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Idiots that are terrified of sweet dogs bug me....

Locust ForkLocust Fork Member, Moderator Posts: 29,936 ******
edited March 2009 in General Discussion
I bring Jack with me to the store.....he is 12 weeks old and just a giant baby. He wants to greet everyone. I'm trying to get him to stop jumping up on people, but it takes time. My "pet peave" lately has been the REDICULOUS people who are thrown off when they see him. He comes romping around the counter.....obviously a goofy, tounge dangling, happy thing that is just a fuzzy ball of LUV....and these people completely FREAK OUT!

They stiffen up....gasp for air.....yell out DOG DOG DOG....(and the very worst thing of all)....RUN, because that causes Jack to run after them because they are now playing with him even if they didn't mean to. Its usually black females....but from time to time its a guy. These people aggrivate me sooooo much because of how silly they are. I understand (very little, but I do understand) that phobias are hard to deal with....but Jack, for real, how could anyone be afraid of him!!!!
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  • bamafanbamafan Member Posts: 4,011
    edited November -1
    I forget. What kind of dog do you have?
  • joshmb1982joshmb1982 Member Posts: 8,929
    edited November -1
    what kind of dog? its all part of how society is these days. youll see s grown man running from a chiwaha[?](little mexican dogs[:D]) people are scared of everything any more.
  • Colonel PlinkColonel Plink Member Posts: 16,460
    edited November -1
    My mother-in-law was terrified of pictures of my dog, when the dog was a pup. Check my profile and you'll see what frightened her so badly.

    Once she got to know the dog, she warmed right up.

    Right now, Sophie (the dog) is a year old, 45 pounds and just under two feet tall at the withers. I get a lot of comments on her, but none of 'em are "eek!"
  • bamafanbamafan Member Posts: 4,011
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by Colonel Plink
    My mother-in-law was terrified of pictures of my dog, when the dog was a pup. Check my profile and you'll see what frightened her so badly.

    Once she got to know the dog, she warmed right up.

    Right now, Sophie (the dog) is a year old, 45 pounds and just under two feet tall at the withers. I get a lot of comments on her, but none of 'em are "eek!"



    Colonel, that a husky? My sister in law just got one. Tan color. I didn't think it was a good idea, due to the hot weather we have here in SE Louisiana.
  • joshmb1982joshmb1982 Member Posts: 8,929
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by Colonel Plink
    My mother-in-law was terrified of pictures of my dog, when the dog was a pup. Check my profile and you'll see what frightened her so badly.

    Once she got to know the dog, she warmed right up.

    Right now, Sophie (the dog) is a year old, 45 pounds and just under two feet tall at the withers. I get a lot of comments on her, but none of 'em are "eek!"


    now thats a funny looking dog (in the picture anyway)[:D] looks like she was on high alert about something. what was she looking at?
  • Locust ForkLocust Fork Member, Moderator Posts: 29,936 ******
    edited November -1
    Jack.....

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  • joshmb1982joshmb1982 Member Posts: 8,929
    edited November -1
    mighty fine guard dog you gave there[:D] seriously how could anyone be scared of a lab? let alone a pup. if it didnt hurt your buisness to much id say that should disqualify these people from buying a gun. seriously. if they are that scared of a pupy what are they gonna do when the hear a bump in the night at home? grab their gun run down stairs and shoot anything that makes a noise or moves.
  • Colonel PlinkColonel Plink Member Posts: 16,460
    edited November -1
    bama: That is indeed a pure-dee Siberian Husky.

    josh: She's just a glamour-hound. Get the camera out and she strikes a pose. I think my wife was standing behind me, though, when that pic was snapped.

    Locust: That is a gorgeous beast. If people are afraid of a dog like that, maybe they shouldn't have guns[:D]
  • Locust ForkLocust Fork Member, Moderator Posts: 29,936 ******
    edited November -1
    I've been taking him with me because I like the idea of having him with me. He actually MAKES me take a break.....because I have to take care of him. I'm one that tends to overwork myself on a regular basis, so having that break is nice. Plus, he is just the best little guy. He has WAY more friends now that everyone has gotten used to seeing him there.

