What would you do if you saw someone punching their dog in the head , jerking the creature off of its feet by its lead and shouting at it? I might add that the dog was a friendly young English Bull Terrier (I know it was friendly because ten minutes earlier I had met the dog on the towpath). I was horrified and appalled by this brutality and shouted at the owner, " Don't hit the dog, please don't hit the dog!" He stopped hitting the dog. He then proceeded to march up to me as I closed lock gates, snarling and swearing as he came dragging the dog with him. "What ju mean, you f**king bitch, it's a f**king Bull Terrier .......you f**king fat bitch, I should punch you ..."
And on and on it went, every other word began with F or C. I was threatened with fists, an opportunity to test out my swimming in the canal, and the man's take on dog training.
He marched off eventually, swearing as he went.
I kept having to remind myself that this man was a human being, just like me and worthy of respect. I was conflicted; my reaction to his gross aggression and particularly his cruelty towards a dumb animal was that I would dearly like to exterminate him, preferably as painfully as possibly.
I obviously need to lose a bit of weight as well...