Sitting here, looking at my sweet little dog enjoying the sunshine, it is hard to believe that this is the same snarling, whirling beast that was on the walk earlier today. Fievel seems to think that he must alert me to every danger on the planet. He is an equal opportunity barker. Race, gender, sexuality, age, and socio-economic status are no barriers to barking. He knows that a poor black lesbian is just as dangerous as a middle-class white man. Here are some groups that Fievel finds particularly dangerous. I'm informing you because they may be in your neighborhood, and you should be on the lookout.
1. Dogs within a 7 mile radius
2. Children, particularly babies in strollers
3. Old people
5. People on wheeled conveyances (bikes, scooters, skateboards)
6. People who have difficulty walking (i.e. they require a cane)
7. People who have a pleasant manner and are nice toward him
9. Grocery shoppers (who KNOWS what's in those bags?!?!)
10. Things that move or flap in the wind, such as flags, garbage bags, and tarps
11. People who do yard work
Our neighborhood is especially dangerous because some of these groups like to gang up. Old people and children specifically, will frequently join together to terrorize the community. Sometimes they even invite people on wheeled conveyances along. It's a real menace, I tell you.
Of course, the irony in all this is that he views everything completely differently inside the house. A burglar could break in, and as long as he wasn't carrying a vicious baby or wielding a cane, Fievel would be happy to greet him. "Are you here for the jewels? Great! They're over there with the dog treats."
Other people are happy to tell us that it's a training issue. Well thank for the input, but we took him to training and he still misbehaves. I blame his previous owners for poor doggie socialization techniques. At this point, Ethan and I are looking looking forward to buying a house with a yard to solve the problem. Preferably a ranch. With a moat. And a 10 foot wall.