    I don't handle the "freaks" as well as I should. I just think they are too silly to take seriously. AND....the whole "customers happy" idea is just thrown out the door if I think you are an idiot. I can't stand idiots and just don't have what it takes to put a good face foreward for them.
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  • crash2usafcrash2usaf Member Posts: 4,094
    edited November -1
    Dogs that weigh over 150lbs give me pause, then after a short pause it has been my general experience that they insist on a good butt scratching.. Now LF don't feel bad I have a 90+ lb newfoundland/pyrenees mix, and when some folks mostly of African american persuasion see her they back away quickly and the sad part is that half the time she aint even paying any attention to them.. Again the attention she seeks is what all women want-- a good butt scratching or so i have been told


    PS the store looks much better with the fuzzy decoration... I would prefer my local gun shop be equipped with a dozy dog
  • Colonel PlinkColonel Plink Member Posts: 16,460
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by Locust Fork
    I've been taking him with me because I like the idea of having him with me. He actually MAKES me take a break.....because I have to take care of him. I'm one that tends to overwork myself on a regular basis, so having that break is nice. Plus, he is just the best little guy. He has WAY more friends now that everyone has gotten used to seeing him there.

    I don't handle the "freaks" as well as I should. I just think they are too silly to take seriously. AND....the whole "customers happy" idea is just thrown out the door if I think you are an idiot. I can't stand idiots and just don't have what it takes to put a good face foreward for them.


    If I walk into a store and there's a dog laying around, I immediately feel like spending more time (and money) there. I just think it feels warmer, more relaxed and homier.

    Or homlier, if it's a bulldog[:D]
  • crash2usafcrash2usaf Member Posts: 4,094
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by Colonel Plink
    quote:Originally posted by Locust Fork
    I've been taking him with me because I like the idea of having him with me. He actually MAKES me take a break.....because I have to take care of him. I'm one that tends to overwork myself on a regular basis, so having that break is nice. Plus, he is just the best little guy. He has WAY more friends now that everyone has gotten used to seeing him there.

    I don't handle the "freaks" as well as I should. I just think they are too silly to take seriously. AND....the whole "customers happy" idea is just thrown out the door if I think you are an idiot. I can't stand idiots and just don't have what it takes to put a good face foreward for them.


    If I walk into a store and there's a dog laying around, I immediately feel like spending more time (and money) there. I just think it feels warmer, more relaxed and homier.

    Or homlier, if it's a bulldog[:D]


    Amen I get tired of the namby pamby no dogs allowed rules Nearly as irritating as the gun laws-except in Europe folks dont seem to care where you take your dog as long as it is well behaved..
  • asphalt cowboyasphalt cowboy Member Posts: 8,572 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Most peoples fears are odd, unrealistic really. For some it is very real, terrifying actually. Most folks find it hard to believe I had been attacked by a large dog when I was 6.

    If you want interesting reactions, try walking one of these fellows on a public sidewalk. I've had people cross the street in order to avoid us.

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  • Colonel PlinkColonel Plink Member Posts: 16,460
    edited November -1
    The only problem I would have with the Irish Wolfhound is their lifespan. Isn't it something like 8-10 years? I think it'd be difficult parting with them so often. Beautiful hounds.


    quote:Originally posted by asphalt cowboy
    Most peoples fears are odd, unrealistic really. For some it is very real, terrifying actually. Most folks find it hard to believe I had been attacked by a large dog when I was 6.

    If you want interesting reactions, try walking one of these fellows on a public sidewalk. I've had people cross the street in order to avoid us.

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  • Tech141Tech141 Member Posts: 3,744 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Very Cute Pup!
  • remingtonoaksremingtonoaks Member Posts: 27,192
    edited November -1
    Sorry... I love dogs.. And would romp and play with him...He looks like we'd get along... But then I had a G/F that if she was within 5 feet of a dog.. would be so sick for 3-4 days that she couldn't get out of bed..... CONTROL YOUR DOG AND HAVE RESPECT......SHEEEESH... AND STOP BEING AN IDIOT THINKING ALL ARE LIKE YOU and I.. JMO
  • kristovkristov Member Posts: 6,633
    edited November -1
    While I agree that the dog looks harmless and friendly and I am sure that he would not even harm a flea on his butt, the fact is that there are people who either just don't like having dogs (or cats or kids) around them or they are flat out afraid of dogs. For many years here in Newport Beach there was a small mom and pop market down on the peninsula with a golden retriever that lounged around outside. I moved to Newport in 1990 and the dog, who was a freindly as any dog could ever be, was already there when I moved here and he remained at the market until he died in 2004. No one could even tell you the name of the market, it was simply "That store with the dog out front". My barber was next door so I saw the dog every month...along with thousands of other people during the summer tourist months. The dog became a local celebrity, was featured in our local news paper and when the market changed hands last year there was talk of putting a bronzed dog statue in front of the store in memory of the dog (I'm not joking). While your dog may yet become the same type of local fixture, don't be too tough on the folks who may not see dogs in the same light as you do.
  • asphalt cowboyasphalt cowboy Member Posts: 8,572 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by Colonel Plink
    The only problem I would have with the Irish Wolfhound is their lifespan.

