Never Judge a book by its cover !

My week end was spent cleaning and preparing for some friends coming to stay at Bridies Cottage with their dogs.

In between all the hard work, I did manage to get a bit of chillaxing in, and on Saturday morning took the short spin into Clonakilty.

One the way in I noticed a neighbour was out walking with a new dog. It was a young German Shepherd, which was off lead and was not wearing a muzzle.

In the town I seen a man walking with a Staffordshire Bull Terrier on lead, and shortly afterwards this man was being stopped by a Guard who was out on foot patrol.

When their “conversation” was finished I took it upon myself to ask this man the reason for being stopped, and as I suspected it was due to the fact that the dog was not wearing a muzzle in a public place.

Now before I go any further, I should explain that the gent in question was not your mainstream everyday kind of guy. He had quite a few tattoo’s which were matched in number by the various body piercings.

The dog was a beautiful example of the breed, and at 4 months of age had a temperament to die for. It was clear to see that his owner was taking care of his needs 100% and by walking him around town at a busy part of the day, was making sure that he came face to face with lots of different sounds, smells and experiences, ensuring that he would grow up to be a role model for the breed.

Now in my opinion, there was no difference in the two sets of dog related instances I came across that morning.

According to the CONTROL OF DOGS REGULATIONS,1998 both breeds must be muzzled whenever they are in a public place.

The point is though, that both dogs were under the strictest of control, and neither of them were a danger to either animal or human, but due to LOCATION and maybe the look of the person at the other end of the lead, the Staffordshire was picked on.

WHEN will the powers that be realise, that you can’t paint any dog, (or owner for that matter) of a certain breed with the same brush, and in fact all of the dog breeds that fall under the umbrella of these regulations when bred responsibly and given the correct training from the outset, are far less likely to cause an injury, than a spoilt under socialised lap dog.