We finally went to the community center and got a tag that allowed Gizmo into the huge dog park adjoining the swimming pool. We had to prove that he had all his shots, etc.
Grace took Gizmo to the park, while I finished up with Marilyn, the helpful clerk. The park, which is not divided into areas for large and small dogs, was occupied by three large dogs, all of which belonged to an inept owner, whose method of controlling her pack was to say, “Oh, come on, don’t do that,” when one of her dogs attacked Gizmo.
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Her other methods included saying, “Oh, come on now, you know better than that” or “Now, be polite,” while her dogs were jumping on Gizmo’s back and biting his neck.
Grace picked up Gizmo after screaming and that eventually caused the woman to take her evil pack away.
During the drive home, I threatened to return with pepper spray for the dogs and the owner. Grace expressed a fear that I would be arrested. I then said I would take a water bottle and squirt the offending dogs or, better, pick up some stones and throw rocks at them. Grace then became more concerned about my response than the woman’s ineptitude.
So, questions: What should our response be? How should any owner protect his or her dog when he or she is attacked in a dog park? Please help us.
“Did you ever notice when you blow in a dog's face he gets mad at you? But when you take him in a car he sticks his head out the window!” Steve Bluestone