This post has been brewing in my brain for quite some time, and that actually never really bodes well. But the last few times I’ve gone to the dog park, I’ve had women (it’s *always* women) stop me and ask about Stella. Now, this is absolutely nothing new; she’s pretty much a show stopper no matter where we go– even at the Dane meet ups (other than the first one). Yes, she’s pretty– but I honestly think it’s just her personality. She is ultra inquisitive, and very much a social, friendly dog. She will go up to almost any human for a pet (even the ones obviously terrified of her), and will not back away or shy off from an introduction to ANY dog, no matter how mean or grouchy. As a matter of fact, it seems the one who growl at her to back off are the ones she wants to be friends with the most. She has come home with a bloody face at least once, and with some pretty significant bite marks on her hind quarters. None of that matters to her– she loooooves to play hard, and rough– and somehow when they bite her skin– she likes to play with them all the more.
However, it’s not these things that I want to talk about. It’s the owners of other dogs. Every freaking time I go into the dog park, the random strangers say the same thing:
“Ohhh my! What a gorgeous dog!! How old is she? How much does she weigh? How much do you feed her? You need a saddle for that dog!”
This is always followed by a smile and chuckle from Jay and I. We generally answer their questions and stuff, while trying to make sure that Stella isn’t
- A.) Running off with another family
- B.) Being attacked like a gazelle at a watering hole filled with hungry lions. We don’t know why this happens, but if any of the dogs playing hard with Stella get her to trip and fall, all the dogs will start circling her and biting/growling. It’s so weird. It’s like she drives this crazy prey instinct in every dog around her.
All of that is well and good– but there is another question we are asked almost every single time.
“Which rescue did your dog come from?”
Me: She’s not a rescue.
“Ohhh…(silence) well, she’s pretty anyway.”
Oh, really? I totally just want to slap the next person who responds this way. How dare you judge me because I purchased a puppy from a reputable breeder? There are a lot of children who need good homes, too. Did you adopt your kids? No? Well, that’s kind of how I feel about it, and I just might answer this way the next time someone gets all high and mighty because I did not ‘rescue’ my Dane. I sort of just want to tell them it’s none of their business.