In a common occurrence way that can only otherwise be described as widespread foolishness, walks around my neighborhood with my energetic pups are never completely successful until we have a tally of at least one person or group of people giving us dirty looks and sometimes making hurtful comments. I suppose it is these people’s way of conveying the publicly accepted (and expected) condemnation of us committing the ultimate sin: taking our Pit Bulls out of their prison (house) and setting them on an unsuspecting public. Yikes! So, to combat the dirty looks, nasty comments, and just general meanness that can be encountered when deciding to share your own lovable pup (Pit Bull or any other breed) I have developed four fool-proof ways of slaying these pesky “dragons” and possibly turning them into friendly townsfolk. Feel free to mold and use to your own devices.
1. Artic Glaciers Ain’t Got Nothing On Me: Glare. Glare like it’s going out of style. Glare like it’s the only expression your face knows how to twist into. I know it may seem a little mean and as if you are stooping down to the dragon’s level, but sometimes you need a non-confrontational way of letting someone know that their behavior is not appropriate or accepted. Glaring works. Glaring makes me feel better, like I am the bigger person who got the last word in because I didn’t even say one, just used the power of my stare. It’s a powerful thing.
2. Walk On By: Feeling non-confrontational? Simply don’t care how other people react to your beloved pooch? Good for you. You have reached a level of confidence that I find is attainable for myself on some days, others not so much (which is where #1 comes in handy to have in my repertoire). You are able to just walk on by (don’t stop), walk on by (don’t stop), walk on by (don’t stop)—Oldies but goodies am I right? Anyway, if you truly want to feel like the biggest bigger person who has no time for detracting dragons and their superficial stereotypical beliefs and actions then this way of reacting is for you. Walking by without recognition is the ultimate way of showing another that their actions do not matter, that you are taking your dog for a walk so they need to just deal!
3. Make It Snappy, Comeback Style: Since not all of us humans living on this Earth are so well-equipped with high-rise level confidence and unshakeable maturity that #2 might require (points to self) then there is option #3. Speak up! If someone’s dissing your dog or frowning at your fur-ball then say something. I’ll never forget this one incident when a terrible woman kept harassing me and Theresa when we were at a local park with our dogs. Theresa finally put an end to this woman’s bullying by firing back at her. The woman certainly did not seem to expect this and quickly turned tail. (Read the full story here.) The fact is you are an advocate for your dog, Pit Bull or not. If you feel as if someone needs some correcting in their beliefs and behavior then say something. I’m not saying to obnoxiously push your views onto others, but when people are being truly awful to me simply because I am walking my Pit Bull down the street then something needs to be said. And trust me, slaying your dragons with a well-spoken comeback does wonders to boost one’s confidence in a totally healthy and magnanimous way.
4. Model Behavior: Of course, the best way to truly silence the roaring of dragons and end their reign of terror once and for all is to model good behavior. The best revenge is a life well lived. So, when I am out on a walk with Rosee by my side directing her thousand watt grin at those that would cower away, I simply smile along with her, wish them a “Good morning!” and give Rosee a treat for a job well done. You never know, this could be your otherworldly magic casting its spell to transform said dragons into the respectable human beings they are more than capable of being.
You go brave knights!