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Feeding Angry Dog With Treats

One day, after lunch with my kids, we were walking past a pet shop near our home and I decided to go in. For some of you, you might have known about the fact that we, the three of us, have a deep love for puppies and overall general cuteness! I have been contemplating for YEARS ON END about whether we can have an additional family member and right to this day, the commitment continues to scare me. And I am, unfortunately, not really a cat person.

Anyway, we went in and I saw a bunch of treats for dogs and grabbed a few. Quite random is Marsha.

The guards outside of my apartment complex 'rare' a couple of dogs, a mother and son dog. Bear in mind, these dogs aren't your regular puppies or home pets. They are raised by the guards, sleep in the shed, sometimes consistently drenched by the rain and are not pampered, taught to shake hands, play dead or even sit.

They have a tendency to bark and chase people off.

SO! What the hell I was thinking is beyond me. I wanted to be nice to the dogs. The first time I did it, I did not alight the car and just throw some of the goodies out to the dogs. They were curious but ate it, nonetheless.



The second time, I actually walked out of the car and personally gave the dogs the goodies. Playing around with these 'almost street' dogs is not recommended. I actually teased the mother dog for a bit and she came around and bit me in the lower leg. Not a gentle bite.

But don't worry, nothing happened. I was wearing jeans. Was I mad at the dog? Intimidated and taken aback, yes. Let's look at it this way....the dog is not a trained home pet, it is a dog that sort of wanders around and is probably hungry and scared all the time. Yes, they have the company of the guards and stuff like that, but still, you don't expect them to lick your fingers. Unless you don't want your fingers anymore and then that's fine. LOL.

The good thing is that the dogs sort of recognizes me now. Sure, I keep a distance and throw the treats out but so far, they've not growled at me or looked at me like I was a threat to them.

I think I am winning them over. Hahaha....

Anyway, some animals are scared, not fierce or they have never been exposed to compassion or trust or love, for that matter.

I won't be feeding the treats to random strays, not that I don't want to, but what if they all followed me home. For someone who is still contemplating a pet dog, this would completely destroy my thinking and contemplating process (which has been going on for years). Maybe it should be shattered. I don't know. I will come around in good time.

Hope you had a great Monday,
Marsha

Picture source: My Instagram
Written by:  Marsha Maung
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