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Thread: Im fed up of old gits!

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    Default Im fed up of old gits!

    I was having a lovely walk with my dogs, minding my own business, dogs in lake, im sat on a bench watching sun come up and the dogs playing in the lake, swans/geese/ducks swimming out of their way, neither dog paying any attention to the wildlife, just rumpus play in water and we are all chillin.
    When suddenly....

    Some bloke, circa 70yrs, stomps in front of me, between me and my dogs, and decides its his job to lecture me on dog training, and how many wildlife birds are being killed by my dogs. ????

    I explained to the man, i too have seen a lot of dead ducks on the banks of the lake this last month, that i believe its a fox. As there is a lot of fox scat around, i was really being friendly in my tone, and asked him to watch my dogs in the water, and the ducks swimming around them, and how the dogs dont go for the ducks. That they are trained not to. And dont. Even when the ducks make loud noises and move fast, they dont chase them.

    For being extra polite, and NOT responding to his rudeness with rudeness i was rewarded with....

    "Get your F***ing dogs on a leash, or i will get you"

    A threat? of what? i thought, a little fearful, it was only 6ish, im on my own, and dont know for sure if my dogs would protect me?

    I called the dogs out of the water, and they came and shook all over us as dogs do. and left.
    Why are some people so nasty?
    I wish my dogs could be a little more threatening at times!

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    most of them are the oldies - seriously sometimes they get to my nerves, i just ignore them and forget what happens
    m<(o.o)>m

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    Hes watching out for wildlife and any dog offlead is potentially a threat.

    Apart from the swearing and attitude, I cant really see a big issue here

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    I can understand him being concerned for the wildlife - I mean, he doesn't know if your dogs are trained or not, but being rude and threatening and scaring people is unacceptable who ever you are and whatever your age.

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    I could understand that IF your dogs were doing harm to the wildlife. As they were not his attitude was completely unnecessary and rude.

    I guess the other question is, was it an off leash area or not?

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    Hmm i agree - if it was not an off-lead area he was well within his rights to tell you to get your dogs onto a lead, without the threats & rudeness mind you. Maybe he's really into preserving wildlife and his passion got him a little fired up. Kudos to you for the way to handled it. I probably wouldn't have been so ladylike if he spoke to me in that manner.

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    Nah, it's rude, no matter what the situation was.

    Some people have totally lost touch with reality. They think all kids are vandals and all dogs are killers. Wouldn't matter how many rules and regulations you bring in to kerb the freedom of both, they would still whinge and whine. Put them all on a little island together, I say.

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    As dog owners we all have rules & regulations we have to abide by - whether our dogs are "killers" or not or how silly some rules maybe. I choose not to put my dogs into a situation where rules are being broken & they could be blamed for something they didn't do. Yet we still don't know whether it was an off-lead area or not so you breaking the rules may not be the case.

    Doesn't mean he can go off his rocker towards you & i would have given him a piece of my mind if he had spoken to me that way.

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    I too believe he had no right to be rude and intimidate you in the manner in which he did. I commend you on maintaining your composure and biting your tongue. I abhor rudeness but can generally give as good as I get if need be. Do I dare admit I can swear and curse like a drunken sailor if pushed and then am usually quite shocked later that I did it. I would like to compare myself with Princess Di but the reality is I may be more Kyle Sandilands.

    I do work in wildlife rescue and have seen the damage dogs (and cats and lets not forget us humans) can inflict on our wildlife. Though it does not excuse the old blokes behaviour hopefully his heart was in the right place. I believe you when you say your dogs would not hurt the wildlife but the old guy may not be so trusting.

    I like to compare your story to one I think most of us would have been subjected to as dog owners. Have you ever been at a park and another dog has come along and attacked/bitten/roughed up or bullied your dog? Then the owner appears and says something like "that is so unlike him" or "he has never done that before" and you walk away (or at least I do) and think "Bull***t!" Maybe he just doesn't believe you or has been lied to before by some ignorant dog owner and everyone else is now paying the price.

    I would avoid that spot for a while or keep an eye out for him and leave asap to avoid another confrontation. I think he would gladly go round two - he just sounds like a cranky old bugger. Try and not let him spoil your day.

    I too am curious as to whether it was an off leash area and have you thought about letting your local council know about the dead wildlife? They may be able to or willing to investigate.

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    I bet the old fart wouldnt do it to a bloke. Weak as piss........

    If it was my partner i'd be going for a walk with her the next day and be giving old mate a lesson in manners.

    I have 2 elderly gents in my street, one is a mean arsehole...the type who dosnt kick the kids footy back over the fence but pops it instead.
    The other one is a bloody legend who'll do anything for you and is always good for a laugh and a beer. He flirts with all the lasses in the street and they think he's a old cutie.......

    I know which type of bloke i want to be when i grow up !!!

    Lifes to short to be a cranky old prick !!


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