So yesterday afternoon after 6 pm I got in my car with my two dogs to take them to an off leash dog park to have a run around together (yes I have a backyard but I like to take them somewhere different to stimulate the mind and to do some generalized training). I was looking for a park with no other dogs in it as Phoenix is only 4 months and Keira can be a bit overbearing. I parked up under a tree with the windows down a small way (so there was fresh air but Keira could only get her nose out a little bit) at a local park and as you cannot see the park from the street quickly jumped out to have a look to see if there was anyone in the park. As I have walked across the road a lady is walking up the street and I could see her intent almost immediately she was thinking about sticking her hand in to pat Keira. She walks up and lo and behold what does she do, sticks her bloody hand in just as I was about to yell out "Are you a bloody m***n" she walks off. NOW Keira is not at all HA she has never even so much as snapped at a person. She once barked at my partners friend but got over it once she met him (and he was dodgy anyways) but how does this lady know that. For all she knew the dog could have ripped her bloody hand off. And even if Keira has never been HA she may have been feeling threatened etc by the way the lady approached or she could have felt put out by the lady sticking her hand into the car. Either way this lady had absolutely no idea what the dogs reaction would be and had Keira snapped or bitten her she would have screamed bloody murder and Keira and I would have been left to deal with that the rest of our lives, as she could and probably would be declared dangerous after something like that.
Now I know some of you will say you shouldn't have left her in the car etc etc but I was literally out of the car for less than 2 minutes I had no intention of leaving her there for any longer than that, it was after 6 pm so it was cool, I made sure that Keira could not get out of the car and could not even get her whole head of the window and I could see the car the whole time. Anyways that is my vent, I just cannot honestly believe people are so silly as to do something like stick your hand in a car with a strange dog, I would be loath to do that to a dog that I know or even a dog whose handler has said it is ok for me to do that, let alone a random dog that I walk past on the street. I have left Phoenix out as she just sits on the front seat watching me and not worrying about anything else.
What would you have done in this situation? Has this happened to you? Has this happened to you and the worst happened (ie the dog snapped or bitten someone)?
Thanks for reading/listening to my vent.