It was last Tuesday and Toby’s grandpa decided to take him for an evening walk. Because I wasn’t going to be home till late he figured he would tucker the little boy out. As they were walking down the middle of the street, a small 5 pound ball of fluff came running out of a house, teeth bearing and growling.
The dog went right for Toby’s leg. Toby just froze, not knowing what to make of the situation. (Remember, this is a dog who will only play in the big dog park) Luckily, his grandpa quickly scooped him up and yelled at the other dog, before it could do damage. A woman came out of the house and casually called the dog back to her, never saying a word to Toby’s grandpa about her dog’s behavior.
This is the third dog attack in this particular neighborhood, and they were all by small dogs — which brings me to the point that the breed of a dog doesn’t always matter and their attitude can really come down to each specific dog, as well as how they were raised.
It is why breed specific legislation is not the way to go.
Breed specific legislation, or BSL, “is the blanket term for laws that either regulate or ban certain breeds completely in the hopes of reducing dog attacks,” according to the ASPCA. Many times pit bulls, some terriers, German Shepherds and
Maggie Marton, of the blog Oh My Dog! is on a campaign to end BSL in Denver, the home of BlogPaws West. Maggie owns a
Staffordshire bull terrier mix, who is a therapy dog and because of the ban is not allowed to go to the dog-friendly conference of more than 300 pet bloggers and writers.
Maggie is taking the reigns of My Tail Hurts From Wagging So Much tomorrow to tell you about BSL and why it needs to be ended in Denver. Make sure you stop back again Tuesday to hear her story.