Stupidity starts early, I've found out.
Walking dogs yesterday...Sawyer and "W", who is a fear-aggressive/anxiety-ridden/biting dog.
Two little girls (8-9 years old) on the sidewalk ahead of us, so I go into the road with the dogs.
Little girl #1 jumps up, exclaims, "Can we pet the dogs?"
I say, as I push Sawyer forward, "Sure...you can pet this one, but not the other one, he doesn't like people."
Little girl #1 then says, "Oh, but I'm really good with animals."
I say, "Ummm...no, just pet this one", gesturing to Sawyer.
Little girl #1 persists, "Can I try at least?"
I am baffled and say in a harsher tone, "No, because he doesn't like people."
Little girl #1, "Why not, I'm really good with animals."
I pull Sawyer away and keep walking and say, "Because he'd bite you and I don't want to be responsible for that."
She stands there and watches while I walk away.
"I don't have any idea if my dogs respect me or not, but they're greedy and I have their stuff." -- Patty Ruzzo
"Dogs don't want to control people. They want to control their own lives." --John Bradshaw