"The dog is a gentleman; I hope to go to his heaven, not man's." – Mark Twain, Letter to W D Howells, 4/2/1899


Every day my dogs and I walk past the demonstration outside the Tecoma McDonalds site.

Sometimes it is a bit difficult to get by as the demonstrators tend to clog up the temporary footpath but this is only a minor inconvenience and it is not long before we are on our way again.

This week however things got a bit nasty.

Two days in a row we encountered demonstrators with dogs.

I remembered  that I had read a pamphlet put out earlier by the organisers where they advised people not to bring children or dogs to the planned demonstrations.

Very wise, I thought at the time.

Obviously some people didn’t read the memo.

The first day that we encountered problems it was in the form of a medium sized dog attached to a small boy. Double whammy!

The medium size quadruped took a dislike to Honey and tried to bite her. She put up a good defence and no dog was harmed.

I was a little annoyed and suggested to the crowd that dogs and kids at a demo were not a good idea.

My words were met with glassy stares.

No-one came forward to claim the child or the dog.

Day two saw a much larger dog attached to a light weight female.

Said female had no control over her dog and struggled to hold it and her sign at the same time.

Here’s the thing; our dogs will follow us wherever we go.

They do not understand that if trouble breaks out a small child or a skinny female  are not ot going to be able to protect them.

Our dogs look to us for leadership, and putting them into a position where they can be injured is unacceptable.

If you want to drag your children along to a demonstration that’s your business, but please leave your loyal dog at home.

If he bites someone it is not you who will pay with their life.


3 responses

  1. Reblogged this on araneus1 and commented:



    July 26, 2013 at 1:17 am

  2. Ooohh, annoying that. I take a runner`s perspective on it. Bugs me to all hell when people either (a) don`t have a dog on a lead in a public place (b) can`t control a dog, anyway and (c) tell me “Don`t worry, he won`t bite”. Meh!

    And kids? With all that traffic? And nastiness? Hanging around, even for an hour or two in that aggro?

    Now, I`m not sympathetic to McDonald`s either. I`m not sure they`re fast food system did waistlines, the agricultural system or the environment any favours. Though I`ll still murder a Big Mac maybe twice a year. And I bet those kids will too when they get the chance.


    July 26, 2013 at 7:07 am

    • I too love the “don’t worry he won’t bite”……….. which just shows that most owners are either in denial or they know nothing about body language!
      My son thinks my reaction to the Maccas thing is hilarious. He know that I could live without one in my little town but he also knows that I hate hypocrites [hate sounds a little harsh, let’s say dislikes intensely]. So I find myself defending Maccas’ right to carry on a business they have jumped through hoops to achieve. They followed the law and now they are going to supply low cost food [with dubious health results] and provide a shit load of jobs in a town where it is needed.
      I’m planning to be there on opening day [but I might hide behind my ‘newspaper’ credential.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment…………off to watch some more movies!


      July 27, 2013 at 12:21 am

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