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!