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Muzzle This! An Answer to “Needing Common Sense Dog Laws”

I came across an article recently while perusing Yahoo’s newsfeed. Now, usually I scroll right past this type of story because they’re just plain wrong. The stories either don’t report facts correctly, or just don’t report facts at all. And quite frankly I don’t want my newsfeed to start feeding me a whole bunch of nonsense stories, and then I’d have to find a new homepage. (What a drag!) However, the title of this particular story caught my eye. Entitled “Read on: Maybe we need common-sense dog laws,” I was intrigued. I thought maybe this article would introduce something new, something more than erroneous facts, gross stereotypes, and terrible generalizations. Unfortunately, I was wrong.

You see, I don’t like reading stories about Pit Bull attacks. And no, it’s not to try and ignore or disillusion myself, but it’s because a LARGE MAJORITY of the stories are wrong. The dog is not a Pit Bull, not even some sort of mix, the “attack” wasn’t some senseless act of violence, but provoked, and the story always likes to report made up facts about Pit Bull attacks that just get me angry. I also don’t want to be giving any attention to these types of stories, because it only helps them to gain traction, and that is something I refuse to do. But like I said, this story’s title caught my eye, so against my better judgement I clicked to read.

Was I genuinely surprised and tickled? Nope.

In fact, the author describes a beautiful day with his beautiful dog that is viciously attacked by, you guessed it, a Pit Bull. How does he know it was a Pit Bull, because his son who was actually present during the attack says so. The author himself wasn’t present, but sharing his two cents anyway. Those two cents go on to say that because some other places have enacted terrible discriminatory practices known as Breed Specific Legislation that all places should as well in order to stop terrible attacks that have left his dog unable to leave the house now. In fact, his suggestion is that all Pit Bulls should now have to be leashed whenever outside of their homes, on a short leash, and with muzzles on. All because one dog attacked his precious little pooch.

Well, you know what? I’ve got a suggestion for him too. Let’s muzzle Chihuahuas. How about little white Terriers? Pomeranians? Cats? Because every single one of these types of animals have attacked my two big and bad Pit Bulls, making them bleed, leaving scratches on their legs and faces, leaving us running into the middle of traffic to get away from them while careless owners stood on watching. And we haven’t been attacked once, twice, not even just three times in the four years we’ve had dogs. Nope. We’re lucky if our dogs only get attacked once a week. Once a week! This guy gets attacked once and suddenly he’s fighting to muzzle an entire breed! I can’t EVEN!

And before it gets asked, yes, I’ve had to fight off all these animals from my dogs. I’ve gotten scratched, bruised, bloodied, and pushed down. I’ve yelled at poop-shamers, and I’ve fended off Golden Retrievers and Labradors. I’ve had to fight off terrible people trying their best to get my dogs to attack them just so they can have something to boohoo about. I’ve protected my dogs and made sure the general public is protected every time I bring Simon and Rosee outside of the house.

So . . .

You want to muzzle someone or something? How about the people that think to fix one we have to punish all? How about the people who think their dog is somehow more important than another? How about the people that spew ignorance and hate? Because people who do these things are not helping to fix the actual problem that exists in society, but in fact are only creating new ones that impact people who are not even at fault.

My dogs should not have to walk around with muzzles on because of one set of irresponsible dog owners. My dogs should not be attacked by any other dog because of irresponsible dog owners. My dogs should not be subjected to irresponsible dog owners, period.

And neither should any other dog. An owner and a dog should be able to go on a nice, enjoyable walk in their neighborhood, at a park, or wherever they choose to go, without being subject to irresponsible owners and their untrained dogs. How does this happen? By enforcing leash laws and putting an end to illegal practices like backyard breeding and dog fighting. If leash laws were enforced then dogs wouldn’t be let loose in public places. It is usually the rules in cities and counties that when out in public, even in an owner’s front yard if not fenced in, dogs should be leashed, on a leash no longer than about six feet. Instead of being able to run at unsuspecting things, ALL dogs would be kept under control and their owners would be forced to take responsibility for them if leash laws were actually enforced. A novel idea, right?

