Sorry to keep venting today, but we've had a bad week at the dog park this week with all the hormones running wild.
Today I took the kids to a park that is a little further away & we don't go to frequently. We were there about 5 minutes when a woman walks up with 3 LARGE dogs on leash, completely out of control, pulling her. She also has a very small puppy in her arms, prompting several people to offer to come out of the park & help her in (although nobody is allowed to bring in more than 3 dogs at a time). I kept a close eye on Booger after our incident earlier this week, and noticed him mounting a dog. To my horror, I noticed he was intending business, not just dominance stuff. I looked closer & the mountee was a female!!! I grabbed Booger & went to find the owner.
Me: Excuse me ma'am, is that your female with the red collar?
Me: Over there, by the water fountain.
Her: (Searching for her dog, oblivious to its whereabouts) Oh, yea that's mine.
Me: Um, is she fixed?
Her: Um no
Me: Uh is she possibly in heat?
Me: Oh well its just that my male is trying to mount her & I was afraid he might accomplish something.
Her: She's not in heat! And mounting is just what dogs do.
Me: Oh okay, um, sorry I just would hate to end up with accidental puppies.
Her: Well she's not in heat!
I apologized & walked away, keeping Booger under a VERY close eye. At that point, she seemed to take notice that she was in a dog park with dogs & decided to actually keep an eye on her dog for a minute. When Booger approached again, she pushed him away (gently fortunately). I had to leash Booger & tried to walk him to another area, but finally gave up & came home. Grrr. If I had had a tissue I would have blotted her dog to make sure.
I just couldn't believe she had an un-altered female at the park & wasn't at all concerned that male dogs (Booger wasn't the only interested male) were attempting to mount it!!! I was more concerned than she, and I certainly would not have had to go through the pregnancy, vet visits, birth, homing in bad economy, etc…. (unless I was just a really really responsible person who felt it was the right thing to do) But she doesn't know if I am or not.