Bruiser, Susan & Stereotyping

I introduced Bruiser earlier in the week, and as puppy parents (meaning we are utterly obsessed with inflicting out little darling upon you all), here's another photo.


No expensive colour coordinated collar/leash combination nor any amount of frufru can disguise the fact that he is 'one of those'.  Yes, although quite Staffy looking on a glance at his brindle, a practiced eye notes the long legs & ears of an American Pit & the broad nose of an English Bull Terrier and the breadth of chest from all of them. He epitomises the stereotypical look media have demonised.  Gorgeous boy.

These days I'm mainly attired in the Bogan uniform of jeans sneakers & a hoodie (hey it's not the winterless north here ya know), with matching Bloke. Add to that a Bruiser & the moderately dressed are clutching their (in my experience dangerous) small children & designer fluffies across the road.

Yesterday I lunched at the Karori Park Cafe with Al & with Bruiser (leashed & sitting with his chew toy) & received a record number of up/down looks before the facial setting made mouth like anus ( pronounced with a Kazakhstani accent ar-nooo-ss, the term comes to you compliments of Borat and best applied to the looks of disapproving ex-mother-in-laws).

While I don't for a moment believe today's rant will ever be read or considered by these types (check out my reverse stereotyping), facts are training and socialising is the key to good dogs - not breed.  Dog breeds that have been demonised and are now unwelcome in public are more likely to be desired by those people who I'd prefer to not be welcome in public.
Some Facts on this claim -

Dog control officer Cole says, "Sure, everyone thinks it's those dangerous breeds causing trouble but that is definitely not always the case. You'll get these phone calls about a dangerous dog and someone will say it's a staffie or a pitbull and you'll get there and it's a labrador.
"When people are afraid, they see what they want to see. The majority of dogs don't have a bad bone in their body, the others are shithead dogs with shithead owners. Some people shouldn't even own goldfish.  "Behind every bad dog, there is a bad owner. Of course, there is the odd exception because any dog can be put in a position it might react in defence but that's pretty much categorical."

So Ladies, Gentlemen & Bogans, that 'scary' dog out in public on its leash is learning to be a social part of its community - please ensure you do too.


  1. Well put. Got a call from the Hutt Council yesterday. Someone had complained about Girl running and barking on the beach. Could I exercise some consideration. And here I was thinking I was being a responsible owner by exercising my dog. Seems exercising consideration and my dog are incompatible. Another of those 'types'.


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