Or how about stopping dog fighting rings and backyard breeding? Breeding creates an influx of dogs with not enough people willing to care for them, and more dogs ending up in shelters because of it. Breeding is a big problem for Pit Bulls as they are often the ones subjected to it. Everyone wants a Pit Bull until it comes time to actually caring for one. They are a strong breed of dog, one that needs lots of exercise and attention. Simon and Rosee certainly need their daily walks, playtime, and human interaction. But not everyone can give these things to a dog, much less a Pit Bull. So, after the novelty wears off and the dog is no longer a cute little puppy, the dog either gets abandoned to the streets or left at a kill shelter.

That is if the dogs don’t end up the hands of people who want to use them to fight, which is a whole other issue I am not even ready to get into. Dog fighting is disgusting and should not be inflicted on any type of dog period. It is something that needs to be taken more seriously by society in general and stopped immediately, with harsher sentences to those found responsible (looking at you Michael Vick).

But muzzling one breed? That is clearly not the answer. So please, think before your write.

And for the record, this is not “blowback” as you so kindly put it, author of the original article. This is common sense, just like you asked for.

You’re welcome.


The Poop Is Not On My Face

“Leave my dog’s butt out of this!”

There’s this crazy phenomenon going around. I’m not sure if it’s new or not. Maybe it’s just relatively new to me. I say relatively because I was introduced to it quite a while ago, but passed it off as a singular event because it has not been repeated . . . until this past weekend that is.

It goes like this.

You’re on a lively walk with your dog. He or she is behaving wonderfully. You look before you cross the street. You pass by friendly people who comment on your good dog. You feel good. All of a sudden your dog performs a normal bodily function. He or she poops. You take it in stride, pull out your disposable plastic bag, turn it inside out over your hand, and set to bend over to pick up the mess. Unfortunately, that’s when the poop HITS THE FAN!

What do I mean?

Well, a ne’er do well human being passing by takes it upon themselves to perform their self-imposed “civic” duty and yell at you to “Pick up the poop!”

That’s right people. Poop-shaming is alive, and it’s real.

It’s happened quite a few times when Theresa and I have taken Simon and Rosee out on their daily walks with people from inside their houses and driving in cars passing by taking it upon themselves to tell us what to do with our dogs’ output, despite the fact that we are already taking care of the problem.

And it’s not like our dogs are relieving themselves on someone’s well-maintained, pristine bed of crisp green blades. They go in public parks, in street gutters, and in empty desolate fields that are scattered around our hometown. Theresa and I are always very careful to make sure that Simon and Rosee go in places that don’t disturb the people around us. And considering all of the “waste” left in our public parks for weeks, you know until the city gardeners come and clean everything up, I feel pretty good about the way in which our dogs “go” in this world.

It’s just other people that don’t feel so great about it, unfortunately, and decide to impose their will on us otherwise unsuspecting good people.

Poop-shaming, it’s a terrible, horrible, no good thing.

Take last weekend’s jaunt for example. We are walking past an EMPTY field (one, mind you, that is already full of dirt, weeds, and every other piece of trash that exists—and is one that the City cleans up every few months or so) when Simon decided he needed to relieve himself. As I waited for him to finish and prepared to pick everything up, plastic bag already overturned on my hand, a lady pulled up in her car and decided I needed more “motivation.” She yelled not once, but twice to “Pick up the poop!” She proceeded to sit in her car and stare at me for a good few minutes. I refused to do anything with her creepily watching me, but after she yelled the second time and I actually heard exactly what she said you better believe I started walking towards her car asking her what was wrong with her?!?! Of course she took the coward’s way out and drove off as fast as she could. You know, so she didn’t actually have to deal with the consequences of her mean action, she just left that for me. Lucky me, right?

So, if my general audience doesn’t mind me taking a few lines to address all the poop-shamers out there. If you feel the need to poop-shame me, then do me a favor. One: Don’t yell at me. Two: Don’t yell at me. If I see my dog poop and walk away from it without doing anything, go ahead, say something, if only to put your mind at ease and feel like you did something productive during the day. But when I’m being a responsible pet owner, with a plastic bag on my hand, bending over to scrap the ground of excrement then DON’T YELL AT ME!

I have absolutely NO PROBLEM walking right up to you and telling you exactly how much better my dog’s poop smells than the vitriol you are spitting out at me at the moment.

You’re so-called civic duty is being wasted and I would hate to take that away from anybody else. Because, as of right now the poop is not on my face.


Whew! Thanks for that. Sometimes you’ve just got to let it out.

