I truly believe that all Dogs Deserve Freedom. That means that every dog has the right to be free and in order to make this happen, all dog owners have the responsibility to properly prepare, train and educate their dogs to give them that freedom.
I went to Woofstock this weekend. Not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing. My head almost exploded with all the crap I saw. I don't even know where to start! I start thinking about something I saw and I can't even type it out fast enough. After careful deliberation, I believe the best place to start is this ...
I can't begin to tell you how much of this I saw. Do you think that people picked it up?? Not a chance. Granted, there were some good dog owners there this weekend who were picking it up, but sometimes the few ruin it for the many. By the end of Sunday the streets smelled like dog feces and urine. There were dog shit piles every 6 feet or so, making it difficult to walk, look at booths and keep an eye out for land-mines at the same time. It was disgusting. A good way to ensure I NEVER move to the city.
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Don't even get me started on this. The dog pictured here is not impaired in any way. The woman in the picture has unfortunately fulfilled a need that has gone empty in her life by doing this. Do you really think the dog wants to hang like that? Don't you think the dog would rater be WALKING?! IMHO, she should go get a stuffed animal to fill that hole.
And then there was this. I can't believe how many people have dog-strollers. Oftentimes, the dogs in the strollers were aggressively barking and lunging at other dogs in the area. The owners would coo and tell their "snookie-poo to stop being mean to the other doggie" while patting it soothingly. Dumbass.
There were the hats ...
... Coats ...
And even "the pink"!
I don't mind the hats, coats and pink. Some people even had their dogs painted to look like things. I do mind the strollers, purses and backpacks ... but there are other, even more sinister things at Woofstock 2010 this year. One of these things was this ...
Sorry for the poor photo but I snapped this super fast and didn't take time to set up. I wanted to catch it in action. The dog in the above photo was lunging, growling and barking aggressively at another dog. (The other dog walked by with its owner.) The owner of the dog above tried to control the situation by pushing down on the dog's backside while drawing upwards on the leash (and therefore tightening the choke chain). This dog repeated the same behviour three times before the owner picked up the dog, held it to his chest and talked soothingly to it (are we seeing a pattern here?).
That one wasn't the only instance ... I saw a big rottweiler (intact male) who must have been over 100 lbs. He was being walked by a young Chinese lady who might have been 75 lbs SOAKING WET. He attacked another dog (who was also an intact male) while she was looking at dog cookies and the other dog's owner was looking at a photography booth. I wish I had had time to take a picture but I was busy rusing in to help the young lady ... she was literally being dragged across the sidewalk by the rotti. He was WAY too much dog for her to handle.
The moral of the story?? Stop treating your dogs like they are your children and let them experience the cool things that are part and parcel of being a dog. Most importantly ... TRAIN YOUR DOGS and PICK UP AFTER THEM!
I have a few more photos to share with you over the next few days including a few GTBs!