Here's the brief version of the story that just happened to us the other day....
Max and I were walking at a new park for us that has a huge walking trail! It was beautiful! We had never been there before but like I've said, we are trying out new places to walk so we (ok, MA) doesn't get bored. Everyone is walking their pups on leashes, biking, running, walking, etc. Max and I are having a fantastic time and are more or less in the middle of nowhere when a young guy comes walking in our direction with a beautiful, white, huge Pit Bull. I was aware, as I always am, regardless of dog type, size, etc. to be on alert for any aggressive pups but this one seems fine. However, upon getting ready to pass his mood shifts and he goes for Max! On pure adrenaline and instinct, I let Max's leash go and yelled at him to GO while I tried to help the man who was really struggling to get his dog under control as I could see he was loosing control of the leash. Thank God, Max for once listened to my command and then I yelled for Max to STAY (another miracle that he actually DID stay!). The guy felt awful and told me that was why he didn't go to dog parks and that it was a recent rescue and since it was a Pit he worried it would get put down if he didn't take him, but that he had to walk the poor guy somewhere and he was really trying hard to work on social skills, etc. I explained that while I thought that was wonderful and honorable of him, that maybe until his pup was a little more manageable he might consider a muzzle for both other pups, peeps and his own protection and also gave him the number to Rover Oaks for possible training. He never was able to thankfully get to Max, but the poor guy did even offer to have Max looked at anyway for like stress or something which of course was not necessary as Max really seemed to care less about any of it. So, my question is, what would you have done or what do you think I should have done? I ask because ya'lls opinions are valuable to me and I just went on gut reaction in the moment and thought it was most important to help the guy not loose his pups leash or I knew it'd be all over. I don't want to stop exploring new places and won't and I hate to just drag Max away anytime I see a larger dog and like I said, there were zero signs of aggressive behavior until right at that moment when we passed. I tried to review in my head if Max did anything out of the ordinary, etc. and can't recall him doing anything. Just looking for what you guys might have done or what you think I should have done. Thanks!!!
|Can't we all just get along? :)|
Thanks for any constructive criticism or advice you can give me - I was rather upset by the encounter and would have died if anything happened to my little Max!
Have a beautiful today full of sunshine and peace!