Chilly but lovely sunny day here today. So Kipawa and I went to the off leash park. Just a matter of time, I told myself. Sooner or later we will meet a snarky dog…
An older lady (70ish) had a smooth coat fox terrier mix with her. Kipawa was enjoying playing with it - he gave the dog his 'chase me, chase me' movements, and the two of them played. However, I was keeping my eye on her dog as his body language was off. I just didn't trust him.
Then it happened - a few yelps from Kipawa. I immediately began moving towards the two of them, the fox terrier trying to nosh on Kipawa. It was not fun play, he had turned very nasty. I tried calling Kipawa, but he would not come. He was trying to defend himself. I remembered conversation on here saying not to pick up your dog when this is happening, so I wedged my rubber boot between the two of them, giving Kipawa some space. I 'claimed' Kipawa long enough that the other dog settled down, then I picked up Kipawa and began checking him over.
Thankfully, not a nick, but his heart was beating like crazy. I was majorly pissed off with this lady and her non-action. I walked over to her, with Kipawa in my arms. I felt like exploding, but somehow it came out fairly calmly. I told her she needed better control of her dog and should do something if her dog acts like that. What she said back to me pissed me off even more: "Well, he is a rescue. He was going to be euthanized if no one took him". I glared at her and said "and that means....?"
She mumbled something to me about not being aware her dog would do that. I asked her what history she was given about the dog. She proceeded to tell me it was from California. Like what? So I said, "are you telling me rescue dogs from California are not socialized enough to be in a dog park?"
I almost could not believe the words spilling out of my mouth, because I am the farthest thing away from a nasty person as you can get. But this dog had no place in the off leash park, and I told her so. I also told her that others might not be as understanding as me, so she really shouldn't bring the dog back until it has been socialized properly.
I could tell my little man was happy I rescued him. We watched as they walked away, the lady had a slight limp. I did feel sorry for the FT, but not at all for her. Rescue is great, but you still have to be able to handle the breed. This dog was too much for her. This woman had been thinking with her heart instead of her head when she took on this dog. The dog needs serious rehabilitation and isn't getting it.
Once they were gone I noticed all the other dogs, including Kipawa, were playing happily again. Amazing how just one unbalanced dog can effect all other dogs. The incident pooped Kipawa out. He is now sleeping in his favourite spot, with all his toys, beside the fireplace.