I was walking my dog this morning, basically the same route almost every morning and I walk past this home with two dogs, a small yap yap and a medium sized black lab. Every time I go by there, if they see me (about 1 in 3), they go nuts at me. Anyway, mainly the black lab starts barking at me and my dog so I quickly go by. My dog stops to have a look at them, he's like "what the hell?" but he doesn't bark or anything and I pull on his lead and he follows me quietly although whimpering a bit.
Then this rickety lady in a purple robe (from the house next door to that one I think) comes out a gives me this massive dirty look and punches in a number on her phone. I'm thinking, "what did I do?"
So right now I still thinking, "what did I do?" What could I have possibly done this time?
My dog right now looks like this:
He's seven months old and he weighs 23 kg and he doesn't look like he is going to get much bigger. He doesn't look like a bully breed but I have had people as I've walked past their home say "that's a really dangerous dog. If he bites he won't let go." I've also had compliments, "that's a really beautiful dog." It's mostly his mouth I think, when he opens his mouth people can see his staffi-ness - he is a bully breed x after all.
Mostly for owners of a bully or an intimidating breed of dog, do you get stigmatised by the know-nothings of the world? If you do then how so and how do you deal with it? I'm really interested in hearing the opinions of people who live in suburban areas - basically where I and all the stupid people of the world with too much time on their hands live.
I want to add that the lady who lives in the house with the two dogs was outside at the time and she didn't say anything as I went by.