Too big to play:-(Posted: June 25, 2013
I love to play. I don’t mind the age, size or breed of the other dog, I just ask for a willing partner. I can do zoomies, wrestle and play bitey face. I like to consider myself an all-rounder in the play deptartment:-) But something happened in the park yesterday that upset me a little.
Mummy and I had just entered the park when another dog (he was off-lead) approached. His owner called him back but he, who’s name is apparently Rollo, ignored her and decided to sniff me anyway. It was clear we both wanted to play and we soon sprang into dance mode. But his owner told Rollo off, saying he couldn’t play with me as I was on-lead. Mummy then offered to let me off, there was no one else about and she knows how much I love to make new friends. But Rollo’s owner asked her not to because I was too big to play with him!
Mummy was speechless. Rollo was roughly border collie sized (though he was a terrier cross I think) so wasn’t THAT small and he certainly wasn’t intimidated by my size. But she didn’t want to argue to point. The only reason she’d asked first was because we were near the entrance and she’d assumed Rollo and his owner were on their way home and therefore may not have had time.
As mummy and I walked off she whispered to me that Rollo probably had fleas anyway. But we hadn’t got very far when Rollo came pelting behind us, leapfrogged over me and then turned to continue our game. Obviously HE didn’t think I was too big to play with him!
His owner furiously called him back and he reluctantly went. It made mummy laugh though as the reason I’m on-lead most of the time is because off-lead I do exactly what Rollo did and will relentlessly pursue another dog if I think we could be friends. But all too often they are nervous, anti-social or grumpy – and that’s just their owners! So it’s often easier to be on-lead unless we find a quiet spot or find a friend who isn’t size-ist.
I do feel a bit sad now, but at least tomorrow I have doggy class where I’ll see some friends who can see beyond my size.
Have you ever been told you’re too big to play??