‘Dog owners come out nipping and snarling’
10:15am Wednesday 11th July 2012 in Skipper
I have been called many things in my time, from the ridiculous to the sublime. Insults and accusations are like water off a duck’s back to me, but nothing had prepared me for the outlandish vitriol following my column of last week.
Idiot! Liar! Misinformed! Sorry excuse for a journalist! As literally thousands of Staffordshire Bull Terrier owners flooded onto the Packet website to call me every name under the sun.
One sparkling example of wit and intelligence even suggested that I should go back to watching Fox news and said I probably voted for Obama Care, showing a stunning lack of knowledge of basic geography.
However, while I am firm of conviction, never let it be said that your pal the Skipper is not willing to listen, learn and change his mind . Most people pointed out, quite rightly, that dangerous dogs occur in all breeds, and that people should ‘blame the deed, not the breed’.
A Google search showed up heroic examples of the breed, who have risked life and limb to save children, adults and other animals from horrific situations. My conviction wobbled as I read on.
However the one thing that led me to muse whether poor socialization and bad homes are a key factor in why Staffies show up so often in horrific attacks, was the behaviour of the raft of aggressive, bullying, idiotic and unpleasant owners.
I agree with them all, it is not the breed’s genetic fault. With owners like that, many never stand a chance.