Kevin, Socks and I walked downtown one day last weekend on the day of the annual tree lighting and the storefront decorations contest. We went earlier than all the festivities though, just to get a good dog walk in while there weren’t crowds yet. It was fun, and we took a bunch of photos of all the storefronts.
During our winter walks, Socks can get a little cold, so he’ll sometimes walk on 3 legs, allowing one to rest a little or warm up a bit, before using it again (that’s my theory anyway). So he was doing this, and a car stops in the middle of the street after we crossed it, and a lady yells out that the salt is hurting my dog’s feet! She said “you need to clean off his feet!” When we ignored her and kept walking, she jumps out of the car and walks toward us, angry, and says the same thing again. When she finally got real close to us, she reaches for Socks and says “give him to me, I’ll do it!” I picked up Socks right away, and said “No, you’re not touching my dog!” She said “let me clean off his feet, or YOU clean them off!” I said “he’s fine, and you’re not touching him!” She said “If you don’t clean off his feet right now, I’m calling the police!” I said, “you go ahead and call the police, but you’re not touching my dog.” We continued walking and Socks was fine. I knew, if she had touched him, or even tried to, he would have certainly bit her (or me, on accident, in the commotion) so I wasn’t about to let that happen. She stormed back to her car and said “I’m calling them anyway!” I heard her say “Sheesh, stupid people!” as well, as she walked back to her car, which was stopped in the middle of the street.
Whether she called them or not, I don’t know. Sure, maybe she was just concerned about him, how he was walking on 3 feet and we seemed to be ignoring him, I get that. But to us it was just such a startling encounter, she came off as way to demanding and pretty irate. And she has no idea what our dog’s habits are, how he walks normally or anything, she just seemed to assume we were abusing him. We finished our walk and Socks warmed up just fine in the car ride home. Sandy picked up a neat Winter coat for him a few days later though. Won’t help his paws from freezing much, but it’s nice and snug like a thunder blanket, and he seems to like it. It should at least keep him a little warmer on our walks.