Evil Dog?

Little Monkey - Always ready for Mischief

Little Monkey – Always ready for Mischief

Poor misunderstood Little Monkey!

I had just returned home from walking the dogs and was removing their leads, when I noticed LM suddenly become alert. I knew something was going on so I grabbed her by the scruff of the neck then looked round. Sure enough, my neighbour walked past our security gate, with his floor mop dog lunging towards us and yapping like mad.

He told his dog, “Come on, leave it. Evil Dog!”

In his mind that is what he thinks.

Little Monkey is just anxious and reacts out of fear when a dog is suddenly there, even if it is half her size.

But my neighbour does not know this. He also does not see that his dog, although a small black and white floor mop, is pulling at the lead, straining to get to us and barking constantly. He doesn’t stop his dog’s behaviour and has no control at all over his little mop! (But, you know, it’s OK, because it is small and cute! This is a sad misconception of many small dog owners.)

In fact, the only well-behaved dog in this whole interaction was old Mr Spaghetti Legs, who made no move to go to the gate or bark back at the little mop, but just stood there by me, waiting patiently. (All he is thinking is, “Walk is over, now Mum makes my supper!”)

I know my neighbour was only joking when he called Little Monkey Evil Dog, but it rankled with me: hence this post to set the record straight!

Little Monkey is an anxious dog, who, despite my best efforts to overcome the damage done during her early life, before I adopted her, still freaks out when suddenly confronted by a dog.

But – she hasn’t got a mean bone in her body!

 

 

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29 thoughts on “Evil Dog?

  1. Tom's Nature-up-close Photography and Mindfulness Blog

    Be thankful that what your neighbor did (i.e., said) is all that you have to worry about. We have walked our little dog on a short leash on the road that we all live on and are supposed to share… and some of our neighbors dogs (unleashed and wild roaming) have attacked us and our dog biting us viciously. Our dog was shaken like a rag doll and I and my wife were both bitten. Some of our neighbors are true Neanderthals and think they own the county… (which is nuts)!

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      That is really awful! And also illegal to allow their dogs to roam the streets. Obviously your neighbours are not taking care of their dogs at all.
      So, yes, words are a lot easier to deal with than dog fights.

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  2. spanishwoods

    Oh I would love to say that dogs are such a reflection of their owners, but as I am now the owner of a small yippy dog myself, I will restrain myself. He must not be a very kind “dog person” to call a dog “evil”. I would say, keep LM away from that little pip because if anything negative should happen, LM will get the blame. Extra treats for LM today!

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      I think he just has a weird sense of humour! But yes, the larger dog usually gets the blame in any confrontation.
      And I don’t think LM needs any extra treats as she has lately taken to eating my muffin off the kitchen counter the moment my back is turned! 🙂

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  3. pensitivity101

    I’ve never been a fan of small dogs as I find them yappy, unruly and unpredictable. There are a couple of exceptions here though, Tuppy the miniature toy poodle and ‘Thug’ (our name for him), a lovely little papillon, though we haven’t seen him for a few months as his owner has been very ill.

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      I agree – It is usually the owner who creates these little terrors, not the dog itself.
      I hope Thug’s owner starts to recover soon.

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Ah, she does OK 🙂 It is more that she never learnt how to react to new situations, or dogs.
      I do wish new puppy owners would socialise their puppies, and so avoid all these later problems. 🙂

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  4. Midwestern Plant Girl

    Ha ha! LM is not evil. Everyone has thier moments when it they get scared. I once had a friend put her snarling, foaming at the mouth pomeranian on my lap. It growled like a high pitched leaf blower! She then said, “Awe, he likes you! “. I was frozen with fear and no dog usually scares me!

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      1. Midwestern Plant Girl

        I had to come back and comment again!
        As you may have figured out from the wine fest post, I’m camping. A camper in our group just got a little fluff ball dog. In the 2 days here, no leash has been seen. It almost got mauled by a chow-chow that didn’t think it was cute to have a little dog snap at it. They all cursed the chow, who was on leash and innocent! I may have pissed off my camping buddy, but I told her her dog would be food if she continues to let it off leash. I’d rather save a dog’s life than a friendship. 😢

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  5. Garfield Hug

    Small dogs are the ones that statistically bite more people. And yes you are right that the owners of these toy dogs would always think oh my dog is so tiny it cannot hurt anyone?! Duhh!! Wait till he gets nipped by toy dog. Ah well at least LM and SM are dogs…that one is a “mop” meant for floors 😀 Now…I am being “evil” 😈…tit for tat …your neighbor is not very nice to verbalise such a name tag!! Not nice at all!

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