Big Black Bully


This isn't my artwork, obviously, but I thought it was worth sharing.

This isn’t my artwork, obviously, but I thought it was worth sharing.

I like dogs, but I’m not a dog person. I’m a cat person. Cats are like eight year old children: just mature enough to stay home alone, but they still want to sit on your lap sometimes. Dogs are like five year old children: adorable, loving, HIGH ENERGY, and a lot of work.

So I like dogs, but I’m not a dog person.

Fortunately for me, dogs don’t seem to know this. There are a handful of dogs around town that I “say hi” to whenever I run past them. One is a German Shepard guard dog at a company that rents party and film equipment. He comes running whenever I make kissing noises as I pass the gate. One of them is a Pit Bull mix that is someones pet who is just often out in the back yard when I run by. They are both sweethearts and trot right up to the fence when they see me; not because they think I’m a threat- they never bark or growl at me- they just want to say hi and I don’t mind stopping and telling them they are being a good dog.

I probably ought to be afraid of these dogs. They are big dogs and are considered “bully” breeds; but the dogs don’t know that so I pretend that I don’t know it either and it makes both of us happy to see each other. But it makes me feel sad too because I know that many people are afraid of big dogs, black dogs and dogs of bully breeds. These are the dogs that have the least chance of being adopted from a shelter: because who wants a big, black bully?

Well, I know I would. I’m not in a position to own a dog, but if I did have one I wouldn’t mind having a big black bully dog. Why? Because I am a woman and a runner. I like to run alone and sometimes my running can take me quite far from home. Though I usually try to be very cognizant of my surroundings I realize that running alone has a certain element of risk attached to it. Running with a dog might be a deterrent to someone who might otherwise mistake me for an easy target.

I wish there were a program that connected runners- specifically women runners- to animal shelters to “loan” out dogs as running companions. There’s really no down side: the shelters would have regular volunteers to exercise their animals. The dogs would get regular exercise and socialization, and the runners would have companionship and possibly protection while they train.

Does anyone know if this kind of program exists? Or are you an animal shelter looking for a way to reach out to people and let them know the struggles of the big black bully dogs? Maybe this is the idea you have been looking for. BY ALL MEANS STEAL IT! I will be your first volunteer. Lets make this happen.

~ by Gwydhar Gebien on February 17, 2013.

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