There is an event out there in the world of dogs that really puts a twist in my knickers, the off leash dog. I wouldn’t want anyone thinking I was too ‘enlightened’, so here goes.
I’m not talking about the well behaved or the obedient pup, I’m not really talking about the dogs at all…it’s their guardians. And they all happen to be men. (It’s not my fault. It just happens to be the way it is.)
Now, some of my dearest friends are men. I love men. I am not a man basher. I like to drink beer with them, fish, watch a football game or be out in the woods with them…for all sorts of reasons. BUT, whenever I meet an off leash dog, a dog who comes over to say ‘hi’…or something less friendly….to my dogs, (as I’m trying to rein in the 250 lbs of Leonbergers on the end of my leashes) a man is somewhere in the vicinity apologizing for the this very unforeseen occurrence, often shouting on the way over to collect his dog (his usually SMALL dog by the way), ‘He’s (or she) fine with other dogs!’
Well, swell. But, depending on where my girls are in their heat cycle, they could happily take an ear off the unsuspecting visitor. Luckily, my kids are very good on leash. ON LEASH. See? They are on leash! It’s not that hard to hold on to a leash! I have spent 40 years walking dogs and, just to prove I know what I’m talking about, and I cannot remember one instance where a woman got herself into that situation. I have seen other women walking their dogs off leash, but the moment they see me with mine, they slip a leash on them. You guys don’t even carry one with you! Is it too heavy? Do you not want to be seen with a ’prop’? Is it considered ‘unmanly’ in your world?
Okay, I’m sure some men carry leashes. That was a blanket statement and my bad.
If your dog is so well trained, as I have often been told, and this visitation on my girls was an anomaly, why not just walk him with a leash? I don’t get it, what is wrong with a leash?
So, to my male friends out there…tell me about the leash stigma...please. Help me understand. I would like to resolve this thing I have about men and their off leash dogs.
That way I can put it to bed and move on.
And then we can discuss why you feel the need to spit….