    I found it's not about quantity, but quality. You just learn to make the most of what you have.
  • Colonel PlinkColonel Plink Member Posts: 16,460
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by asphalt cowboy
    quote:Originally posted by Colonel Plink
    The only problem I would have with the Irish Wolfhound is their lifespan.

    I found it's not about quantity, but quality. You just learn to make the most of what you have.


    [:)] I've heard that they're real sweet-natured. I'll never forget the first time I saw one. It was at a dog show in Longmont, CO. My first thought was, "You really gotta love a breed to clean up after that!".
  • grizgriz Member Posts: 408 ✭✭
    edited November -1
  • Colonel PlinkColonel Plink Member Posts: 16,460
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by griz
    Our "Jack"

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    I'm guessing Jack knows where the cows are s'posed to go.
  • asphalt cowboyasphalt cowboy Member Posts: 8,572 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by remingtonoaks
    CONTROL YOUR DOG AND HAVE RESPECT......SHEEEESH... JMO


    That's my biggest gripe with people. Not the dog, but the people.
    I had cause to inform my neighbor one day that the next time I found his lab snarling at me I would beat the livin' snot out of him. I made it a strong point that he understand I meant him and not the dog.
  • KSUmarksmanKSUmarksman Member Posts: 10,705 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    I find it hard to believe that people would be scared of Jack...he looks like such a cutie!!! I want to drive up to your shop when I'm back home in Auburn just to see the pup [:D] maybe come home with a gun or two [;)]

    I'm guessing many people just can't read a dog's body language... which is surprising to me, since it does not take a rocket surgeon to tell between tongue-hanging-out, tail wagging happy "I wanna play" mode and teeth-baring, growling, "I'm gonna bite your face off" mode...
  • ruger41ruger41 Member Posts: 14,433 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    I love dogs-especially my boxer who would never hurt a fly. Your pup does look friendly but when he gets a little bigger I would at least make sure it stays behind the counter if you have customers in the store. I can tell you from first hand experience what happens if a customer gets bit even by a usually friendly dog-how about $139,000 lawsuit thats what the owner of a auto repair place I worked at had to fork over--got it knocked down from $1.2 Million due to a customer who wasn't watching what her kid was doing and the kid stepped on the dogs' paw and got bitten. Unfortunately there are people out there that WILL take advantage of you Locust and the first time that pup nips the wrong person or someones kid in your store you could lose everything you have worked for. There are just too many sue happy people out there not to at least keep the pup on your side of the counter when others are in the store when he is bigger[;)]
  • asphalt cowboyasphalt cowboy Member Posts: 8,572 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by KSUmarksman
    I'm guessing many people just can't read a dog's body language... which is surprising to me, since it does not take a rocket surgeon to tell between tongue-hanging-out, tail wagging happy "I wanna play" mode and teeth-baring, growling, "I'm gonna bite your face off" mode...


    Actually, the bared teeth and growling is a warning. A bite from this dog is easily avoided. The dog I am most wary of will have it's head hung down and it's tail down and stationary, or swaying from one side to center and back.
    A dogs head position and tail movement will tell you a lot about it's disposition and intentions.
  • grumpygygrumpygy Member Posts: 53,466
    edited November -1
    Don't think I would mind your dog and normally I don't like dogs.

    Yours has the look of "Play with Me"

    But at a local shot they had their dog in their. every person that would come in the would run up and sniff their butt, I mean nose right up there. Finally told the guy dog had to go or I went nuts. About the 3rd time of the Nose.
  • Colt SuperColt Super Member Posts: 31,007
    edited November -1
    I love all animals, and I was a breeder of Siberian Huskies for over twenty years.

    Dogs need to be restrained from people, until the person makes it known that he wants to interact with the animal.

    If a dog that I don't know, anywhere, anytime, charges me - the dog dies. Whatever the size/breed.

    I don't like to bleed.

