It’s here, the hop we all have been waiting for. Do you have your stories ready to share? Jodi from Heart like a dog and I would love for you to join in the blog hop. We will leave the linky open until Sunday at midnight.
These two don’t have many worries. I like to think of myself as a fairly savvy dog owner. I keep them safe, well fed, exercised, all that good stuff.
And I also make sure they are not a nuisance to other people or dogs. But, we all know that not everyone thinks the same way.
I had a hard time narrowing down stories for the blog hop. When we are in Utah there are so many DADO, it’s hard to pick a favorite story. This one sticks in my mind the most however.
We were walking on the trail that is paved and runs beside the river. Torrey is reactive when on leash, if I allow her to be. The best thing for us is to get her to sit, and then she just watches the other dog go by. On this day, I could see a bicycle with a dog on a leash coming towards us. Not good. So I made Torrey sit to wait for them to pass by. The dog was on a flexi leash. The dog stopped, to check out Torrey and Roxy. The leash kept getting longer, until it reached the end and yanked the bike rider right off the bike. Yep, DADO award there.
We see lots of reactive dogs on leashes when we walk on that trail. It amazes me how so many people make no attempt whatsoever to correct the pulling snarling dog they have. The dogs are choking themselves, and the people continue to just pull and drag and yell at the dog. More DADO at their finest.
My biggest source of frustration, or getting pissed off, is the loose dogs. And to me, these people are the supreme DADO. When we stayed were Al has his shop, thankfully we are not there now, I could never just go walk the dogs, EVERY SINGLE DOG in that area is allowed to run loose. I had to be sure and walk on streets were I knew we wouldn’t be chased, barked, or threatened. I have had a puppy follow me for a half mile despite my yelling at it to go home. I have had dogs run out from secret places to bark and scare the shit out of me. I have had to call my friends to come pick me up because there was no way we were getting past the huge mean dog that was blocking the way home. Yep, a whole community of DADO. The sad and tragic part of this story is the dogs that get hit on the busy roads. Two dogs were hit last year, and the owners were determined to find out who ran over them. One dog died and the other was severally injured and required tons of vet care. If you care for your dogs, buy a damn fence. And don’t get me started on the dogs riding on the flat bed trucks.
Being a dog owner carries a lot of responsibility. From picking up the poop, also not a popular thing around here, to keeping them safe, and making sure they are trained well. I have thought more than once, how can the DADO be helped? Can they be helped? Rather than calling them a dumb ass, do we try to talk to them, educate them? How do you go about this? Has anyone ever taken a classic DADO moment and tried to talk to them? Did it go well?
OK, your turn now. Add your blog post to the linky below, and let’s here your best DADO stories.