He's gonna GIT you!

Jun 6, 2008

The dog knew her owner's shame.
Originally uploaded by zen
Last night giving bailey her evening constitutional, i walked down past a house where a young mom and a little girl were doing nothing out in front of their house. When the five year old girl noticed the dog she said something that excitedly translates to "Doggy!" They were both 40 feet off the roadway and i have miss Bailey Grace WaggaTaily on a leash and in no way was threatening to either the girl or the mom. Besides, Bailey isn't much interested in people on our walks; she's busy sniffing out rodent demographics, keeping a tally of rats, mice, groundhogs smells and their intensities.

The mom seemed to scowl at the childs interest and excitement. "Doggy!" she repeated to her mom. Mom replied in a quiet, ominous tone - "He's gonna GIT you!"

The child's eyes widened and she widened her stance and watched a bit more carefully our passing and then trundled closer to mom with just a hint of alarm. She wanted to be picked up which the mom refused to do.

Now, it may be that Mom had been attacked by dogs and wanted to instil caution. But the way the transaction went down it seemed more likely that Mom adored the child's reliance on her, her power over her and a reinforcement of the bond between them, using the largeness and potential scariness of the world to draw her child closer. From my point of view in an unthreatening stance it just seemed mean. Not so much to me and the inattentive dog but mean to the child. Playfully mean.


Not very nice at all! Mom was probably very lazy and didn't want to take the time to make it a positive learning experience about animals. Oh I LOVE Riley to meet doggies. We have to make sure they are nice doggies first but their owners let us know of that. 99% are sweeties and Riley has a blast. Let's hope she has a positive influence in her life that will offset any negatives.

Jessica said...
June 9, 2008 at 6:34 PM  

yah, your dog is really scary zen!

I have seen scarier hamsters


June 22, 2008 at 7:56 PM  

Nice. There are some prizewinning parents out there. Stuff like this really upsets me.

mygothlaundry said...
June 27, 2008 at 1:58 PM  

I was at the house of my wife's uncle on the fourth for a short time and was reminded of your dog story, zen. Read here.

There are so many idiot parents in the world. Ironic how human intelligence has made it easier for the weaker minded of our species to live long enough to procreate. I imagine in darker times, this woman would have choked to death on a clod of dirt before she reached puberty.

Brant said...
July 4, 2008 at 10:07 PM  

that picture of your doggy is beautiful!!

Gianna said...
July 12, 2008 at 9:35 PM  

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