Please Don’t Hit Him

Saturday evening I was walking Sampson and Delilah.  As always I was on high alert watching for potential triggers.  

As we rounded a corner I saw it, a little Jack Russell on the other side of the street.  I recognized the dog at once, as one we usually pass in his yard.  He always barks at us and is usually jumping and biting at the fence.  

We were about 30 feet away when the woman walking him had him sit.

I have a big problem with my dogs walking past other dogs.  Typically if the other dog is in their yard I can coax my dogs off with a cookie.   If the other dog is on leash, it’s a whole different story!

Sampson is typically worse than Delilah.  He wants, no he NEEDS to meet that other dog.  He starts jumping and bucking like a freaking bronco. One of course feeds off the other, so then Delilah starts in.  She usually lunges and barks.  

This is how I found myself literally wrestling my dogs up the street.  I had Sampson by his harness in my left hand and Delilah somehow managed to squeeze herself between my legs, so I had her harness in my right hand.  

I could hear the woman speaking to her dog, it didn’t sound good but I had my hands full and couldn’t really look.

We got past the dog but I knew we had a bigger problem.  I knew where the other dog lived, and I knew we were going to pass the dog again.  I practiced calling the dogs back to me and giving them cookies.  I got a handful of cookies ready thinking maybe if I threw the cookies in the road, the dogs would concentrate on that and leave the other dog.

Sure enough we turned the corner for home and there they were.  She downed her dog and I threw a treat in the road and my dogs exploded.  Sampson bucked like a bull with a rider on and Delilah lunged.  As I tried wrestling the dogs past her, I said “We have to get better at this.”

She responded, “He’s aggressive with other dogs.”

Oh and he was on a retractable leash, but I didn’t realize that until she accidentally dropped it.  Suddenly the game had changed.

Here he came creeping at my dogs.  So I dropped my leashes.  

The woman was upset and I said, “It’s okay.”  And it was for the first few seconds and then her dog snarked at Delilah and Delilah gave it right back.

I had managed to find my way across the street and called Delilah, who came right back to me.  Sampson was a bit harder but eventually he came.  It was over in less than a minute.

My dogs were now standing docilely by my side.  The woman’s dog was in a down and then she bent over, she had her palm raised as if she was going to hit him and she said, “Bad boy!”

“Please don’t hit him,” I begged.

She looked up at me and said, “I took him to a trainer who told me to shake this in his face when he does that.”  She opened her palm to show me a small chain, similar to what you would use when chaining a dog outside.  “I don’t actually hit him.”  She finished almost sheepishly.

I was horrified.  Here this woman reached out for help with her dog and she was given advice that was traumatizing her dog even more.  I tried to explain as best I could how I felt it was not the right thing to do for this issue.  That her dog was probably frightened and didn’t understand why she was punishing him.  I told her I use lots of treats and I thought a positive trainer would be able to help her and her dog.  I finished by giving the the name of a positive training center not too far from us.

I’ve given lots of thought to this incident since it happened.  How I could work my dogs better, how I could get them to react differently.  I’ve thought about going to her house (minus my dogs of course) and giving her my card and asking her to e-mail me so I can forward some blog posts that might help her understand what’s going on with her dog.

I also considered seeing if she wants to practice walking our dogs past each other, maybe help each other out.

So many dogs, so little time.

So many dogs, so little time.

You Make Me Laugh – September 21, 2014

You make me laugh (or smile) the sweet, loving funny things my dogs do on a daily basis that brings a smile to my face or a laugh to my lips.

Sampson the other night, when you stood up to try and get a better advantage to eat your Kong….

Nom, Nom.

Nom, Nom.

You really made me laugh.

Your turn, what do your pets do that make you smile or laugh?

Follow-Up Friday – September 19, 2014

Welcome to this week’s edition of Follow-Up Friday, the post where I highlight reader’s comments, answer questions and generally just wrap up my week.

You Make Me Smile – September 14, 2014


Nom, nom.

Nom, nom.

