Good for you for standing up to him (and supporting the cat)
Yeah, I couldn't believe he got so agitated, so quickly. Maybe my initial comment sounded snarky...and I didn't help the situation by responding in kind after he started cursing at me.
But jeez, the cat was out in an open field with no where to hide, back arched, tail puffed, cowering, etc. -- obviously in distress -- and the guy seemed to be enjoying it.
His lame excuses: "the dog is on a leash" (~12 inches away from the terrified cat), "he needs to get used to cats" (use your own pet for that, a-hole).
I like cats (and dogs) and happened to be in a "zero Fs to give" mood at that moment. :-P
If you'd been out walking your badger, you could have made the point more effectively by letting the badger go after the guy's kid, restraining it a few inches shy of clawing the kid to pieces, saying "My badger needs to get used to children".
I can 100% picture Brooke in that scenario. Especially "my badger needs to get used to children" with that hint of Alabama.
The "trailer trash" might show itself. :-P
You'd better be a little careful, though. There are some crazies out there.
An attack badger can take on any dog. And its owner. It is known.
I have no basis to dispute that... ;-)
And my snap-judgement in the moment was that this guy (I'm calling him Grandmaster Goldendoodle) was not going to do anything more than talk like a tough guy.
This made me chuckle. Take him down Brooke!!!