The other day we all went for a walk. Myself and Monty walking, and JJ on his bike. We had just turned from a laneway into my street, about six houses away from my house, when a blue heeler dog ran out of its driveway and immediately started attacking Monty.
I tried to pull Monty (who was on her lead) away from the dog and away from JJ on his bike all the while yelling at the top of my voice, ‘Come and get your dog’. I must have yelled this out at least twice. No appearance from the owner.
All of a sudden the blue heeler ran back into its yard and when I looked in, the roller door to the garage was descending. I stood there there just shaking and still no appearance from the blue heeler’s owner. A woman delivering junk mail walked up and asked if I was okay. I was still shaking a bit and JJ seemed unscathed. Still no appearance from the owner.
I was tempted to go and knock on the door and demand an apology or something. Still no appearance from the owner.
We walked off and got home without further incidence. I couldn’t believe that nobody was there as somebody had obviously made the roller door go down and they must have heard a) the dogs fighting and/or b) me yelling. How damn rude. I am more annoyed that they didn’t come out and see that we were okay. Perhaps they were afraid of getting told off because their dog attacked mine. These things happen and lots can be smoothed over with an apology. It has happened to me before with this same dog some time ago.
The next day we went out for our daily walk in a different area – JJ was squashed in his pram this time. The pram’s front wheel doesn’t turn so if I have to turn a corner I have to lift up the back so the front wheel is off the ground and then I can move the pram in a different direction.
I had to do this to go around a car that had just backed into a driveway with a trailer full of furniture. People were obviously moving into a house. I don’t mind people blocking off the footpath if there’s a good reason, it’s when they’re too lazy to park on the road and walk that annoys me. As I manoeuvred past the car, the driver apologised for blocking off the footpath. Ahh, I thought, that was so kind of him to apologise to me, it’s so easy to do (for many people) and makes such a difference.
Joy Des Jardins says
Apologies make all the difference in the world. I don’t know what’s so hard about making a kind gesture…it usually fixes everything. I think that dog owner just didn’t want to confront you because he knew he was in the wrong. There will always be people like that Jen; but I find most people are more gracious than that.
I have found that it is the every day kindness’ that we show that really shows who we are.