The frantic shepherd suddenly broke away from its owner and headed straight towards my little dog. I was so busy getting treats out of my ziploc baggie, I had no idea what was going on, I just heard the trainer firmly say “Daisy”..”pick up Daisy right now;” and I did.
Just another cold (and very rainy) night at our Canine Good Citizen Class..
The runaway shepherd was immediately corralled. To be honest, for as neurotic as that animal seems, I have never seen it behave aggressively..it’s just completely freaked out all the time; barking, lunging, panting and upset..plus, the dog is huge. I told my husband I’d be shocked if the poor, worn out owner returned for the next class. I’m no dog whisperer, but his canine obviously has some deeper issues that need to be addressed.
I could not help but think about a person I know who reminds me a bit of this shepherd; always frantic, always negative, always complaining to anyone who will listen. Worst of all this person lashes out with wildly insensitive statements that are clearly designed to cut others right to the bone.
Again, I’m no human whisperer either, but it’s obvious this person is scared. There’s so much uncertainty in her life right now that this is the only way she knows to push back against the chaos. The problem is that, just like in the canine class, people eventually tire of this behavior, especially when it reaches a level where others might get hurt. Sympathy comes in finite amounts and sadly, after a while, even the most empathetic person runs out of it.