2 Brown Dawgs said, “Love the shiny spit on the kong…lol.”

LOL You can have it.  This dog has a very, very wet mouth!!  Even giving her a treat, you need a towel.

Chelsea Price said, “I ADORE this series. It’s so refreshing to read such positive and upbeat posts each week.”

Thank you, I’m so glad.  My dogs bring me so much joy and I just want to share that with you all.

Curiosity…it’s Not Just For Cats

Lauranne said, “I was half waiting for the spray in the face photo!”

OMD could you imagine?  She would have freaked out!  I had watched the sprinkler as we approached and knew there was not a chance of that, unless she went around it, then all bets were off!

Two French Bulldogs said, “I bit that thing this morning. Not smart.”

OH NO!  I hope you weren’t too traumatized.

The Lab-ra-language

Emma said, “We sit at the back door when we want to go play in the yard, but when we want to come back in, we just ring our dog doorbell and Mom comes running. Watching Mom come running is the best because she knows if she makes us wait, I will lay on that bell non stop until she comes!”

Emma, you always make me smile.  You and your sisters are the main reason I do not have a doggie doorbell. LOL

DZ Dog says, “Dante likes to employ a very loud deep sigh….it means, “dang you guys are boring for making me wait.”

Ah, the sigh.  Yes, Delilah does that occasionally too, and sometimes she uses a little “haaaarumpff,” it’s absolutely hysterical.

It’s Dog or Nothing said, “It’s really amazing how we’re able to communicate so effectively with our dogs. They really do have a way of telling us what they need/want. Mauja likes to whack me with her paw if I’m not paying enough attention to her.”

LOL they do have a way of communicating, don’t they?

Sampson and the Two Dicks

You guys, how can you meet two men named Dick and not want to write a post about that?  

Some dogs just have it.  What can I say?

Some dogs just have it. What can I say?

Emma said, “To revisit an old topic of yours…why you get so much spam… :) You know with that title the world wants to read whether we know the true meaning or not.”

Yes, that would certainly explain the porn spam.  True story…when I first started blogging and knew nothing about plugins, I published a post that had the word ‘bush’ in it.  You wouldn’t believe the porn spam I got on that post.  It got to a point where I actually unpublished the post.  Thankfully now I have that amazing spam filter and I don’t see any spam.  At all.

Molly the Wally said, “LOL we were in the gutter for a moment with that title.”

LOL well I admit the title was designed for that purpose. ;-)

SlimDoggy said, “Emma is right…you attract spam with those titles…but then again, you attract me, so what does that say about me??? ”

LOL it says a lot to me. ;-)  Can’t wait to hang out with you!

Frankie and Ernie said, “THAT was an interesting walk…. It reminds me of the old … I’m Darrel and this is my Brother Darrel.”

That was exactly what I was thinking!!

Jan asked, “I am sure your neighbors–including the dicks–are grateful to have such a great politician such as Sampson to keep order in your neighborhood. Has he considered running for national office?”

He has not, he just can’t find a good handler. ;-)

Two French Bulldogs said, “I stand around and wait for people to approach me. Mom said her heart breaks at my look when some buddy walks by and ignores me.”

I totally get that.  It breaks my heart too when someone will not acknowledge him.  But he just tries again the next time, he’s good like that. 

Update on Leroy

The Go Fund Me page is up.  I want to thank all of you who have contributed to Leroy’s Fund and have shared his story.  I know having funds to help defer the costs of his care is a great relief to Jen and her family.    Please know, if you shared Leroy’s story, you have helped.  If you donated, no matter how much you have helped.

Leroy is still retaining fluid and is scheduled for a scope today, hopefully that will give them the answers they need to help Leroy recover.

Just a reminder if you’d like to share his Go Fund Me page, you can find it HERE.  And if you want to stop by and let Jen know you’re thinking of her, her Facebook page is HERE.

The thing I love best about this blogging community is the community.  You guys are the absolute best and that always shines through, especially when one of our own needs you.  

Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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