Every night I put my stafford on his lead and head out for a walk. He stays on his lead for the duration of the walk and I pick up his poop in accordance with requirements. In short, we don’t impact negatively on anyone as we enjoy our evening stroll.
Last night, I had to contend with two very yappy Pomeranians who stopped traffic by standing in the middle of the road and barking at us before deciding to push their luck by coming over to have a go at my dog. I then enjoyed an interaction with a woman who, seeing that I was holding my dog back from the path, deigned to unglue her mobile phone from her ear long enough to assure me that her dog (off lead, of course, and eager to spend some quality time in my personal space) was “harmless”.
That’s great, I told her, but how do you know mine is?
In fact, he isn’t great with other dogs – I keep him on a lead and expect other dog owners to do the same. And if my dog behaved the way those Pomeranians did, I’m sure people would be baying for his blood.