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Judging a book by its cover

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by Horse and Hound, Apr 30, 2011.


  1. Horse and Hound

    Horse and Hound PetForums VIP

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    Had another nice suprise this morning.

    Was hungover so decided to take the dogs for a walk down by the river. Its different for them and a nice breezy walk so I can clear my head.

    As we're on this way back, spotted a bloke coming towards me, more commonly described as a scrote. Cap on at a dodgy akle, pants tucked in socks, staffy on lead. So clipped my 2 back on their leads and started to walk past thinking to myself about how the poor dog never stood a chance with an owner like that.

    As we approached he shouts "are your 2 good with dogs?"

    "Yeah why?"

    "Can she say hello? Shes a rescue, we've only had her 3 days and I'm trying to get her used to other dogs..."

    :D

    Needless to say I let my 2 say hello, and she was a gorgeous little dog. Quite timid, missing half her ear :mad: but her tail was going ten to the dozen and her and Harvey were making their little Staffy grunts.

    I told him well done for rescuing her and gave him my trainers number after a 15 minute conversation about dogs and foods etc.

    So there you go, you think I would have learnt after the last time I jumped to conclusions about a chavvy owner...:rolleyes::
     
  2. lucyandsandy

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    It's natural, everyone makes a first judgement and whoever says they don't are FIBBING! It's good that he proved you wrong, I am a youth worker and get it is surprising the characters I get to meet and it shows that most my judgements before being a youth worker were (sometimes) totally wrong!
     
  3. Horse and Hound

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    I do wish sometimes I would stop. I'd hate it if someone made such a judgment about me in that way.

    Anyway, thats 2 times now I've been proven wrong by so called chavs! Perhaps the next time I see someone like that again I'll stop!
     
  4. McKenzie

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    That's a lovely story :)
     
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    Ah that's lovely, it's nice to get a surprise once in a while isn't it! Similar thing happened with us a few days ago, took Harvey to the country park to practice some commands with lots of distractions and we met a bloke (exactly same as one you described) with a Staffie off lead. First thoughts were ''oh dear'' :eek: - the dog was a considerable way infront of the bloke, as he wandered along playing on his phone and smoking.

    The Staffie came bounding over to Harvey, so I got him into a down and stay whilst the Staffie said hello, he seemed very friendly so I let Harvey go play - when the bloke finally caught up with the dog he thanked me for letting his dog play with Harvey and said nearly everybody else he meets can't drag their dogs away quick enough. We stood chatting for a good twenty minutes whilst the dogs had a whale of a time - he said he hoped to see us again one day as he'd never seen his dog have such a good rough and tumble with another dog, so I think we'll head back there again :)
     
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    Tsk-tsk Horse and Hound :p :D Only joking of course, it is completely natural and it's the actions afterwards that really count. If you were ignorant, then you wouldn't have stopped/ignored him/made a misinformed comment or turned back on yourself and that would have been judging a book by its cover. But you were just a bit unsure initially and were open-minded enough to stop and chat and share some what I'm sure was good advice! Good to hear your meet went well. I hope Harvey and Roo are doing good! :)
     
  7. Doolally

    Doolally PetForums Senior

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    It's so hard not to though isn't it. My dog was attacked badly by 2 SBT crosses owned by your sterotypical chav, so I do tend to avoid those types....you can often tell by if they bother to smile or not though if you dare get that close
     
  8. Horse and Hound

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    aww, i'm the same when people let my Harvey play with their dogs. It irritates me when people are like "oh, he's such an exception to the rule" because he's not at all.

    Massively misunderstood breed are staffs, and i only wish more people could realise that.

    The bloke is also going to give a different food off. I warned him off Bakers. He said he didn't know anything but had looked at the ingredients and said he didn't understand why a dog needed so little meat!! I tipped him off about Wainwrights as I usually recommend it as a first try as its cheap and widely available at pets at home. Also told him there was a free drop in next week for nutrition advice. Guy was made up!
     
  9. Horse and Hound

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    Aye both doing well. Settled them onto foods that suit Harvey's tum. He's horrendous compared to Roo!

    He's now on hi-life wet for one day, and the next day its raw and each day they get some skinners salmon and rice (burns mini bites for Roo) or some Hi life coarse mince.

    Found out with them that having a number of things they are good with works better as Roo won't stick his nose up at it now as he thinks its something different, and none of the above give Harvey staffy farts!

    All good! ;)
     
  10. babycham2002

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    What a lovely story, that has really made me smile :001_smile:
    Good for you on the heads up on the trainer and food as well. Thats going to be one well looked after little staffie
     
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    Ooh that's good to hear! Big plus on the lack of Staffie farts :D
     
  12. Horse and Hound

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    Its one less in a rescue as well.
     
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    Wish I could do the same for the Other Half.

    :eek:
     
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    Yes that's a great story and very true.
     
  15. shibby

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    :lol: :lol: Oh dear...

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    I think at times most of us are guilty of prejudging dogs, i can remember yrs ago my sister owned a Rottie, the sweetest dog you could wish to meet, but as soon as she got her, her childrens friends parents stopped the children coming to the house,
    I have a small dog and so many people think because hes small that hes a yappy lap dog,,, hes far from that, ive had people comment while ive been out with him "oh look another handbag dog"
     

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    It's great when people give our Staffys a chance and none of us let first impressions get in the way.
    Polly is still a little nervous about new things, but given some time to sit and look she is usually perfectly happy to carry on with our walks.
    Today we met a woman riding her large Arabian horse along our local footpath which isn't really wide enough for horses. She looked down at us and said rather stiffly "Is that a Staffy?" I said yes and asked her if she would mind staying still while Polly got used to the horse so that we could pass without her having to be carried or dragged (which I wouldn't have done anyway) The woman was great and got her horse to edge as far into the side of the path as possible, the horse stood perfectly still and after a little hesitation and lots of encouragement Polly inched closer to the horse, she looked up at it, gave a quiet little "Yip", the horse looked down at her and huffed but didn't move at all, she walked past as good as gold and never bothered about it at all when we met them again on our way home.
    It could have been so very different if the rider had insisted on trying to walk past us or got impatient with my pup :thumbup1:
    We are trying to make sure Polly is as socialised and exposed to as many situations as possible, it's so much easier when people allow and help us. I hope that when she is allowed off lead to play that there as dogs she can play with apart from our other 2 :)
     
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    OMG!!!! :eek: Polly can clear a room in seconds I was hoping she would grow out of it :( You mean it isn't just cos she's on puppy food???
     
  19. metaldog

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    That's lovely to hear. It is natural to judge people, but our first impressions are often wrong, especially when based on a person's clothing and dog breed.

    There are loads of young lads with Staffies round here and the majority are wonderful caring owners.
     
  20. LexiLou2

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    Nope sorry staffy farts are here to stay. Lexi's are HORRIBLE!!!! Having said that since we put her on raw she is much better but when it happens boy you know about it!!!

    Lexi isn't a big staffie but there are very very few dog owners on our regular walk (in fact there is only one lady with 2 labs) that are comfortable with Lexi playing with their dogs most people drag their dogs away. Lexi isn't even a particularly rough and tumble dog she likes to play chase. That was one of the factors in us looking for another dog i feel like she is missing out.
     
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