It's a bad day for the ignorant so and so's

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Wasnt too sure what topic to post this under so hopefully general is ok.

Today we did our usual walk to the school this morning to drop off the kidlets. On my way Harley is being as perfect as ever and I notice a lady with a twin pram and a cattle x walking towards us. I tell Harley to 'leave them' and he walks with his head turning away, he doesn't even look at them. The lady stops and stands to the side while we pass, the whole time her dog going off his nanie trying to get to Harley! Then her dog turns and bites it's owners hand! Then she has the nerve to tell me to get MY stupid dog under control! I just smiled and kept walking ... Inside BOILING MAD!!!!!

Then same day, but walking to the school to pick them up. Harley is chilled and mellow and walking next to me in perfect fashion the whole 20min there. We get to the school and he starts to get very excited as he knows he is about to see his girls. Then this couple jump out of their car and start going off at me for having a doberman in the suburbs and how I am cruel for keeping him locked in a yard all day! WTF?????!!!!! All he does when we are at home is sleep!!!!! Then they start telling me he is too lean and I'm not feeding him enough and that she used to breed dobermans and he has terrible conformation and that's what I get for buying from a backyard breeder!

I have never in my life met these people before and have no idea where all this came from! Harley is from the most reputable breeder in our state and has a very long line of champions! Even the breeder told us that she would have kept him for showing if she hadn't already had a male. So I know for a fact he is perfect and I can't believe these people! And all in one day too! 

Well at least I get to come home and snuggle with my love bug! 

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How unbelievably moronic those people are!  I have NEVER had anyone approach me when I had a doberman with me and start in with such stupid blabbering.  Oh my---I know that I would NOT have been able to keep my mouth shut if that had happened to me---kudos to YOU and to Harley for being so cool. 

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Hooray for you and Harley!!!

When stupid people do stuff like that, I figure I'm on the right track.  LOL!!!

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LOL! The little dog bit his owner!!!    Thank you for starting my day off with a big grin!  Try to just be at peace knowing what you know.  People can be mean-spirited and just plain stupid.  I have to say I'd be laughing....on the inside and out if I were you.    Harley, what a good boy!

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People are so rude, I would never imagine talking to a complete stranger like that.  Good job just ignoring them.  Most the time that anyone that knows anything about dogs would not say something like that...obviously the lady was a backyard breeder!  The good thing is you know who your dog is and that is all that really matters.

Last summer I was walking the dogs and stopped by one of my neighbrs to talk to her.  There were about 20 kids playing in the front street, all different ages.  They all wanted to pet the dogs and play with them.  Athena and Sully did great, not too pushy and didn't jump and any of the kids.  We were there for at least 20 minutes.  Then one of the dads of the young kids came over and started asking me a bunch of question.  Are they friendly?  How old are they?  A few minutes later we left, I was feeling really good about their behavior in the situation.  Then the dad grabbed his kid by the shoulder and told him he was not allowed to pet those dogs ever, they will bite your face off!  Really? if you were so concerned then where were you during the 20 minutes he was loving on Sully and Vice Versa

Some people!!!!

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Luke_Sian:

"Well at least I get to come home and snuggle with my love bug!"

I think that's the best!  It also made a happy end to your story.  

I think they were just jealious of you and your great well mannered doberman.  I really don't under stand the fear people have when they don't understand something.  It's one of man kinds greatest weaknesses.  Sad really.  Luckily are canine companions don't share this behavior ;).  

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Don't let it bother you too much, who cares what they think anyway?  they were obviously idiots...

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You are a class act and so is Harley!

Thank you for your patience and tolerance and showing people that not only is HARLEY a wonderful representative of the breed.. So are you!!

Kudos to you for keeping your cool. I probably would not have been able to do that, lol. Some people just have no tact or respect, and some obviously don't know what they are talking about!

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Wow...two idiots in the same day. Well handled - kudos to you both.

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Kudos to Harley and you too! The fact that the lady's own dog bit her brough a smile to my face. When I was living in Virginia and first got Windy (my first Dobe), my neighbor at the time raised mop dogs (Lhasa Apsos) and was concerned because of the reputation of the Dobe (it was 1982, 30 years ago this summer). I was out talking to her one day and her three got into a fight around her legs, and in trying to pull of two who had the third between them (one had the tail and the other one had the scruff of the neck) picked up the two that were biting the third. They refused to release, even when she picked all three off the ground!

At that point, one release the one in the middle, swung up and bit my neighbor on the arm! Of course you never want to grab a dog that is fighting (I was lucky one day when I grabbed Red when he was going after one of my male Min. Schnauzers. He turned but did not bite me). Water is the best way, but not always available.

The lady's own dog was so out of control that when he couldn't get to Harley, he had to bite something. She's lucky he didn't bite one of the babys in the stroller. Obviously the poor dog has a bad owner.

