I agree that this is a good way to remind people that what pets (not only dogs) turn out to be can largely depend on their owners.
It also reminds me of the one time I was out for a walk and this grenade of a tiny dog came shooting at me. I calmly but firmly called out to the owner to get his dog under control but no, the "oh he won't do anything" tripe was spouted. Tripe in this case, because that dog had nothing better to do than to run up my legs. Owner walked up to me and said "oh, he does that." Thanks indeed
Not funny as I wasn't in the mood for a dog to do that, because I expect dog owners to have their pets under control when out with them and to at least apologize if they can't even do that.
So... had the owner either gotten his pet under control or at least said "Sorry, what can I do to have your pants cleaned" or, for crying out loud, "May I offer you a tissue?", I might have been less annoyed, but that's precisely the way to annoy people with your dogs.
On the other hand, if someone walks up to me with their dog on a leash or at their feet and the dog curiously sniffs my shoes, I ask them if I can pet the dog and if
they agree, I do so, asking what the dog's breed/mix/age is and complimenting the owner on their dog's behavior.
It goes both ways - sometimes people forget that. Thanks for this, Meloncollie.