Hey It’s Jet Here.
We need some guidance today regarding a situation that occurred earlier in the week. Here’s the scenario:
We went out for our evening constitutional hoping to finish before the fireworks began. Mom disconnected Little Miss Adjustable Leash’s six foot option to a four foot option so Ruby could walk JJ. Ruby had joined us a few days in a row and did a great job with Little Miss Happy Happy. Ruby even scoops my poop in addition to JJ’s!
Little background… of late, when Ruby feels like she cannot control JJ, she hands the leash over to Mom speedy quick or sits down. Every now and then, she lets go, however, she knows that’s not a safe idea and tries hard not to.
Ok, back to the walk… Mom wore her usual flashlight and off we went, exit left. We’ve taken Ruby this way often and due to the holiday, the streets had less traffic than usual. We crossed the canal, made a left, then the first right. (We live in suburbia.)
More background… on the next corner lives a middle aged man who keeps lots of feral cats. He spends many nights outside sitting, drinking and chatting with his friends. Mom, Miss Mary Ann, Miss Beverly and the pack have passed them many a time, say hi and chat. The gentleman has even refilled Rachel’s flat bicycle tires! Little Miss Cat Chaser and I do bark when the ferals run across the lawns and at times pull Mom really hard. Sometimes, Mom turns onto that street and sometimes she continues another block.
Ok, back to the walk. As we approached that corner house, JJ spotted a cat before me and Mom and Ruby screamed and let go of the leash. JJ zoomed after that feline and the men started shouting. I got quite excited and Mom couldn’t snatch JJ because she was trying to manage me. The feline was zooming around which intuitively created the urge to chase. One of the men grabbed JJ and brought her to Mom and me.
The Homeowner started yelling in a threatening manner that Mom’s dog better not EVER do that again and cursed a bit. Mom tried to yell over an apology and that Ruby got scared and let go. Ruby felt horrible and worried she did something naughty. The Homeowner kept yelling. The feline was unhurt and never touched. (Oh, this Homeowner has a fully fenced in yard, which is NOT where this feline was.)
Mom was concerned that Ruby thought that everything was her fault, so, quickly, while tightly holding both JJ and I, kept walking towards home. Mom felt angry that the man spoke meanly to Ruby, cursed in front of Ruby and seemed to forget he and Mom knew each other. Mom wanted to step away for a bit and decide how to handle the next meeting with the Homeowner.
Mom’s info and thoughts:
- We’ve lived with cats, however, outside running cats feel different.
- The neighbors have repeatedly asked this Homeowner to trap and neuter if he intended to keep the quickly growing colony. Refused to the best of our knowledge and several of the felines have been run over.
- This feline was outside the gated yard; if inside, Mom would accept total responsibility.
- Mom could have asked for JJ’s leash in this area, although Ruby had walked with JJ in this area many times before without incident.
- Mom was bothered most by the Man’s harsh reaction to Ruby.
- When a loose feline runs free, many dogs will instinctively chase and that should be understood by Homeowner.
- Mom didn’t see the cat due to darkness and therefore didn’t prepare for or anticipate the situation.
Another sensitive experience day.
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