Sunday, August 26, 2007

Dumb choices

What is it with people and not allowing themselves to realize that action A might be the sort of bad idea that could bring about consequence B?

For example, I was at a family reunion today. The hosts have a small dog, the breed of which I'm a bit unsure of. It's kind of like a smaller version of a border collie.

Not just one, but two relatives who were well aware of this nearly defenseless little dog thought it would be a good idea to bring their notoriously temperamental blue heelers. The big problem with these heelers is that they get the pack mentality going. With at least four heelers on the smaller dog's turf, this wasn't going to go well.

The dogs were still all around by the time I left, though one particular person put away one of the heelers. The way to protect the smaller dog, of course, was to keep the friendly little thing from wandering his own turf. He did get growly at the other dogs, but from the safe distance we kept him at. It was sad, since the little dog was well-behaved, friendly, and at home, much like the heelers should have been.

What kind of intelligence level does it take to recognize that your sometimes ill-behaved dogs might not be the best things to bring into an environment with small children and a small dog?

1 comment:

Hammer said...

It is unwise and unkind to bring new dogs to unfamiliar territory, It's too stressful for everyone involved. Pretty inconsiderate too.