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to think that dog owners shouldnt assume that everyone else is a dog lover?

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urtwistingmymelonman · 21/06/2013 06:15

when I bump into you in the park I don't want to have a soggy nose repeatedly pushed into my crotch.
when I come to your house for a cuppa I would prefer it if your doggy didn't keep trying to hump my leg.
and when im 17 weeks preggers I don't want a bloody great german shepherd jumping up at me pawing at me with his claws as if hes trying to bury a bone in me!
don't get me wrong,i like dogs and I think anyone who mistreats or neglects them should be hung,drawn and quartered but aibu to think that when this sort of behaviour is displayed said fluffball should be pulled of instead of doting owner giggling and rolling eyes at me in an isn't he adorable kind of fashion?

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Crumbledwalnuts · 21/06/2013 10:44

Sometimes people are just as much bother to dog-lovers though, with small children petting and pulling. I used to tell them not to do it or the dog would bite their hand off.

LadyBryan · 21/06/2013 10:46

YANBU in your feelings - perfectly valid and perfectly ok.

Re: the dogs in someone's home though, I think you're being a touch unreasonable if you silently seethe about it and don't say anything. The dog thinks its being friendly, the dog owner doesnt have a clue you don't like it if you don't say.

Honesty (and polite honesty!) is the best policy!

LtEveDallas · 21/06/2013 10:46

Oh bless him. Lt, in that case am sure guests would understand and anyway he sounds like he doesn't jump up etc

No, she is a very very 'good' dog. Was very easy to train when we got her because she was very eager to please. She can't be left alone for any amount of time though - fine if no-one else is around, she's OK for an hour or so (or so my neighbours tell me), but if she can hear other people she needs to be with them. Luckily I can take her to work with me as well, so instances when she is on her own are very few and far between Smile

FryOneFatManic · 21/06/2013 10:47

There really does seem to be an assumption among many dog lovers (not all, I get that some are sensible), that just because they like dogs, then surely everyone else must like them.

Well, your liking for dogs is a personal preference. Same as I know quite a few people for whom not liking dogs is also a personal preference. They prefer cats, or other pets, or no pets at all.

I like heavy metal. Do I blindly assume that everyone else must like the music I like or there's something wrong with them? No, of course not, I know that we all like different things.

And liking or not liking dogs is just another thing that people decide.

KatyTheCleaningLady · 21/06/2013 10:51

LtEveDallaa, I only asked because I was attacked by a small dog who really wanted to inflict more damage than he was capable of, while the owner just stood there saying "now, Ralph, be nice!" I thought of kicking the dog, but didn't want to upset the stupid woman. Grin

thebody · 21/06/2013 10:53

Lt, hope they caught the bastards who did that to her.

Unbelievable people can be so cruel.

Antisecco · 21/06/2013 10:54

If you're in the dog's own home, tough IMO.

Fair point Squeaky. And so no matter how well behaved the dog is, I avoid dogs' residences as far as I possibly can because the smell has me dry heaving for the rest of the day!

AudrinaAdare · 21/06/2013 10:55

"Ralph" Grin

arabesque · 21/06/2013 10:58

I am always surprised at how oblivious some dog owners are to the annoyance or upset their dog is causing to other people. It is not acceptable to stand smiling beatifically and saying 'don't worry. He's harmless' while your dog jumps all over an obviously terrified adult or child; or to allow them to gambol around a public park where small children or elderly people can be very easily knociked off balance. It is also not acceptable to let them drool all over people who are visiting your house.
I know most dog owners are considerate are polite but, as someone who is genuinely afraid of dogs, it is the rude, stupid, inconsiderate ones I remember and who make me stiffen with nerves anytime I come into contact with a strange dog.
And as for those extendable leashes; some dog owners really need to learn to use them responsibly.

LtEveDallas · 21/06/2013 11:02

Lt, hope they caught the bastards who did that to her

No they never did thebody. I'm just glad that we were looking for a pup when she was dumped - we were in the perfect place/situation to be able to take her and give her the care and attention she needed.

Think there may still be a couple of photos at the bottome of my profile page if you are interested (can't check because the work firewall blocks photos!)

D0oinMeCleanin · 21/06/2013 11:11

Does my house smell? I doubt it. There is not much in my house that is not wipe clean. I decorated with my pets in mind.

