Sunday, 4 January 2009

Dogs and Doctor Who

A rant today and not hospital or NHS related.

I took my dog out this morning, nothing unusual there but while we were out we met other people with their dogs. Now, my dog is a very timid thing and runs away at the sight of bigger dogs - she is also a bully and intimidates smaller dogs - and to make matters worse she is in season at present. These people were allowing their dogs to run around in a pack with no control at all with the result that I had to curtail her walk a bit and go in a different direction to what I wanted, I have met these people before, they think it is all right for their dogs to chase other dogs, "They're only playing" is the cry. Sorry, but they are not, they are pack animals and they will attack single dogs. I once had a large dog steal my dog's ball, it's owner then spent about 10 minutes chasing it around the park shouting "Good boy, come here now" but not actually doing anything. Eventually I lost the plot and shouted at her that "he is not a good boy and all you are doing is reinforcing his behaviour! Control him NOW!" As you can imagine this did not go down well and I was the bad one as he was only young - but he was off the lead. If you can't control your dog don't take them off their leads!

I grew up with Doctor Who, my doctor was William Hartnell, and I remember watching the first episode in 1963. I watched them all every week but as I grew older and during Jon Pertwees' time I lost interest completely and would only watch intermittently. I liked the new series with Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant because of some very good stories and good acting. But, I wonder if the new Doctor, Matt Smith will be able to cut the mustard? He looks far too young to have the gravitas of someone 900 years old but time will tell. A comment I have read here from BBC insider Pickwick asks if there is a love interest will we be having Hollyoaks in space?

5 comments:

cellar_door said...

My mum has the same problem with inconsiderate dog owners. Her terrier has been attacked numerous times by dogs (including rottweilers and dobermans) off their leads...their owners have no control over them. Really scary...

grumpyoldwoman said...

When my middle two were tiny and in a double-buggy they had a bull mastiff manage to jump up onto their laps and snarl in their faces. I slapped the dog with great force and it fell off and the owner turned on me. I told him firmly that if he couldnt control his dog then he shouldnt own it. I have never let my children jump all over dogs and I dont expect dogs to jump all over my children.

gab said...

it really upsets me that people dont do the right thing by their dogs. To me thats almost like abuse of animals. Im glad I dont have a dog right now as I dont have enough money to care for it properly. My two cats get by mainly cause they stay indoors. But I made sure I have pleanty of toys and some grass and catnip that I grow myself to keep them happy. They have run of house. I also make sure that they get their shots as well. I have to save up to do it but they get them. They are like my children to me

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