We took Ozzy, our pit bull, to the vet yesterday. Despite the fact that he is perceived to be an aggressive breed, he is such a softie. I really shouldn’t let it get to me, but when people drag their children and animals away in horror when they see him, it really upsets me. My heart broke a little yesterday when an older woman came in with her old-ish labrador and practically dragged her pet across the floor by her leash when she wanted to come and say hello to Oz.
Oz was so excited to see a friendly dog face and he was keen to say hello. But this woman said in a rather loud stage whisper, “No, not near that dog.” I felt so offended by her obvious dislike of my dog who was sitting quietly, smelling all the smells and just being his general friendly self. And she said it with such judgement and contempt that I felt like verbally lashing out at her and telling her off. But I didn’t.
Trust me when I tell you, the most dangerous thing about our dog is his toxic farts. He loves children and snuggling, is a lover of raw pasta and hogs the blankets like a pro. I’ve been sick for the past week and he has followed me around like a shadow and has barely left my side. Granted, he does try and eat the snotty tissues (which is kind of gross) but he is just such a good, loyal dog. And I wish that everyone can see him for what he is, as opposed to thinking he is some aggressive killer just waiting for an opportunity to rip another living being to shreds.
I know I shouldn’t take offense to this woman’s ignorance, but I do. I really wish that people would be more open to judging an animal on a one-on-one basis. When you see a pit bull, try not to judge the whole breed because of what is sensationalised in the media. I am all for having a healthy respect for dogs you don’t know, not approaching a dog you don’t know, etc. But you don’t have to be an a$$hole about it.