All dog bedding gets boil washed once weekly (the greyhound hates me on these days, he loves his bed and grieves for it when it is in the washer) and then the washer is put on two maintenance cycles to keep that clean. Halfway through the week the dog bedding is steam cleaned to freshen it back up.

The long haired dog is also washed weekly. All dogs are brushed down daily, the long haired one also gets sprayed with doggy detangler daily, so he normally smells of dog conditioner.

I do a poo-check in the yard 2-3 times a day upon which it is bleached. The kitchen, bathroom, dining room and hallway are all swept and bleached daily and I give the cupboard doors a quick wipe over each day to get rid of any marks where the dogs have rubbed against them, ditto the fridge-freezer.

They don't get into the living as often so that is swept and mopped on my days off usually 2-4 times a week and the rug is steam cleaned on those days also and washed in the washer once a week.

On a monday I do a deep clean, where I wash down all furniture and steam all soft furnishings and hoover/sweep/mop upstairs where the dogs are not allowed.

My house is probably cleaner than yours. I have to keep on top of things because they get too out of hand too quickly.

Yes I have children. Two of. Although they seem to multiply often Confused. There was five of them here yesterday Hmm They're very popular and our house seems to be the go to house in our neighborhood when it's raining or they want cake We've had kids turn up to 'play' at 9am on a Saturday morning and not return home until 6:30pm on Sunday more than once, although I've now managed to teach most kids round here that if the curtains aren't open, they're not to knock on the door.

My children love having dogs. They start nagging me to phone the foster co-ordinator and demand she bring us a dog immediately if we go too long with only two dogs.

We also have fish and a cat and dd1 keeps threatening to rescue something small and furry that lives in a cage, we are still in the negotiation stage on this one atm.

Roshbegosh · 21/06/2013 11:14

Such a happy home then. If you say so.

Bogeyface · 21/06/2013 11:18

I gave up at Dogs are people too btw


LtEveDallas · 21/06/2013 11:18

dd1 keeps threatening to rescue something small and furry that lives in a cage

Don't fall for it Dooin. I did. £1000 and 3 rabbits later DD has no interest in them and I am doing all the cleaning/feeding/caring and getting bitten weekly Grin

Antisecco · 21/06/2013 11:20

My house is probably cleaner than yours.

I don't doubt it for a second Cleanin most people's are. Even so I can still detect a house with dogs in it at many many paces. What I said was not a moral judgement just a statement of fact. Methinks you doth protest too much!

D0oinMeCleanin · 21/06/2013 11:20

Yes, it is thanks. It's chaotic and noisy and slightly mad at times. You can't move without tripping over a pet or a strange child most afternoons, but it's happy. A lot of the children think they are dogs, one of the dogs thinks she is a cat and the cat is the most stupid cat I've ever met, but that just adds to the fun.

I go to work to get quiet time and consume much vodka on the weekends. It helps with the noise Wink Grin

thebody · 21/06/2013 11:21

Will look Lt, sounds like she fell on her paws with your family anyway.

Rosh are you as rude in real life dear?

Bogeyface · 21/06/2013 11:25

You do know that your house stinks though dont you? Like a smokers house stinks, they cant smell but you can. thats what a house with dogs in it is like.

halcyondays · 21/06/2013 11:25

Any time I have been out and a dog has come over and started pawing at me or my dds, the owner has pulled it away and apologised. So I wouldn't say all dog owners are inconsiderate.

Antisecco · 21/06/2013 11:27

You're a brave woman Bogeyface but I think I love you

Antisecco · 21/06/2013 11:28

You're a brave woman Bogeyface

Sorry, you could be a man and I would love you anyway!

Roshbegosh · 21/06/2013 11:29

Sometimes it is called for.

Roshbegosh · 21/06/2013 11:30

Rudeness I mean.

OrmirianResurgam · 21/06/2013 11:30

Well I guess all house stink of human too. Of course you wouldn't notice it because you are a human..... All living creatures smell. So what? Unless the dog has rolled in something pungent or is ill (or wet!) the smell isn't overpowering, and unpleasant is in the nose of the beholder.

mrsjay · 21/06/2013 11:33

lt you paid a grand for RABBITS are you nuts woman

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