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It's usually called redirected aggression, my mom's cat had it, hahahahaha, he would stand at the window or sliding glass doors and when he saw something he wanted to get to and couldn't he would actually hunt her down in the house and attack her. We had a little black dog that adopted us Wilbur who lived to be 23 years old, mean little sucker, he had this redirected aggression, but he lost it when he had a massive stroke at 17 years old, those aggressive brain cells were affected and he became a happy dog, very happy, but still had a thing for wanting to kill great pyrenese dogs this little guy was maybe knee high.

And stupid people abound, you handled it fine as did Harley.

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Good Boy Harley! I too shake my head at these folks that think they know more about Dobermans than the owners.  I can keep my cool but hubby is ready to blow on the next moron to say something ridiculous about our boy.   Axl is 4 months and we have been shocked by comments like oh my god you've mutilated your dogs ears! and why would you buy such an aggressive breed, or people who just end up picking their little dogs up in fear of our Axl who would love to do nothing more than lick you to death.  Best thing to do hold your head high, laugh it off and educate the morons.

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Thank you so much every one! I too am so proud of my boy and how cool, calm and collected he was :)

I loved all your stories! Makes me feel much better!

I love my boy and this breed is so great! I'm glad we were able to show a good example of the breed to any one who may have been watching! :D

We were at the school again today and Harley was getting totally loved on by all the kids, my oldest daughter likes to educate all her friends in her class on the doberman :) She is taking him for show and tell next week, lets hope he is on his best behaviour! We got special permission from the principal! YEAH for us :D 

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Good boy Harley!! And good job keeping your cool. I probably would have flown off the handle. It's that WONDERFUL Irish temper. lolz. 

And good job C_F... Aren't some people just crazy?? 

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oh wow show n tell!!!  I can't wait to hear how that goes will you be accompanying Harley for that or sending off to his first day off school alone, hahaha he's growing up, going to school :))

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Not to mention that Harley is, like, what... 11 months? :T Of course he's going to look lanky and disproportioned LOL. He's just a wittle puppy :D We all love Harley here, so give him a snuggle for me, Sian!

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Most people I meet up with do not even know that Deeks is a Doberman since his ears are natural and he is not the typical black and tan that folks are used to seeing.  But I did have one woman that asked if he was a Doberman and followed up with "I have never seen one with ears that long".  I said yes they look different without the crop and she told me that she had a litter of 11 once and that their ears stood up on their own.....I was thinking "okay lady, whatever you say"  She also kept saying, "what a beautiful coat he has, so shiny, but it's not black"  She had never seen a red and I really think she didn't think he was a doberman.  She then proceeded to bend down to his level and start growling at him!!!  As the song says "People are Crazy"!

 

 

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@ Charelnecm: the stories people will tell when they think they have to save face...that lady obviously had never been around a Doberman, much less had a litter of them.

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I've been told twice so far that my boy appears a little lean by strangers. 10+ months and weighing in at 80 lbs. My vet says he looks terrific and is in good health. According to her and other vets, a nice visible waistline and slight silhouette of ribs is an ideal appearance for a doberman puppy that follows medical guidelines. I wonder what these dog owners know something that vets got it supposedly wrong. Some of my fellow Americans seem to believe that dogs should parallel the McDonalds culture. Only thing you can do is raise a brow and walk away with your healthy boy. 

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Just echoing what rgreen4 said about handling a dog fight. Water is fantastic. So much more effective and safer than reaching for the collar. I used a super soaker to stop a dog fight - worked like a champ unknowingly. Another owner told me she doused a group of dogs ganging upon her dog with just simply a bottle of water.

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I will remember to carry a bottle of water when we walk the rottie and chihuahua seems we have some neighbors now who don't believe in keeping their dogs at home and you never know when one is going to size up the chi or rottie as a possible victim of terror, hahahaha. I did have to laugh the other day when a strange man (to the dogs, I knew him) walked over to the car Pepe was growling and barking highly unusual for him to go protective over his car, but Ben the huge rottweiler what was he doing, wiggling so hard the car was shaking and trying to get to the window for a good petting. Go figure.....but if another dog jumped him I just don't know, so water bottles for everyone!!!! Thanks for this info.....I had heard about the water hose can't carry that around the block, but a small water bottle working, will take that to heart......

I've never been able to break up a dog fight with water - if they are seriously fighting it won't work..... at least it didn't for me and I used a hose on full blast!

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well that puts some perspective on it doesn't it, that's why I never figured a water bottle would work, but I will still carry one and a big stick maybe - whoa wait I have two of those - crutches are big sticks.....we have some pretty aggressive dogs around here - one reason I do not walk alone during the day, even with the big sticks, hahahaha......dog fights really scare me cause I have seen the damage they can do to each other at the vet office and would not want that turned on me.......

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When I walk Skye down back roads, I carry pepper-spray. People around here purposely get large breed dogs and train them to be aggressive. No one can walk down the street without a large rottie or mastiff lunging at them from the end of their chains, it's simply a matter of time before one of them breaks loose and hurts somebody.