Irresponsible pet owners.
Posted 7/24/14
Ok. So I was looking through articles on my Google homepage when I came across this article: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/07/24/man-out-for-jog-mauled-to-death-by-2-dogs/13133713/

-Basically two aggressive dogs just mauled a man to death as he was out jogging and they now have to decide whether to destroy the dogs or take the guy to court for some kind of resolution. There's really not much else to it beyond the headline.

It got me thinking about how irresponsible some pet owners can be, at least in my opinion. Many states, mind included, have leash laws in order to protect the pet, the owner and those around them. I get so frustrated when I see people who just let their dogs run wild with no fences or leashes and aren't even out supervising them.

How do you feel about this kind of thing? Does it bother you or do you just not really care? Do you happen to be an owner who doesn't leash their dogs? What reason do you have for it?

It's a major pet peeve of mine so when I saw the article I just had to ask people about it and hopefully get some insight on why owners feel it is fine to do this.
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I was chased by a German Shepard and a pitt bull a few months ago. Thankfully there was a truck nearby and I jumped on the bed. They wouldn't let me get off so I called 911. The police helped me out and I was able to get home safely. I later found out the dogs owner would let them run free and that several neighbors had already complained.

If you're going to have a dog make sure he can't leave your property and always have them on a leash when going on walks!
Posted 7/24/14
Don't be an idiot with your pet, don't be an idiot around other people's pets.

Hard stuff right here.
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Oh yeah, there's a ton of irresponsible pet owners. I like to think of myself as one of the more sensible ones and I always keep both my dogs on a lead (except for on certain beaches and fields). I'm always scared of when people let dogs like Rottweilers run free without a muzzle. In a public place that's some dangerous shit, and given on the field I take my dogs on there are plenty of dogs allowed to run around freely, letting something mentally unstable by nature run around said dogs is kind of unnerving.

Though I also see people being dicks to other peoples animals as well. This especially goes out to kids: If you see dogs barking at you and you don't think they can get you, don't be a scum-worthy twat and bark back at them, you never know if they'll break free, jump a fence etc. The kids who walk by my house after school always do it to mine if they're out. While my dogs are small, wusses, and I know can't jump the fence since we treated it, they don't know they can't make it over so, you know, don't push your luck. I also know a guy who's dog (who was luckily good-natured) went over to an old man and tried to lick him, to which the old man started hitting it in the face with his glove. Seriously people, owners are expected to be responsible with their pets, but some of you just don't do anything to help yourselves.
Posted 7/24/14 , edited 7/24/14

HuastecoOtaku wrote:

I was chased by a German Shepard and a pitt bull a few months ago. Thankfully there was a truck nearby and I jumped on the bed. They wouldn't let me get off so I called 911. The police helped me out and I was able to get home safely. I later found out the dogs owner would let them run free and that several neighbors had already complained.

If you're going to have a dog make sure he can't leave your property and always have them on a leash when going on walks!


That sucks. I have never been chased by a loose dog. Thank god too because I am not built for running and would be screwed.

Sadly though, since I work nights, there have been a couple car accidents that resulted in one dog getting a broken leg and another being put down by a cop who eventually came on the scene. People out in the country especially have no issue letting their dogs run free and when it is that dark out it can be nearly impossible to see them and stop in time before it's too late. It really does benefit both sides to keep dogs, and other pets too obviously, confined.


Ink-e wrote:

Don't be an idiot with your pet, don't be an idiot around other people's pets.

Hard stuff right here.


I definitely agree with not being an idiot around other people's pets as well. My brother owns a smaller but more protective and aggressive dog. People think she is cute and small and that they can just walk up and pet her most of the time without even asking. He has to keep telling people to back off and not to approach her. Then people act like he is the bad guy over it when he is just looking out for them.
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Posted 7/24/14
Id be irresponsible because I suck at taking care of things. I am a plant killer. Thats why I don't have pets.
Posted 7/24/14
This doesn't pertain to dogs but rather guinea pigs.

There are certain pet stores that sell those gerbil balls but for guinea pigs. it's a proven fact that guinea pigs don't exercise like gerbils or mice do.

I've also come across guinea pig leashes. You aren't supposed to take a guinea pig for a walk. They may get too scared and can easily get a heart attack from a car passing by or animal scaring them without means of escape.

I'm always very dissatisfied with guinea pig cages. The ones in pet stores are way to small. I was forced to build my own using the C&C cage method.

Parents think getting a guinea pig for a kid is a great pet but they are actually very hard to take care of.

Whenever my guinea pig is unhappy with its own home he always lets me know. Usually if they chew on the bars they feel that the cage isn't clean. Everyone should stop yelling at their pets for having bad behavior because I can almost always point out why that is and it usually has to do with the pets environment and how it's being treated overall.

