Columnist Amy Dickinson (Bill Hogan/Chicago Tribune)
DEAR AMY: I always enjoy and appreciate your advocacy for animals, namely rescue dogs.
I want to give a sort of “PSA” to the dog-owning community at large.
Many well-meaning owners who have had their dogs since puppyhood assume that all dogs are friendly and want to play with each other.
In a perfect world this would be the case and I would love it, but unfortunately many dogs (and other animals) have gone through trauma that causes them to act out. My own dog, when approached by another dog, is likely to try to attack, no matter the circumstances.
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I am a responsible dog owner and we are in professional training to work on these issues. We also avoid situations like this whenever possible. But when a naive dog owner insists on approaching us with their dog, even as I yell, “No, no, no, he’s not friendly!” it really puts me in a tough spot!
I have no trouble coming off as rude by turning around and walking/running the other way, but we have actually been cornered a couple of times, even as I warned them to stay away.
Dog parents, your heart is in the right place, but please remember that some dogs have troubled pasts and are not safe when they are frightened.
DEAR MAMA: Thank you to all of the loving humans who offer rescue animals their forever-homes.
I hear you, regarding the challenges of acclimating a traumatized dog when other humans disregard your warnings.
Furthermore, loving dog owners, please don’t approach my young (possibly nervous or frightened) children with your …
Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle