Weather's been nice and I've been less busy so Eddy and I can explore the park more often. Today a 7month old golden retreiver puppy was attacked (and bled) by an aggressive unneutered dog, I don't know what kind, maybe a mastiff/pit bull mix. The mean-dog-owner even tried to claim that it was the PUPPY that attacked the other dog. Anyways it mauled its face and we all argued about it, colorful language and all... finally the guilty party left, with no justice for the golden retreiver.. The mean-dog-owner insisted it was just a superficial wound and if the puppy had got it on its own, (?), it would probably not go to the vet. She said they were over-dramatizing it because another dog had inflicted it. (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) Everyone just wanted them to leave, so I guess we kind of lost the argument. I don't know how, it was like a dozen people against 2. It was very sad. The lady had no control over her dog, the entire time it had been attacking all the dogs. I hope the retreiver didn't learn a twisted lesson.
I know dog park etiquette is a commonly-discussed subject. So why don't more people know about it? This happens all too often at my local park. Sometimes, someone shows up with a well-known aggressive dog, and everyone else just leaves immediately. The common thread seems to be that the dog is completely deaf to its owner's commands and/OR it's an unneutered male.
A man walking his troubled german shepherd came in because he heard all the noise and yelling from outside. His adopted shepherd is super-dog-aggressive (we knew him) but he keeps him an arm's length away on an elaborate harness. He said he watched it all go down, and was wondering the whole time why that woman wasn't more like him. He wondered why people deny their pets' natures.