A couple with a large terrier type of dog walked past the tent where I sat with my foster. He wanted to creep closer, and I pulled him to me and told him to sit and stay. The woman gave me a hurt look, and I didn't understand until days later that she probably thought I assumed their extremely well behaved dog would do something to mine. The truth was the complete opposite; I asked my foster to sit and stay because I didn't want him to go start something.
In retrospect I feel awful about it. If I had been more aware I would have said something along the lines of, "I don't know if I can trust this guy, so it might be better if they don't meet."
When I'm not distracted by a four-legged companion of my own, I tell everyone I meet with a dog, "That's a beautiful dog." They all are, and who knows, it might make someone's day.
Anyway, the article on dog breeds that don't deserve their stereotypes is written by Carol Bryant for Pet360.com. She emphasizes - and I agree completely - that dogs aren't born dangerous by default. They are individuals, and behavior is influenced by many factors. All dogs need training!
~ Maria Sadowski ~