    This has happened to me twice, and I have been exonerated each time.

    Sorry.

    Doug
  • PTHEIMPTHEIM Member Posts: 3,374
    edited November -1
    LF,
    Cute pup you have there.
    When I do deliveries for my employer I occassionally come to a house w/dogs. Sometimes those dogs get by the owner and head for me just a barkin' and growlin'. The home owner's concerned of course but I assure them all is okay as I get down on one knee and put my arm and hand out, palm down, as a gesture of peace. Before long the dog(s) getting a double sided rub-down.The owners get a "good day" from me as I leave.
    So, LF, if I were ever to visit you store that's what I would do. Get down to the pup's level and let him have a sniff and give him a rub under the chin and back of the neck. Then keep my eye him as I browsed so as not to step on his paws.
    I have run into other dogs more agressive but they another story.
  • eastbankeastbank Member Posts: 4,215
    edited November -1
    my son was mauled by a bassett hound weighting over 50 lbs. when he was 6, walking down the back alley at our house. he walked between this dog and a pair of beagles in a pen who were in heat. the bassett hound grabbed my son by the calf and dragged him to the ground and bit the hell out of him, over 40 stiches. it took a long time to get him over his fear of dogs(big and small). do we hate dogs,no. do we own dogs,no. due to the medical cost(hospital emergency room, specialist for torn liguments and thearpy) the bills were over 20,000 dollars. the dog owners home insurance paid the claim and dropped his home owners police right away and he had the dog put down. so now i pay atttention when i have the young grandchildren out any where there are any animals that could hurt them,even if they seem tame. eastbank. (i just don,t understand people who keep animals not only dogs, who could kill any one in a special situation).
  • Queen of SwordsQueen of Swords Member Posts: 14,355
    edited November -1
    As other's have said LF, not everybody shares your warm, fuzzy view of dogs, and it's up to you, as a responsible owner, to control your animal. Not everyone has positive experiences attached to dogs, some have been bitten, or seen someone biten. I'm not saying their fears are "rational," that's what makes them phobias. But to dismiss their reactions as hysterical is, well, sort of rude. Also, perhaps some have allergies. I assure you there is nothing "sweet" nor "luvable" about watching a person with dog hair/dander allergies go into a full-blown, wheezing asthma attack after exposure. A home is one thing. I usually confine mine to the kitchen when we have a visitor, not because I'm afraid they will injure the person, but because we have been less than strict with our discipline, and the dogs sometimes have a tendency to be "friendly" to the point of annoyance for some less-tolerant individuals. A person would, however, expect to be able to visit a place of business without fearing exposure.
  • USN_AirdaleUSN_Airdale Member Posts: 2,987
    edited November -1
    i won't name names.., but, the remarks from some people here who say they will kill a dog if it approaches them, are also the type who should not even be allowed a gun !!

    quote:If I walk into a business and a dog approaches me in an aggressive manner, the dog dies.

    if you walked into my business and kill my dog you will be the second death that the cops will investigate, people like you should never be allowed/permitted to own a gun !!!!!!!!!!
  • nunnnunn Forums Admins, Member, Moderator Posts: 35,110 ******
    edited November -1
    I walk Sam off-leash. He weighs over 90 pounds, so he isn't huge, but he is no lap puppy either. I have noticed that a few people, mostly black females, seem to be afraid of him as he approaches.

    One lady asked as we approached, "Does that dog bite?"

    I replied, "Maybe if you covered your leg in gravy, but otherwise, no."

    Sam loves everyone and thinks everyone should love him, but when walking, he is on a mission. His mission is to stay at heel unless there is something on the side of the road to sniff and pee on. People and dogs we encounter on a walk just don't attract his attention at all.
  • leadlead Member Posts: 2,513 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    One of my favorite gun shops has an older version of your dog. He just walks, slowly, around the place. Or, just sleeps behind the counter by the pistol case.
    Now, there used to be a shop that had a huge Great Dane that would come running out everytime you went in there. When my kids were young, they always wanted to go there with me to see "Babe"! It was a littlestartling at first, to see a dog the size of a Volkswagen coming at you.
  • Blade SlingerBlade Slinger Member Posts: 5,891
    edited November -1
    Never met a dog I didnt like, maybe some I had more respect for their actions than to approach, but on the whole I get along with strange dogs.
    When I was growing up there were no leash laws, so if you walked or rode a bike you needed to know how to deal with dogs of all kinds and sizes, and always having dogs at home growing up helped too.
  • JamesRKJamesRK Member Posts: 25,672 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    LF, I remember Alabama as a place with manly men and lovely ladies. Of course that was a long time ago. Thanks for destroying my fantasy.
    The road to hell is paved with COMPROMISE.
  • FEENIXFEENIX Member Posts: 10,557 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    My gunsmith Joe has a bad * looking pitbull named Goober that can easily ruin your day (or worst) but probably one of the most behaved dog I have ever seen. He'll lick you to death if you let him. Their given a bad rep thanks to irresponsible owners.

