People who kick dogs are cowards, let’s face it. Unless the dog is attacking you or a loved one, or a helpless person nearby, in which case you are within your rights to kick the dog.
It is the kind of dogs people usually kick that shows best what such people are made of. Do you think Mastiffs are often kicked? The only people who kick large, powerful dogs are those cowards so filled with rage and hatred that they have a powerful, large caliber gun in the other hand as they kick the dog. The same “equalizer” the overseer always had at hand when whipping slaves on the rich guy’s plantation.
The typical dog kicker’s dog? A small, sad-eyed dog who cannot fight back. A little terrier, a Chihuahua, a toy poodle.
I’ve taken a vow of nonviolence. It is a hard vow to keep in a violent world filled with enraged acting-out cowards. That worm who kicked me on the train the other day– if he did it out of clumsiness, why not say “sorry”? If too oblivious or enraged to have second thoughts after solidly kicking a sleeping man’s ankle, the best remedy for such behavior is a quick tug on the kicker’s head and a sudden jerk of the face to the subway door. Bam!
This will possibly deter the man the next time, make him think twice before booting a man thirty years his senior (perhaps I reminded him of the father he always hated). More likely it will only cause him to seek smaller dogs to kick, maybe even blind ones.
The cycle of rage and violence cannot be corrected by violence, of course, though it is the only language spoken by many in a violent society like ours. True mildness, coupled with unfailing directness, is a better corrective– though very fucking hard to practice.