We went to a great bridge by the river tonight for a walk. It was just GORGEOUS outside and everyone was in a fun mood!
We went down by the water and I sat down (see picture. LOL) and was watching the kids play near the water. 2 ladies with mini shnauzers were headed our way, so I got the cheese out to distract Tillie and KEEP her relaxed, even though she typically does okay with small, friendly dogs. Anywho, they came closer and started talking to me. I told them that sometimes Tillie freaks out around other dogs, especially big dogs and they went OFF talking about how in THAT situation I should HOLD her down on her BACK to make her 'submissive' and they were very proud that they can "pin" their dogs down at any time in any situation. They said, 'yes, you should be able to put your dog on her back at any moment and they shouldn't struggle." uhhhhhhh... let me get this straight, IF my dog were scared and fear barking at another dog, I should put them in thier most vulnerable postition (on thier back) and hold them there, belly up with this other dog right there?? uhhhhhh, NO thank you! oh and they were bragging about thier dogs being AKC (I didn't mention Tillie was TOO. hello!???) and they were going on and on about CEASAR MILAN (ugggg) and how they trian thier dogs and how many puppies thier dogs have had, etc, etc. sigh. I was mostly quite as I had no interest in an argument. I am right. they are messed up. LOL The proof was in the pudding, as as they were walking by to walk away thier dogs started CRYING, fear barking at TILLIE!!? LOL Tillie kind of looked at me like, 'what's THIER problem?" we had been near each other for about 10 minutes with no issues (between the dogs). AND as we continued our walk we could hear the dogs carrying on and on and on, I have no idea WHY as we didn't see any more dogs on our walk!?
Oh and these dogs had HORRID face staining.
ANYWHO, as we continued our walk we came across a little boy maybe 1 yr old, his parents a few feet away and Tillie went up to him, wanting to jump but realizing he was little, and she SAT for him (on my command, of course)!!! He had SO much fun with her little wiggle butt. LOL she had a hard time staying still as she wanted to LICK him and love him so bad, but she sat and let him 'play' with her. I was so proud of her!! As we said goodbye, the parents mentioned what a wonderful dog we had.
So, ya, an interesting night for sure!! Just wanted to share!