At the park, the dog was in the middle of his duty when I dropped the leash handle. The button wasn’t locked, and the reel quickly pulled in the lead. The plastic handle bounced along the ground before smacking him in the left leg, sending him scurrying. I apologized, but the look in his eye said he didn’t believe me. Later, he finished the job, keeping me in sight the whole time.
In the past few years, about once a year in America a dog shoots its owner.
For example, in Indiana a few years ago a lady came back from hunting and put down a loaded shotgun on the ground with the safety off.
Her dog stepped on the gun, pressed the trigger and shot a shotgun blast into the lady’s foot.
In New Zealand, a guy was jumping into the front seat of his four wheel drive.
The dog jumped into the backseat where, that’s right, there was a loaded rifle.
Dog steps on the trigger.
The gun goes off, shoots a bullet through the driver’s seat into the guy’s buttocks. Which he described at the time as “extreme pain.”
Yeah, I don’t have any doubt that that.
Oh my, goodness, what is going on?
Well, of course, experts say that most of these situations are all accidents.
Isn’t there a possibility that some of these dogs just see an opportunity to get back at their crazy owners.
Like for example have you ever been walking your dog outside, maybe along the sidewalk in the neighborhood and you don’t give him a chance to sniff the ground?
They like to stop, you know. It’s so slow walking your dog when they stop every six feet to sniff the ground — investigating a small 12 by 12 inch area for five minutes.
What are they doing? What kind of information are they gathering with this sniffing?
But, of course, that’s how a dog explores its world.
It’s not through his eyes.
It’s not through his ears.
Those are all factors but mostly through his nose.
His sense of smell is a million times stronger than yours.
But do you take the time to let him do his thing and look around his neighborhood through his nose?
No! You yank on his collar, yank on the leash.
Because you have to get home for Game of Thrones.
This poor dog is trying to enjoy the walk. And the way they do it is by sniffing every square inch for four or five or ten blocks. It’s gonna take some time, but you don’t have time. You’re a busy person, so you yank on the collar, you yank on the leash. Because you have to get back because Walking Dead is starting.
Now if you are the dog, that’s gonna aggravate you. Day after day, week after week, month after month.
Yank on the collar.
And I’m just saying maybe some of these dogs are sending a message.
That’s all I’m saying.
I’m not saying it’s real. I’m not saying it’s happening.
I’m saying it’s a possibility.
And so my advice to you is treat your dog right.
Don’t dress them up as a bumblebee at the parade.
Give him a chance to sniff the ground on the walk.
You may be late for Game of Thrones. Don’t you record those shows? Can you just watch it later?
I’m just saying keep an eye peeled on your dog.
You don’t know what they’re thinking. I’ve never had a dog share their feelings with me. I’ve never had a dog vocalize what they were thinking.
So be careful out there gun owners.
Because your dog might just be waiting for the right opportunity.
Mr. Dog-Park-Lazy-Leash is a crazy guy at the dog park who lets his dog run free, but doesn’t take the leash off. I can hear him saying, “I like my dog to run free as nature intended. But I’m too lazy to take the leash off. I’ll just have to re-attach it later. Frankly, I’ve got better things to do.”
Meanwhile the leash is flying around, hitting everything in a 5-foot circle around his dog: People, kids, other dogs.