She was out in the desert with her father once. This was before me. A young annoying chihuahua kept coming over to her tent and yipping at her aggressively. Her tent- the one she was sitting innocently in and trying to take a much needed nap. The other dog wouldn't shut up. He was getting closer, he was in her territory. He was a.n.n.o.y.i.n.g. So, she snatched him up in her jaws and ran out to the desert with him. Seriously. No, she didn't eat him or kill him. She didn't have time to. My long legged boyfriend ran after her. The dog was shaken but uninjured. The dog sort of deserved it.
Look at those teeth.
Anyhow- My grump for today. We never let the dog off her leash when she is not in her home or backyard. She is sent to the backyard when we open the garage. We know her tendencies. Even if she listens to her family when we tell her to sit or say no, we still know she is a dog and works on natural urges.
When I walk her, almost everytime I walk her, I have to deal with other people's dogs. "Oh- don't worry- she's friendly", the dog's parents say. "Yeah", I retort, "but my dog might eat her". I laugh.
I know, I know- I used to let my pretty other dog Ellie out without a leash. She'd calmly shadow me throughout the day and I felt no need to leash her if I was just going to the garage to do laundry. She was a good dog after all. But I sort of learned my lesson the day my good dog took off down the street to make friends with someone else's not so good dog. The not so good dog just snarled luckily, because while trying to catch Ellie, I tweaked my tendon in my ankle and couldn't move because it had swollen to basketball size! Luckily, Ellie knew she was not the dominant one, ever, and showed her belly.
My stepdogger, Noli, is a different story. Someday, when your sweet innocent dog comes to make friends annoyingly, your dog might not realize that Noli is boss. And Noli will show her who is boss. I'm not saying Noli is violent or aggressive. She isn't. I'd let a baby ride her. She is just an alpha female. And she might not take too kindly to annoying dogs trying to make friends with her.
She hasn't hurt anyone so far. She whines and makes friendly noises every night when the neighbors unleashed dogs bound out of the house to make friends with her. I'm not making friendly noises in my head. I can't control a dog fight. I'd rather avoid the chance of one altogether. I can barely walk around the block with my still healing broken leg. Can't you just keep your dog locked up? I know yours is friendly. Mine is too (most of the time). But I'd still rather not take any chances. OKAY?