In the meantime, their two dogs come back up the trail and immediately get a warning from our two to keep their distance. A clueless "I didn't know Salukis were aggressive" from her was next. It's all I could do to give a civil reply along the lines of, "they're not, except when they've just been attacked by your Jack Russell."
Yeah, I'm a big time dog person, and I don't even mind people having their pets off leash (though mine is leashed 95% of the time)... But some people lack common sense.
This isn't 14'er related, but another case-in-point:
I'm at the local off-leash dog park the other day with my 10-month old German Shepherd/Akita mix puppy. My dog loves everything... people, dogs, cats, children, squirels (yeah, she chases them in the back yard, but when she cornered one once she stood there wagging her tail, then rolled over on her back trying to play with it).
Anyway, an aggressive Austraillian Shepherd kept approaching my dog at the dog park, growling the whole time... Naturally, my dog stands there wagging her tail, then the Aussie snaps at her on two seperate approaches. My good-natured, well socialized pup just takes these first two advances/snaps in stride. She even almost whimpered that the other dog wouldn't play ball with her (my dog likes to toss her ball up in the air, then play "chase" with the other dogs... funny really).
Later, this dog approaches again and literally comes up and bites my dog on the snout!!! It was like flipping a switch... My dog had it with the abuse at this point, and floored this Aussie in a split second. I run in and grab her out of a dog fight that she was obviously about to violently win (for the record, I've learned that pulling a dog backwards by it's hind legs works well for ending most of these fights).
My dog immediately de-escalates the situation, and looks for a new friend to play with... I put her on the leash and start to walk to a different side of the park. The other snarling/snapping/lip raised-teeth-showing dog is yanking at it's collar trying to re-engage my dog in a fight while the owner stands there saying "oh, gee, are you okay... did that mean dog hurt you"!!!
Worst part: Owner says "you know you have to be careful with large aggressive dogs like yours so that they don't get hurt when another dog decides to fight it...babble babble babble, more of how it is my fault, etc"
I'm practically standing there blinking at this point, all the while thinking "yeah, lady, next time I'll just let 'em go rounds if you'd prefer"... unbelievable!
This is probably the same kind of idiot you folks have had bad encounters with on the trail. This poorly socialized dog shouldn't have ever been off a leash, and shouldn't ever be at a dog park!!!
But, hey, it must be my fault since my dog is bigger?