I kicked a dog, and I DIDN’T like it
A little blur of brown shot out between two fenceposts a foot or two away. He was aimed directly at my 50-pound collie mix, Sai.
I wasn’t too fazed initially. Lots of small dogs come up running around here, but almost all are 100% more bark than bite. They shy away the first time I shout.
This pug came growling and latched onto my dog’s legs. I yanked Sai back so he couldn’t get the pug in his jaws, a situation so much more difficult to resolve. I shouted at the pug as I pulled my dog’s leash. I prayed I could deter the pug from its attack.
It was undeterred.
The next time it lunged, I kicked. I’ve had to try dislodging dogs from other dogs’ mouths, and it’s something I never want to do again.
That wasn’t enough for the pug. It still wanted to show my dog who was boss.
So I kicked again. Harder. Roaring at it.
The pug backed away.
I shook as it strolled off. I’d had to kick a dog.
I don’t want to harm any living creature, but I’d had to kick a dog.
“Your pug attacked my dog, you [redacted]!” I shouted at the pug’s house, hoping the pug’s owner would hear and take better care to restrain their aggressive dog.
I felt horrible to have kicked a dog, but also glad no one was seriously injured or killed in the incident. And once again, I found myself wishing all dog owners understood that aggression is aggression no matter the size of the dog, and that all dogs must be properly restrained for everyone’s benefit. Humans, small dogs and big dogs alike can be hurt or killed trying to defuse a situation like this … a situation that would never have been had both dogs been properly restrained.
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Aggression is never adorable