I’ve been following the posts about the “dog” problem and unfortunately experienced some incidents caused by the “human” problem. But there is also a lot of misinformation and misunderstanding being thrown around in these postings
Ceaser Milan has never ever classified certain breeds as "Red Zone” dogs. On his website and in various articles he has written, he specifically says time and again, that the term “Red Zone” is used to describe behavior and not limited to any specific breed. The “lumping" of breeds in this term has been put out on the Message Board in error. Any dog, large or small can be aggressive if it hasn’t been socialized and trained properly. For those interested, here is a link to his website: https://www.cesarsway.com/dog-behavior/aggression/understanding-aggression. All of the breeds that have been incorrectly “tagged” on this Message Board as “Red Zone Dogs” have been used for years as Service Dogs, and Therapy Dogs because of their gentle temperament and intelligence. Unfortunately, some humans have misused and abused some breeds to the point of near destruction. The fault lies not in the dog, but in the owner.
Now to some of the specific “problems” on our beach. There are a lot of dogs out there, especially at this time of year. Many of these dogs are homeless. They have been born unwanted and abandoned. Most have experienced nothing but harsh words, rocks, and kicks! They know only starvation, fear and pain. I watched as one man sat in his chair and used them for target practice. The dogs were nowhere near him, they were playing harmlessly at the edge of the water. This was not done in self-protection, just an act of cruelty. He claims to be traumatized by a dog, yet he waddled up to me and my German Shepherd standing calmly by my side, and proceeded to tell me that “Gringo dogs” are too stupid to run away. He then continued walking down the beach, throwing rocks at every dog he saw. But enough about him, he’s got his own problems.
As a dog lover, I am concerned for the safety of all the dogs, Gringo, Mexican, and Homeless. I sympathize with the owners whose dogs have been attacked. Even though I have a German Shepherd, believe me when I tell you that I’ve had to protect him from being harmed at times. Sometimes from other dogs, and other times from people who through fear and misconception try to hurt him. I, like the woman who posted, would also do anything to protect my dog.
But the key to solving the problem is not the just talking about it on the Message Board, and it certainly isn’t about rounding up the dogs and killing them. Part of the solution can be assisting in the prevention of more puppies being born unwanted, unloved and abandoned. There is a Spay and Nueter scheduled to be held on Feb. 20 &21 here in La Manzanilla. The goal is to “fix” 100 animals. Do the math folks, at just an average of 4 puppies per litter, 2 litters per year. There is a fund-raiser scheduled for Monday, February 1, 6:30 pm at Figaro’s Restaurant. Tickets are $200.00 pesos and are available at Helping Hands Bookstore, Figaro’s, Café Risa, and Café Calcetin. More information on this fundraiser is posted on flyers around town as well.
One last request, and then I will get off my soap box. Yes, there is an aggressive German Shepherd on the beach and people should be careful. But please realize that this ONE dog is not the only Shepherd that lives here in La Manzanilla. There are 2 or 3 more, that are NOT A DANGER to you or your pet!!
Be cautious, certainly, but please, do no harm!
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