Dear People who tell their ill-behaved small dog, “Oh, don’t mess with that dog, he will eat you alive !” when you pass by us on a walk,
I’m afraid that one more comment or joke about how my dog could eat/kill/maim your dog will send me over the edge. Truly, I might lose my shit. You know who you are–that person who with a yappy out-of-control little dog lunging at the end of his leash and barking frenetically at us while my dog walks calmly by. I’m not quite sure what about my chill dog who literally hasn’t even acknowledged your dog’s existence screams “I’m gonna eatcha!”, but alas, the words seem to spew of your mouth with some regularity.
Just because my dog is large, or of a certain breed, does not mean that he is looking at your precious pup like a slab of delicious bacon. In fact, I’m actually the one trying to get away from your miniature hell-beast before it nips my big guy’s ankles. Here’s the thing–my dog really doesn’t care about your dog, and frankly, even if he did, I’m responsible enough to make sure he doesn’t defend himself from your dog’s frantic behavior.
Look, I am sure some of you are joking when you say such things, but I’m pretty sure many of you aren’t. Either way, it is super annoying and really not that funny. If it were my dog misbehaving on the end of the leash and releasing the kraken on your dog, I am pretty sure you would be upset and wouldn’t find it funny, so I’m not entirely sure why I am supposed to laugh at your lame joke.
If you are someone who has said something like this before, please just stop. Instead of laughing at the situation or making some lame comment, might I suggest (gasp) actually working with your dog to curb him of his bad behavior? Ill-behaved dogs of any size are not cute, and neither are their owners who make light of it.