I'm not sure whether I was the SS in this situation...
BG: I have two dogs, a beagle named Charlie and a staffy named Buster. I walk them for 30 minutes everyday around out local area, normally on the same route. They are friendly, happy dogs who are not vicious or violent in anyway. They don't socialise a lot with other dogs but they aren't aggressive - they just like saying hello and sniffing butts
Story: The other day I was taking Charlie and Buster for their walk. I walked past a friend's house and he happened to be out mowing his lawn. He stopped and we chatted. I held the dogs close to my body, with them sitting down. I didn't notice a couple walking up on the other side of the road with a small dog, until I felt Charlie tug on my arm. I gave her the sharp tug back, which is what I usually do to discipline them (they normally settle down straight away). Unfortunately, with the angle she was at, she slipped out of her collar and ran across the road. I immediately freaked out and ran across following her, completely forgetting I had another dog attached to my arm. As I got to Charlie, the man started screaming obscenities at me. I slowed down to maintain control of Buster. He and his partner were stamping their feet, screaming at me, kicking at my dog and yanking their dog up by its lead. My dog had been calmly trotting around their dog and getting a good sniff, with no aggression whatsoever, however their behaviour was starting to scare her and she was getting anxious. My friend took Buster and I tried to grab Charlie. Unfortunately, because the couple was making such a fuss, it was really difficult to grab her. I was apologising the whole time. When I finally managed to grab her, I apologised profusely. At this point, the man turned and screamed in my face that I was a bad pet owner and should be ashamed of myself, accompanied by lots of obscenities. Thankfully my friend told the guy to back off and eventually he did. I was so shaken that I had to stop for a few minutes to calm down.
It was the first time she had ever slipped out of her collar, she wasn't aggressive and honestly, they scared her more than she scared their dog. I also felt terrible for their dog, as they kept yanking it up straight by its lead - it kept choking. I would have thought that the logical thing to do would have been to pick their dog up and walk away so I could grab my dog - that's what I've done in similar situations.
I'm wondering though, was I an SS because my dog slipped out of its lead? Maybe I deserved their reaction?