by Karma Patrol
We had our first experience of what I would like to call “Dog Rage” on a recent weekend.
I have seen “Dog Rage” at Balboa Dog Park, but this was my first time experiencing it firsthand here in OB.
On this particular past weekend we were out enjoying the late afternoon sun with the dogs at Dog Beach. An un-neutered male dog approached our blanket and attempted to mount my spayed female dog.
My boyfriend “shoo’d” the dog away from the blanket. At no time did either of us touch the dog.
The owner approached my boyfriend verbally threatening violence. He was looking to fight. He stood less then two inches off my boyfriends face, spit flying as he hurled insults and obsenities over us “touching” his dog.
My boyfriend told him, “I didn’t touch your dog, bro.”
This guy had not been watching his dog (had been talking to his friend with his back to the dog as it made its way several yards back down the beach towards our blanket). This guy only saw us waving our arms at his dog and ASSUMED we had touched his dog.
He came seconds away from hitting my boyfriend and at one point, invited him to a fist fight in the parking lot. I am a very small, normally peaceful person, but I had to intervene by shouting over the wind to get him to go away. This kid was pumped up, looking to prove something.
The whole thing left me shaken. For two years we have brought our dogs to Dog Beach on the weekends. Never in a million years would I have thought there would come a day when we would be physically threatened by a fellow dog owner in such a beautiful and serene location.
Dog Beach is for ALL of us to enjoy. To the guy who threatened us, I ask that you remember what we all love about OB–it’s sense of community, sharing and peaceful coexistence.
If the dogs can do it, can’t we?