Thursday, 15 May 2008

Big, scary dogs

This post isn't about whether Staffordshire Bull Terriers are nicer than Pit Bull Terriers. I can't tell the difference, and to be honest, I'm not that bothered if there is one.

People have always had big, scary dogs to make themselves appear bigger and scarier to other people.

What's worrying me is that the people I see with big, scary dogs are getting younger and younger, and they are increasingly obviously owning these dogs as a status symbol, and one that is meant to intimidate.

I don't know whether this is a national trend, but to my eyes, it's certainly a local one.

It's a common sight to see groups of kids hanging around by the shops on Ladywell Road. That's fine. I don't want to be one of those who asks for kids to be swept from our streets, far from it.

But if a group of kids has one or more bull terrier-type pooches then my immediate reaction is not a positive one - to the kids, the dogs or where I live.

What concerns me is that this is exactly what the owners of these dogs want. You don't get a bull terrier, stick it on a chain, and leave it across a shop doorway if you want to get on with your neighbours.

Not sure what the solution is, but I'd feel a bit more cheerful if there was one.

I don't blame the dogs. I like dogs.

1 comment:

katekatekatekate said...

There are a couple of problems .....many people call staffys pit bulls, leading to people thinking they are a dangerous dog. All dogs in the wrong hands have the capacity to be dangerous.
And as you say people with dogs are getting younger and younger and less rsponsible.And the whole point of the younger people having these dogs does seem to be a status symbol.
Dont know how this can be stopped though.
All i do know is that my dog is not a status symbol but a valued member of my family and as such has never been tied up outside a shop or treated in any way that i wouldnt treat my children.