Spring is in the air and the bloemen are blooming. I figured with the sun shining today, I might as well take Pippo, the camera, and myself out for some fresh air and fun. Sadly, the best laid plans of mice and men gang aft agley. The road to hell is paved with good intentions. Be careful what you wish for. And other proverbs and quotes.
What should have been a lovely outing left me a bit shaken. We headed over to the honden toilet area, since the area is covered with lovely flower blooms and I wanted to get a few shots. We calmly meandered around the area, stopping for shots here and there, happily minding our own business. We had moved halfway down the area, just before heading up the slight hill next to the theater. I knew there were a few other people in the area, including a man with a young child and two small terrier dogs. We were far enough away that I wasn’t too concerned at that point.
Of course, Pippo saw the dogs and decided to drop to the ground and watch them. I didn’t want to deal with that, so I pulled him up and grabbed his harness to try and maneuver him up the hill and hopefully leave the other dogs out of sight. Of course, at this point, the two dogs saw us and came running. I held Pippo tight and he was actually fairly calm, even when one of the other dogs started to yap at him. His only reaction was to wag his tail happily. I heard the owner, an older gentleman, yelling, but I thought he was yelling at his dogs to get them to go back to him. I had my bad turned slightly, so I wasn’t really looking at him at first, since I was trying to keep an eye on the dogs to make sure they weren’t going to lunge at Pippo.
When I did finally look up at the guy as he was approaching, I realized that he seemed to be yelling at me! He was scowling and gesturing as if I had done something awful and should leave! May I remind you that my dog, although big, was on a lead and I was holding him firmly in place. My dog was also relatively calm and quiet. This man’s two dogs, on the other hand, were both off lead and had come running up to us and had barked at us. I’m clueless as to what horrible thing I did to deserve the reaction I received.
I’m not even positive he was speaking Dutch, and as he seemed to be walking away, I held my ground and stood still while he walked away. I was feeling a bit shaken up, as I don’t like confrontation, especially when I don’t know what I’m being accused of, but I pulled out the camera and took a few more shots of the flowers, including the one above. I think any blurring in the shots was down to accidentally focusing on the wrong area, rather than shaky hands.
I thought the man had left, but eventually I realized he was on the other side of the hill down by the theater and seemed to be waiting for me to leave. At that point, I was pissed off and annoyed and wasn’t much in the mood to continue on, so we turned around and came home. The guy is an idiot obviously, as we were doing nothing wrong. He might have issues with big dogs, but that’s his problem, not mine. Pippo was leashed and under control at all times. If you don’t like big dogs, keep your little dogs and child away from them. It’s a big enough area that we were no threat. Bah! What a lousy ending to an otherwise lovely afternoon.