Anyway, for those of you who have ever been shamed or might be shamed don’t worry. It’s their problem, not yours. You know you are a responsible pet owner, so don’t let others three second judgments get you down. Ignore them, and keep on walking. I know, I know easier said than done, but it is so not worth getting a stomachache over a complete stranger, especially when you’ve got an excited and happy pup that has already moved on.

Learn from me! And don’t accept poop-shaming!

Pawndered Thought: June 1, 2016

I am Pit Bull.

Hear me . . . snore!

(Seriously, she could do this all day.)


Pawndered Thought: May 25, 2016

Evidently Rosee’s face got in the way of Simon’s “stream” (if you catch my meaning)…


So, yeah, that happened.


Pawndered Thought: May 24, 2016

She hates it when blades of grass get too fresh with her.

They need to be cut down immediately.


(Good thing she was a goat in a past life.)


Pawndered Thought: February 18, 2016

This is not the dog you’re looking for. She is not the one that needs a bath.

She says while waving her bath glove in my face.

(I should have never let her watch Star Wars.)



Four Fool-proof Ways to Slay Dragons and Make Friends

In a common occurrence way that can only otherwise be described as widespread foolishness, walks around my neighborhood with my energetic pups are never completely successful until we have a tally of at least one person or group of people giving us dirty looks and sometimes making hurtful comments. I suppose it is these people’s way of conveying the publicly accepted (and expected) condemnation of us committing the ultimate sin: taking our Pit Bulls out of their prison (house) and setting them on an unsuspecting public. Yikes! So, to combat the dirty looks, nasty comments, and just general meanness that can be encountered when deciding to share your own lovable pup (Pit Bull or any other breed) I have developed four fool-proof ways of slaying these pesky “dragons” and possibly turning them into friendly townsfolk. Feel free to mold and use to your own devices.

1. Artic Glaciers Ain’t Got Nothing On Me: Glare. Glare like it’s going out of style. Glare like it’s the only expression your face knows how to twist into. I know it may seem a little mean and as if you are stooping down to the dragon’s level, but sometimes you need a non-confrontational way of letting someone know that their behavior is not appropriate or accepted. Glaring works. Glaring makes me feel better, like I am the bigger person who got the last word in because I didn’t even say one, just used the power of my stare. It’s a powerful thing.

2. Walk On By: Feeling non-confrontational? Simply don’t care how other people react to your beloved pooch? Good for you. You have reached a level of confidence that I find is attainable for myself on some days, others not so much (which is where #1 comes in handy to have in my repertoire). You are able to just walk on by (don’t stop), walk on by (don’t stop), walk on by (don’t stop)—Oldies but goodies am I right? Anyway, if you truly want to feel like the biggest bigger person who has no time for detracting dragons and their superficial stereotypical beliefs and actions then this way of reacting is for you. Walking by without recognition is the ultimate way of showing another that their actions do not matter, that you are taking your dog for a walk so they need to just deal!

3. Make It Snappy, Comeback Style: Since not all of us humans living on this Earth are so well-equipped with high-rise level confidence and unshakeable maturity that #2 might require (points to self) then there is option #3. Speak up! If someone’s dissing your dog or frowning at your fur-ball then say something. I’ll never forget this one incident when a terrible woman kept harassing me and Theresa when we were at a local park with our dogs. Theresa finally put an end to this woman’s bullying by firing back at her. The woman certainly did not seem to expect this and quickly turned tail. (Read the full story here.) The fact is you are an advocate for your dog, Pit Bull or not. If you feel as if someone needs some correcting in their beliefs and behavior then say something. I’m not saying to obnoxiously push your views onto others, but when people are being truly awful to me simply because I am walking my Pit Bull down the street then something needs to be said. And trust me, slaying your dragons with a well-spoken comeback does wonders to boost one’s confidence in a totally healthy and magnanimous way.

4. Model Behavior: Of course, the best way to truly silence the roaring of dragons and end their reign of terror once and for all is to model good behavior. The best revenge is a life well lived. So, when I am out on a walk with Rosee by my side directing her thousand watt grin at those that would cower away, I simply smile along with her, wish them a “Good morning!” and give Rosee a treat for a job well done. You never know, this could be your otherworldly magic casting its spell to transform said dragons into the respectable human beings they are more than capable of being.

You go brave knights!