Bella Dea wrote:
I think either way, regardless of whether she was kicking out of fear or loathing kicking a dog is a bad bad idea. 1 because it's mean and unnecessary if the dog is doing nothing wrong. 2 because if the dog is acting out, you could get very badly hurt if it turns on you.
Dogs are still animals and are unpredictable, even at their best.
Hey Bella, howzit goin?
you're right, kicking a dog, or anything alive is not a good idea.
however, sometimes when something happens quickly, your leg, arm, hand, foot, entire body will act on instinct to protect yourself.
This is coming from someone who hasn't reached out to purposely strike someone in at least 45 years, and I'm now 52. However, depending on the situation, I can totally see how a person could kick out, slap or hit if they felt threatened.
Cieli didn't want, doesn't want to "confront" the person, so I guess we'll never know the whole story.
However, if I had a dog, and I watched as it ran up to someone really fast, and that person picked up their own dog in a protective fashion, I'd think that person was scared, and could do something unpredictable. Dogs aren't the only things that can be unpredictable, especially when they feel threatened.
Honestly? Based soley on the info we have, if it was my dog (wait a minute, it was Three LARGE dogs doing this) and I saw them run up to someone so they felt compelled to pick up and protect their own animal, I'd be running right behind yelling "Sorry! Sorry! Get DOWN!" If they weren't getting down immediately, and she kicked out, I honestly don't know that I'd be that mad, at least I wouldn't be at that moment.
I'd see someone freaked out and scared, with 3 animals they don't know already acting unpredictably around them, not listening to their master.
A great dane and 2 coon hounds running at me, howling and barking? **** yeah I'd be freaked. I just might not rationally think at that moment "dogs are unpredictable, I better not try to keep the 3 of them from jumping on me, knocking me down, etc." I think I might scream and start to run, which I'm sure would be a bad thing also.
The dogs were doing nothing wrong? They were howling and barking and running en masse up to and old woman. That's not totally right either. In my mind, that's not controlling your animal maybe.