I’m Getting Really Annoyed!

normally, this blog would only appear on my A woman, a dog and their world at their feet blog but I’m so annoyed I want everyone to read this.

Please comment!

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This blog entry is quite a rant, I’m sorry to say.

So, my apologies out of the way, I’d like to address today’s pet peeve.

i was in the supermarket earlier today, with Bailey, of course. Bailey, my boyfriend and I were walking down an isle when a woman of Pakistani origin, [can’t be certain which area of Asia specifically] but anyway, she left her child in a carrying thing, [not sure what they’re called] and ran away behind my boyfriend and I because of Bailey. We walked around and saw her again and my boyfriend saw her rush to pick up the child and run away again.

Now, it is notoriously known that people of Pakistani and Bangladeshi origin are terrified of dogs. I want to make one thing clear before people start saying I’m racist, I have no problem with anyone living in the UK, whatsoever! I am friends with many people of varying ethnic origins and my grandfather was Polish so I’m not of pure English descent myself. But, what I do not understand, being a person of logical mind and common sense, is how anyone could run away, sometimes screaming from any service dog. Many times I have known of people of the same origin as this lady to run and hide from Bailey. I often ask myself, why? I mean, I’m pretty certain he doesn’t look as though he’s about to tear a leg off or eat their children and yet certain people, because of their culture or religious beliefs, I’m not sure which run away, hide and make a ridiculous, big deal of my guide dog walking by them. I’m sorry, but he has as much right to be in a supermarket/shopping mall/street as anyone. He’s assisting me. Does it not occur to these people who run and scream and overreact that guide dogs association/the government would not allow a dangerous dog to guide a blind person? Do they not realise that by jumping around, screaming like a banshee that Bailey might just think you’re playing with him and get excited, thus making him look boisterous? Do they not consider that by just simply walking by him and ignoring him, they will not cause a reaction? I’d love the answers to my questions. And if anyone could possibly provide them, then please do!

I’m completely tired of seeing people of a certain ethnic origin just running or screaming or making a huge deal of getting away from my dog. I’ve occasionally seen people avoid exiting a doorway that I’m about to enter because of Bailey and it is getting old. I can’t abide it because it is senseless, not to mention illogical! You come to live in a country like the U.K where we worship dogs, bring them into our homes and are generally a dog loving nation. We utilise dogs for many reasons; police dogs, army search dogs, guide dogs, dogs for the disabled and deaf, sheep dogs and four out of that list can be seen in Britain’s streets or any public area. If those people don’t wish to come across a dog, may it be a service dog or merely a pet, can I suggest they don’t venture in any of the places where those dogs are permitted to go. Harsh you may say, but is it nice for my dog to hear people screaming down his ears? I think not! You could suggest I’m being an overprotective guide dog owner, but what would you people do if they started screaming at your children? Acting like they were demons? Something needs to be done in this country. Maybe the citizenship test should not just contain useless questions about things that happened centuries ago. Things that most of the british public don’t know about anyway. Maybe the test should ensure people wishing to live in our country are aware of our customs and beliefs. Teach them about how we use animals to aid our disabled citizens and how we love our dogs and cats instead of informing them that Henry VIII had six wives and how he brutally killed one of them. Or how his son had sickle cell disease. How is that useful to immigrants? Teach them about how well trained guide dogs/dogs for the deaf and disabled are and how well they work when in harness.

In my opinion, their reactions to my guide dog are unfounded. He’s gentle, well trained, and I feed him well enough so he’s not after their flesh. If you choose to live in a country where we try to better our disabled people’s lives by giving them dogs to better their independence, then you have no right to scream at those dogs. They are merely working and doing their duties. So leave our poor dogs to do what they’re good at, provide a priceless service to their owners.

Marie

I am 29 and feel like I have more blogs than I care to think about. That's where Life without sight has come into it. I finally have grown up and stepped into the hosting world. Lets see how this goes :)

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