than "jaunting" up to him .... If that. And again the second I called him to me he was there.

I guess I'm just clueless.

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martemchik 08-28-2014 04:54 PM

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I mean...don't get all upset about it...but if you're going to rant about it, you should understand that you were wrong...not the jogger.

It doesn't matter how friendly YOU know your dog is...the other person doesn't. This is the same idea as a dog running towards you while you have a DA dog and the other owner yelling to you how friendly their dog doesn't matter. I shouldn't have to interact with your dog if I don't want to.

This guy didn't sound like he was afraid of dogs...but that's another huge point. There are people that are CRAZY afraid of dogs. And its not up to you to judge their irrational's up to you to respect it and not put them through any extra emotional stuff because you felt like letting your dog off-leash.

Apoolutz 08-28-2014 04:58 PM

I love dogs but I don't want a strange dog running up to me either, You know that your dog is friendly but the people that he runs up to don't have a clue what he's going to do, so I think he had every right to be mad, I'm a runner and I can't tell you how mad I get when people let their dogs charge up to me saying he's friendly(it's a dog you can't be 100% sure what their gonna do)

canyadoit 08-28-2014 05:00 PM

LOL too funny

bob_barker 08-28-2014 05:08 PM

I'm not getting upset about it.

Like I said I understand that people have fears, I understand that people have dislikes. I really do.
My main point in this whole rant was that I wish there were more options (in my area) that I could take my dogs that they can be off leash and not have to worry about situations like this. Other than taking them to a dog park.

I guess a lot of the time I forget that to everyone else Bob doesn't look like goofy Bob Barker he looks like the big bad wolf.

There are also ways of handling a situation rather than yelling at a person like this man did.
I suppose I'm just being over sensitive.

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