Baz Blakeney From: Herald Sun August 22, 2011
A SWEET, innocent, beautiful little girl has been killed by someone’s vicious, ugly dog. All is not right in the world.
What is it with people who keep these nasty dogs?
What is it with men (and yes, it’s usually men) who need a violent pet to make themselves feel big and tough?
Are they socially and sexually insecure? Are they a little under-sized in the upper trouser area?
I’m tired, so tired, of men with angry dogs.
Grow up, boys. There are counsellors out there who can help you deal with your insecurities.
A while back I was at the park and one of my sons was playing on the swing and this great slobbering lump of canis familiaris rushed up to him and bared its teeth and looked ready to bite.
I kicked the dog away and told it in no uncertain terms that its
The owner of the dog (yes, a man) came over and questioned my behaviour.
I can’t remember what my exact response was, but I think it was something along the lines of: “You’re lucky, pal. If that dog had bitten my boy, you’d be scraping what’s left of your dopey mutt off the footpath with a spatula.”
I’m sorry you had to hear that, but I was angry. And I know it’s not the dog’s fault.
We have a newish dog, which we got from the dogs’ home.
She’s not much bigger than a ferret and if she decided she wanted to kill you, you’d probably just get a couple of light scratches around the ankle area. At worst, you might need a Band-Aid. OK, maybe two Band-Aids.
But when I was a kid, we had a dog with a deep personality flaw. He took a distinct dislike to the rubbish man. He seemed to think the garbo was stealing something.
The dog was perfectly well behaved around other people, but we realised he had some anger management issues in regards to refuse collectors.
So, every rubbish day we chained him up.
He’d bark himself hoarse when the bin man came, but there was no ugly confrontation, no violence, no ashen-faced, quaking garbo cowering in the cabin of his truck.
I guess the point I’m trying to make is – if your dog has a mean streak, deal with it. If there’s a chance the dog might bite someone, don’t let it loose in the park to terrorise toddlers. Show some social responsibility, for Christ’s sake.
Our garbo-hating dog had a sister, we got both of them as pups.
The sister was as gentle as a lamb, as sweet a dog as you would ever meet if you lived a thousand lifetimes.
And every garbage day, when her brother went ballistic, she used to look genuinely embarrassed. Can dogs feel embarrassment? I think so.
Dogs have personalities, of course, just like humans.
Some are soft and loving and some have a bit of bastard in them.
But dogs that are specifically bred for their aggression (eg pit bulls) are another matter entirely.
It’s time to stop these dogs being bred at all.
And it’s time for all the blokes out there with self-esteem problems to find some other way to make themselves feel tough.