Poppy and I were at the animal eye clinic this morning, having some tests done. We were waiting to be called back in to the examination room, when a woman came in with a large young bulldog. He was very boisterous and playful, 10 months old, strong as an ox. He really wanted to play with Poppy. The woman assured me he wasn't aggressive - I said I could see that, and he and Pops sniffed each other in a friendly fashion. After that, he didn't seem able to calm down. The woman had him on a long lead, and he jumped around her and wound the lead around her leg while she filled out some forms. Then he leapt towards us, and nearly pulled her over. She shouted at him, but continued with the forms, the lead still around her leg. Again he jumped and nearly dragged her over. At this she lost her rag, yelled at him, grabbed him by his cheeks, pulled him up and yelled into his face, pushed him down and slapped him several times. The dog cowered on the floor with his eyes closed. I said something like "there's no need to hit him", upon which she replied that she wouldn't hit her dog! I said I just saw it with my own eyes, and she replied he's a bulldog and needs firm handling. I said I didn't think any dogs need their cheeks pulled or to be hit, that any dog can be trained with positive methods... upon which she told me in no uncertain terms to mind my own business... The vet swiftly intervened and took her and poor (though it has to be said, badly mannered) Sparky off into another room... I am very glad I spoke up. I was really horrified. If she slaps and shouts at her dog like that at the vets, what do you suppose her training is like in private? As far as Bulldogs go, he was a handsome specimen (if you like that sort of thing), and was obviously there for health screening for breeding purposes. Not a very nice experience at all.