Unfortunate Event at the Dog Show

Last Sunday was the second day of the Philadelphia Kennel Dog Show. I  generally take a dog at least one day. It’s a long day for the dogs as it is what is called a benched show and the dogs must be on display all day. Spectators love it. Exhibitors……well, not so much.

I was at the expo center at 8 am, parked and unloading my car. Got my dog’s crate out, my show bag, her water and last, but not least, the dog. As we started toward the building, I heard a man SCREAMING at the top of his lungs at his dog. As I got closer I could see the man with the Belgian Tervuren cowering at his feet. I did not see him hit the dog, though I would not be surprised if he had. But, the fear in this dog and the anger of the man meant I needed to step up to the plate.

I simply told the man to cool it, it wasn’t necessary to yell at the dog and it was inappropriate. He turned and started screaming at me to mind my own business. Really? Humane treatment of animals IS my business. It should be everybody’s business. I asked his name and when he didn’t reply I walked to his car to get the license plate. At that point, this obviously out of control man ran up to me and threatened to beat the crap out of me. I told him I was reporting him and walked with my dog to the venue. Fortunately, there were other people in the parking lot.

The American Kennel Club has protocols in place at shows to deal with everything from unsportsmanlike behavior to animal abuse. The show officials went to the parking lot and found he was gone. I was able to find out his name from other people with the same breed. He did not show up for his dog’s class; obviously he knew he was in trouble. So, with the encouragement of the show committee and friends, I filed a police report. I don’t know what will happen from here.

I just think of that pitiful dog that had to go home with a man with anger issues.  My heart aches that this loser of a person could have other animals at home as well. One person at the show commented that I should have just kept walking. No way. How could I? Could you?