|Zoe in her new t-shirt.|
Part of it is her size. Being 90 pounds, she's a lot for other dogs to deal with. Many times, they get overwhelmed by her size and panic, causing Zoe to overreact.
Obviously, she can get along well with other dogs. Just look at how she interacts with her pug sister. They love each other and play extremely well together. She's also made friends with the ridgeback that lives across the hall from us. But it involves time and patience, things we don't necessarily have when going for a walk or potty break.
|Zoe and Emma, puppy kisses!|
But too many times, I've seen a happy play time go wrong with her. She doesn't understand her size and that while little dogs can bark and yip and sound playful, her barks sound threatening and scare other dogs and their owners. Once the other dog acts aggressive towards her, she pins it to the ground and growls at it. Thankfully, she's not a biter.
My wish for Zoe is that someday she could prove to us that she could be trusted to play, or even simply greet, the other dogs that we encounter on our daily walks. I feel terrible depriving her of these play times but we just can't take the risk.