I am so upset right now you guys and I need your help.
I need to know what I did wrong here. I’ll explain the situation and then give my thoughts of what I should have done.
Jayden and I went out for our morning walk in the complex. We got to the mail and then I directed him across the parking lot to the sidewalk. He was pulling so I told him steady. I didn’t hear anything ahead. Then all of the sudden there’s growling and snarling and I froze. I instantly just dropped and put my hands in front of Jayden’s chest. Then I started screaming “hello???” and finally I heard a person. She said the dog was on leash. She was telling her dog it was ok, like it was Jayden that came snarling after her dog. I laughed nervously and said I didn’t know if there was a person. I really thought she was would understand and maybe, oh I don’t know, be kind about it? Instead she’s like, he’s on leash, he’s just a puppy. Again I said I had no way of knowing a human was there. Her dog just kept barking and she’s like, stop barking, all calm like. She made no attempts to tell me it was safe, that I could go around, nothing.
So I turned Jayden around but my orientation was off and we ended up on the wrong side of the mail. Luckily a little old lady was there with her little rescue dog. She’s usually pretty nice. But she’s like, don’t come this way.
What?? I just dropped again trying to fight tears. Finally she was like, it’s ok, you’re just on the wrong side of the mail. My dog is a rescue dog, I can’t move very fast, do you want to go ahead of me?
I was fighting panic, trying to catch my breath and told her I just got all messed up with that dog. She said, I know, that was bad. She asked how we were doing aside from that and I just broke down.
There’s stuff going on not at all related to Jayden, but I’ll share on that in a few weeks. I knew I shouldn’t have gone out this morning. But I thought I was just being lazy so I pushed through it.
We made our way back home and I got calmed down a little but bouts of sobbing keep overtaking me.
Here is what I didn’t do because I was just so shocked and surprised. I didn’t give a leash correction, I didn’t make Jayden sit. I didn’t do those obedience things to get his focus back. I just completely froze and forgot everything. Jayden stayed under control though, once the dog started snarling Jayden stayed put.
When I initially felt him pulling, I should have stopped and listened to see what he was going after, but it was so quiet. And my friend Lish lives right there too, so I thought maybe he saw her. She tends to be quiet so she doesn’t distract me.
What else should I have done? Was I wrong? The woman was horrible. She shoed no compassion to the fact that I’M FREAKING BLIND!! How was I supposed to know that dog wasn’t wild???
Ugh, it was horrible. What should I do in the future when we get to that spot. Listen really hard? Should I call my apartments and tell them what happened? I want to educate people. What do you expect me to do?
I might just be over emotional right now, but I really want to know for next time, and I need to know I wasn’t totally wrong, or that my dog was behaving badly. He was, a little bit, but nothing horrible. Just pulling. I should have stopped that immediately.
Ok, needed to get that out. Thanks.