OK, I'm sorry but I just have to vent. Amber and I just took Cali and Toby to the park by our house. Dogs who obey sight and sound commands are allowed off leash so both dogs were off leash. We were all playing happily and there was a black lab there as well who was playing with Cali. Well a couple comes in with their yellow lab. Cali is super friendly and runs up with her tail wagging and barks hello. They throw the ball for their dog and Cali runs along with him and both dogs are barking and playing. Well the wife flips out and yells to me, "You need to call your dog because he doesn't like it and it's going to start a fight." I roll my eyes and call Cali and she plays for a second more and then comes running for me. I roll he on the ground and give her a good rub.
So Cali is playing more with the black lab in the exact same way that she was playing with the yellow lab and they are both having a great time. And the black lab's owners are laughing and fine with it and having a great time. Well Cali runs over again to the yellow lab and is barking trying to get it to play and the wife, who was on the phone 30 feet away comes marching over again and yells to me, "Seriously? You need to get your dog away!" I said, She's just being friendly" and call her to me. Cali starts running to me so I tell her, "Good girl." The lady says to her husband, loud enough for the whole park to hear, "Good girl? What an a**hole." I never would have said anything but I have been in a mood today. So I yelled to her kindly, with a smile. "If your dog doesn't like playing with other dogs then keep him on a leash." She yelled back, "He can't play by himself without being bothered?" I said, "This is a dog park, if he wants to be alone then keep him at home." She started yelling more crap about, "We've lived her for years and never had this problem. And those other people don't want her doing that to their dog either bla bla bla but I just put Cali on her leash and walked in the other direction.
I understand that if you have a dog that isn't a working breed that you might not understand some of their behavior. But seriously, Cali was waggin her tail, smiling the whole time, had her tongue hanging out of her mouth. When a dog is aggressive they don't do those sorts of things no matter what breed they are.