Two good boys holding a down stay while we ate dinner at grandma’s!
On Friday I took Yen to work with me (for the first time in about 6 weeks. He did really well. (But that’s a different story). On my lunch break I took him out to go potty. The PetSmart I work at is located right next to a @grocery_outlet which I go into a lot to buy lunch. As we were heading back into my work a family was walking out of Grocery Outlet at the same time. They had a little chihuahua in their cart. It clearly was not a service animal or even pretending to be. It saw Yen and immediately dove out of the cart and cave after him barking/snarling clearly not wanting to be friends. This dog had no leash, no collar and no harness. The son came running after the dog yelling at it (which the dog ignored) I stopped with Yen, put him in a stay behind me and blocked the dog with my foot and kept myself between Yen and it. Luckily the dog was only 5 pounds and relatively easy to keep away. The boy got about halfway to us (still yelling) the dog then decided to beeline into the street and head sorta back towards its family. It went about half the distance back, then came barreling towards Yen again. This time the boy got within about two feet of us and the dog decided to turn back and go to him. Yen was PERFECT the whole time. He stayed behind me, trusted me to handle the situation and didn’t make a peep. This is not the first time I’ve seen dogs coming out of this store in carts or on leash/being carried. It is the first one to come after my dog. Now I’m nervous to go back and feel the need to be hyper vigilant there.
1. Dogs (service or not) should not be in carts at grocery stores.
2. Stop bringing you damn pets into not pet friendly places.
3. Have your dog under control and better yet LEASHED.
4. If your dog goes after another dog apologize. They are your responsibility.
The reason I stopped when I saw it coming, instead of just running into my store from it, is I didn’t want to turn my back and risk it sneaking up on us or me not being able to block Yen in time and it’s not the dogs fault the owners are irresponsible. (Cont. in comments)