Here is simba <3



and in his cage




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Guinea Pig - the other other white meat.....
"The common guinea pig was first domesticated as early as 5000 BC for food by tribes in the Andean region of South America (present-day the southern part of Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia)."
Still used as a religious or folk food source.
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It annoys me. What also irritates me is when other people assume that pets are friendly to other animals. I have two greyhounds, one male and the other female. Greyhounds naturally have a high prey drive. The female is actually pretty good with other animals, minus small herbivores and cats; however, the male (named Phil) isn't good with any smaller animal, and is bad with other dogs. It drives me to exasperation when I have to use my body as a living shield to protect loose dogs; however, when I deal with pet owners who want to socialize their dog(s) with my male, despite my warnings, I feel pretty livid. I've ended up restraining Phil several times to save the hides of pets that are being raised by morons.
Phil weighs 86 lbs. I'm not a big person at 5'2" and 175 lbs. Phil has sent my stepdad flying with his strength, and he possesses more than twice my size and strength. Laughably, I have considerably more talent with controlling Phil than my stepdad, but it'd be nice if more pet owners take into consideration how difficult it can be to restrain larger dogs.
Posted 7/24/14

aeb0717 wrote:

It annoys me. What also irritates me is when other people assume that pets are friendly to other animals. I have two greyhounds, one male and the other female. Greyhounds naturally have a high prey drive. The female is actually pretty good with other animals, minus small herbivores and cats; however, the male (named Phil) isn't good with any smaller animal, and is bad with other dogs. It drives me to exasperation when I have to use my body as a living shield to protect loose dogs; however, when I deal with pet owners who want to socialize their dog(s) with my male, despite my warnings, I feel pretty livid. I've ended up restraining Phil several times to save the hides of pets that are being raised by morons.
Phil weighs 86 lbs. I'm not a big person at 5'2" and 175 lbs. Phil has sent my stepdad flying with his strength, and he possesses more than twice my size and strength. Laughably, I have considerably more talent with controlling Phil than my stepdad, but it'd be nice if more pet owners take into consideration how difficult it can be to restrain larger dogs.


People just can't wrap their heads around the fact that not every dog will like them or their pet. It's like they get offended over it or something. Every now and then I find myself wishing that some sort of incident would happen to make them realize that they need to be more conscientious of just what kind of situations they are getting themselves and their beloved pets into with things like that. Then I feel bad since the price for that kind of thing would be something happening to their pet which isn't fair. Some pet owners though seriously are stupid. They just walk their dog right up to yours all smiles and when told not to they give the "Oh no, I'm sure it will be fine!". Yeah...keep betting on that and see how that turns out for you.
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if a dog comes up to my dog Lexie i make sure i pull her a safe distance away . She loves people, but absolutely hates other dogs. i've seen her attack 3 dogs that have come up to her - big & small. So I try to warn other pet owners to not let their dogs sniff Lexie. sometimes they're like "oh so and so won't hurt a fly, he's just curious" and i'm all "um you don't understand Lexie will hurt a fly if that fly is another dog so I'm trying to pull her away please do the same to yours"
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Personally I live in an apartment complex. They have size restrictions on dogs but the manager doesn't enforce them. I cringe when I see this gal with her Great Dane taking her dog for a walk, she seems to have control but I cannot think of anything as cruel as keeping a big dog cooped up in a 750Sq.foot apartment and then taking the poor hound out for a twenty minute walk, maybe more on the weekend. That's just sad.

One guy was waking his Pit Bull one night, off leash, and it decided it wanted to try and take a bite out of me. The owner was between us and managed to grab his dog's collar before he could get to me. One of the reasons I carry pepper spray, (at the least), where ever I go anymore.

My folks live in senior housing apartments. There are a lot of people that have lap-dogs and they feel you need to get down and pet their pooch or socialize with them. My mom noticed that A LOT of these dogs are not very well taken care of. The dogs will get a brush every now and then but rarely a bath and sometime the dog can be terribly smelly and Add to that the simple fact that your pets can transfer germs like the latest cold or flu going around, socializing can be a hazard to people that are old. Since my folks stopped socializing with other people's pets they get sick far less often. Some people are taken aback but they forget it isn't personal. I pointed out to this one fellow who didn't like that I refused to pet his little dog, "it's not personal." I also mentioned while his dog was licking his face that the last thing his dog was licking was it's own anus. The guy was being a bit of a curmudgeon. (It did, just before the guy wanted me to socialize with it.)
Most people are responsible with their pets but the ones who aren't screw it up for everyone. You also have to accept that some people just don't like dogs or cats or most any pets.


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I agree. It's also completely irresponsible when the owner's and other people blame a dog for an incident. Like what do you expect? They're animals with their own mindsets. They can be trained, but they will act upon instinct. They don't know any better. Psychology between humans and animals are incredibly different.
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Posted 7/24/14
Don't care.
Posted 7/24/14
personally don't like it when people don't pick up their pet's wastes on your lawn.
or when they leave their cats out at night, and they come and sh*t on your lawn... ugh.
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