    Joe said just like other dogs, Goober will protect his owners and territory accordingly.
  • bhale187bhale187 Member Posts: 7,798
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by USN_Airdale
    i won't name names.., but, the remarks from some people here who say they will kill a dog if it approaches them, are also the type who should not even be allowed a gun !!

    quote:If I walk into a business and a dog approaches me in an aggressive manner, the dog dies.

    if you walked into my business and kill my dog you will be the second death that the cops will investigate, people like you should never be allowed/permitted to own a gun !!!!!!!!!!

    Yeah, screw the 2nd ammendment, if you don't like dogs it doesn't apply to you...
  • Flying Clay DiskFlying Clay Disk Member Posts: 35,193 ✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by lead
    One of my favorite gun shops has an older version of your dog. He just walks, slowly, around the place. Or, just sleeps behind the counter by the pistol case.
    Now, there used to be a shop that had a huge Great Dane that would come running out everytime you went in there. When my kids were young, they always wanted to go there with me to see "Babe"! It was a littlestartling at first, to see a dog the size of a Volkswagen coming at you.


    Shut Up & Fish in Cocoa Beach, FL has an almost identical situation. Went in there last year to buy some bait and this GIGANTIC Great Dane comes bounding out of the back room. I think this dog's name was Sweetie. She was the biggest great dane I've ever seen hands down. Practically eye to eye with her and I'm 6'4". Shut Up & Fish isn't that big of a shop either, and Sweetie takes up about half of it.

    First time I went in there it was pretty surprising. There was no one else, just me and the dog (owner was in the back). I hear this voice "Don't mind her none, that's just Sweetie, I'll be with ya' in a second" So I reached up, stood on my tip toes, and petted Sweetie and then we were buds. As I walked around the store Sweetie stayed right with me drooling on my shoulder and head the whole way. She really thought I should get some of the (stinky) catfish bait...she kept dragging me back over to it, but I just wanted live shrimp which she wasn't real thrilled about.
  • Colonel PlinkColonel Plink Member Posts: 16,460
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by Flying Clay Disk
    quote:Originally posted by lead
    One of my favorite gun shops has an older version of your dog. He just walks, slowly, around the place. Or, just sleeps behind the counter by the pistol case.
    Now, there used to be a shop that had a huge Great Dane that would come running out everytime you went in there. When my kids were young, they always wanted to go there with me to see "Babe"! It was a littlestartling at first, to see a dog the size of a Volkswagen coming at you.


    Shut Up & Fish in Cocoa Beach, FL has an almost identical situation. Went in there last year to buy some bait and this GIGANTIC Great Dane comes bounding out of the back room. I think this dog's name was Sweetie. She was the biggest great dane I've ever seen hands down. Practically eye to eye with her and I'm 6'4". Shut Up & Fish isn't that big of a shop either, and Sweetie takes up about half of it.

    First time I went in there it was pretty surprising. There was no one else, just me and the dog (owner was in the back). I hear this voice "Don't mind her none, that's just Sweetie, I'll be with ya' in a second" So I reached up, stood on my tip toes, and petted Sweetie and then we were buds. As I walked around the store Sweetie stayed right with me drooling on my shoulder and head the whole way. She really thought I should get some of the (stinky) catfish bait...she kept dragging me back over to it, but I just wanted live shrimp which she wasn't real thrilled about.


    Maybe Sweetie knew what bait worked best in that area[:D]
  • Flying Clay DiskFlying Clay Disk Member Posts: 35,193 ✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by dennisnielsen
    A bad dog caught in a small body.

    <WAY TO LARGE OF A DOG PICTURE GOES HERE>

    She also exceeds the speed limit.


    Think you get that picture a little bigger??? I'm having a hard time seeing what it is. Besides, I love scrolling from side to side to read after somebody posts a giant picture.
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