That was a very ignorant statement by the stranger. When Chief was alive, there were 3 instances that he went from happy loveable mush to everyone into a snarling beast in seconds. We socialized him, and he was the friendliest guy to all, except if he perceived danger.
The first time, my DH was working the night shift. He and a buddy of his got off work and came to our house. The friend knew our back door lock was broken, so since he got to our house first, he walked in. The kids and I were asleep. I have known this friend since I was 8 years old, so it wasn't odd that he would walk in the house. Chief, on the other hand, didn't take too kindly to it, and bit him in the face. Hubby told our friend he deserved it for just walking in the house in the middle of the night like that.
The second time, a salesman came to the door. I was talking to him from behind a screen door, with Chief sitting calmly beside me. I told the salesman I wasn't interested and to leave, but he persisted. I finally told him to leave or I would call the police. He opened the screen door really fast, and tried to come in. Big mistake on his part. Chief launched himself, growling, and teeth bared at the guy. He slammed the door faster than he opened it, and took off.
The third time, I was walking Chief. A guy came up to me and said how much he loved GSD's and is he friendly. I said he was and he loved people. The guy was loving on Chief, and Chief was loving right back. Then the guy stood up, and took my arm, and Chief turned into the vicious beast again. I thought the guy took my arm to steady himself, but Chief didn't think so. I told the guy that it was ok to pat Chief, but don't ever touch me like that again.
Chases Wolfgang Heinrich Von Ryan aka Wolfie born 12/20/09
Waiting for us at the bridge is Chases Chieftain aka Chiefy Left this earth and left a hole in our hearts July 2000