I take Sky for a walk everyday at a neighborhood park and then, time permitting, we stop at the dog park for a friendly romp and a play. I guess I just love my dog so much that I cannot comprehend other owners who are not as caring or observant of their dogs--especially at dog parks.
So yesterday, while Sky and I are playing fetch, a Lab and a Beagle (both males) are playing and wrestling right in front of me. I know the beagle from previous times at the dog park, he is a rescue dog, overweight, submissive, and so unbelievably sweet. This was the first time I had seen the Lab and its owner. Well in the midst of playing the Lab begins mounting and humping the Beagle who is then trying to disentangle itself from the dog. But the Lab keeps following the Beagle and humping it and since its right at my feet I nudge the Lab off so he'll stop doing that; I mean I would not want that Lab doing it to Sky.
The owner, who is just sitting on the bench in the shade watching it go down goes, "Oh its ok, they're both males." I respond, "Yeah, but you don't want him humping the other dog." The owner says, "Yeah but its a dominant thing, so its ok."
I'm shocked at his response and reply, "Well I wouldn't want your dog humping mine." He doesn't respond and allows his dog to go to town on the poor Beagle. Since Sky is standing there watching I decide its time to leave the park. No need to be in a park with owners who just don't really care. Sky has been in situations where a more dominant dog fixated on him which led to Sky getting hurt, so now I follow the rule that when I'm uncomfortable its time to leave and take the fun somewhere else.
Regardless, Sky seemed pretty content from his few hours of walking and playing fetch with the friendlier dogs and zonked out when we got home. At least someones happy. ^_^