January 30, 2012  

Stubby lived his life on a chain until one day he broke free and ran away. A Good Samaritan found him and brought him to the shelter. Now his real story begins…

Guys, I’m still studying for my CGC (Canine Good Citizen.) My family thought I’d breeze through the next three test points:

Sitting politely for petting? No problem! (Okay, no problem when I realized that you’re not supposed to jump on people you like. I have a difficult time playing hard-to-get.)

Appearance and Grooming? I’m a pit bull! Of course I’m naturally attractive. (I also think I smell good, especially when I get gassy. Marnie and Lily disagree, but Matt is 100% on my side.)

Then there’s walking on a loose leash outside. Marnie and Lily were working with me when we jumped ahead to “Reacting to Another Dog.”

First of all, I want to say in my defense: I WAS FRAMED!

One of the tenants in our apartment complex thinks that his dog, Otto, doesn’t have to be on a leash. I guess Otto is special because he’s all of 10 pounds (but when he barks at me – which is every time he sees me – he sounds like he’s at least 15 pounds. I guess a loud bark adds five pounds.)


Marnie and Lily were working with me with treats and Otto decided that he wanted some treats, too. I’ve never met Otto up close and personal – every time his owner, Andy, sees us he picks up Otto because he thinks that I’m going to “eat him.” Why would I eat Otto? Otto isn’t food!

But today Otto was a little too fast for Andy, and he made a beeline for my treats. Andy started yelling and ran over to us. Marnie put me in a “sit” and had me focus on her, but it was soooo difficult with Otto barking in my face! Otto finally lunged at me and so I barked at him.

I didn’t lunge at him or break my sit or even show him my teeth, I just barked. I wanted him out of my face and he wasn’t getting the message. Andy scooped up Otto and yelled at Marnie and Lily, saying that I was “out of control!” while Otto growled and lunged at me from Andy’s arms.

Thankfully the landlord saw the whole thing and told Andy that there was a leash law and Otto had to be on a leash while in common areas of the complex. Andy walked away angry. Marnie went inside and made the landlord peanut butter cookies.

Does this sort of thing ever happen to you? What did you do?

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5 Responses to “(RE) ACTION!”
  1. HollyBrunell says:

    This happened at our home a few times. A neighbor has a pit that is not dog-friendly (she has major fear aggression from her own past). Thankfully they figured it out and started keeping her on a leash. Now we just try to avoid having both dogs out at the same time…

  2. BetseyHench says:

    I miss the stubster!!!!

  3. BabkaBars says:

    Oh my… you know, I am only 26 pounds myself (and am not so good when it comes to distractions like other dogs and squirrels and chickens and lizards (see?). I have also found a couple of owners in my ‘hood who like to pick up their little munchkins because they think I am too big (seriously… 26 pounds) and too feisty (I’m only a year and a half old, my Lady Servant’s office is bor-ring during the day and I  like to play. Is that so wrong???) Anyway, I feel your pain and I think you rock!

  4. sillyfox4lyfe says:

    @ Stubbydog, when are you going to post a new blog???