Pip and I went on our regular walk this morning, down to the local soccer pitch (off leash area), a little earlier than usual. As we enter the field, I see these three dogs pelting down towards us at full speed - a rough collie, a border collie and a massive german shepard - and a lady at the far side of the field yelling "they won't hurt your dog" as they continue hurtling towards us.
I place myself between the dogs and Pip - they don't look aggressive, but pip is ten times smaller than the smallest one and looks terrified. I'm not one to coddle dogs, so standing between them was all I could think to do. The two collies proceed to sniff Pip all over, while the GSD barks at her, Pip starts to cry out, she is so terrified. The lady walks up, yells at the dog not to bark, of course the dog continues barking (well, if her owner can bark, so can she!)
I stand with the lady while all the dogs calm down, click and treating Pip when she visibly relaxes. She tells me that they don't usually walk there but the GSD is in heat. As we stand there, the GSD does the same approach to someone else, this time a child. She is not aggressive, but she is one of the biggest of her breed that I have seen, and is pretty intimidating looking. The lady has no control.
So, all dogs are settled, Pip and I continue our walk. When we gain a little distance, I let Pip of the leash. The GSD barks, Pip runs back to the lady. Then she has the cheek to tell me I should keep Pip on the lead!!! Really? She doesn't even have a lead - and Pip comes when she is called.
As we walk, I also notice that the lady is letting her dogs crap all over the field and not clean it up.
This, I think, is a lesson about how neurotic little fluffies are created. When the are exposed to out of control big dogs, what can you do but be on the offensive.
It goes to show that there is no difference between little dogs and big dogs (for all the little dog bashing that goes on here) except their owners.