My builders left this afternoon and forgot to close my driveway gate. I've had a migraine today and when I went out to let the dogs out of their run, I forgot to look right to check the gate as I turned left to go to the dogs. Upshot was they escaped out onto the footpath and ran up the street to a guy coming home from school on his bicycle.
I grabbed slip collars, ran out, recalled them, and back they came, no fuss. So I put them away, locked the gate and went to check boy on bike all ok (he was).
THEN nasty neighborhood ladies decide to 'dress me down' for letting them escape as they are dangerous. God, I can only imagine what Pitty and Bully breed owners go through... This is bad enough. I'll absolutely cop it that I stuffed up. I stuffed up ONCE in the 2 years Villi has been here.
My dogs recalled immediately (something the nasty ladies' dogs don't do- they are allowed to roam... A kelpie and a lab), I was on to it immediately, and my dogs have never ever done anything to these people to deserve such vitriol. Except being Dobes, I guess.
I feel stupid for my mistake. I feel proud my dogs recalled ( there was even a bicycle present which is Villi's big distraction). But I feel so angry that my dogs are shunned because they are a certain breed.
Guess I just feel sad.