I wanted to write in about something that I’ve been noticing more and more frequently; inconsiderate dog owners.
Now I adore dogs. When my roommates were against my getting one in university, I sponsored one through our humane society. I am very much a dog lover.
I’m frustrated by how a lot of dog owners in my area are handling their precious pups though.
We have some gorgeous nature trails at one of the lakes here and there is a massive off leash section where dogs can (and do) have loads of fun playing in the water and on the beach. The nature trails are strictly leash areas for a variety of reasons. There’s wildlife that includes cougars and coyotes. There are small children. Dogs could get lost or hurt.
I was out for a run there one day and two wonderful labs came bounding past me. No one else was in sight and they shot past. They both ran back a few minutes later and then spent the next half hour or so running ahead a little, running back to me and back a little more, and repeating. They weren’t happy pups anymore; they were upset. I began to walk back with them and we wound up going back quite a ways. Their human was sauntering along with a coffee in one hand, a cigarette in the other, and both leashes draped around his shoulders. I politely explained that his dogs seemed to have run too far ahead of him and that they were upset. I also mentioned that there were cougar warnings in effect and pointed out the off leash section. He told me to **** off and kept going.
I used to work in a huge cemetery that had dog restrictions posted at every gate. Now obviously we understood that dogs are a tremendous source of comfort to a lot of people and so we would look the other way of someone brought a four legged friend to visit a loved one. But there were also so many people who lived in the area and who used our cemetery as their own private dog park. One woman would let her dog run freely inside our fences while she walked outside. It was as if people couldn’t understand that seeing their pooch poop on a grave marker would be distressing to some.
And I work in a furniture store now. We do have signs saying that dogs aren’t allowed. And we constantly have customers who “just have to check/measure something” with their dogs in tow. We tend to ignore little dogs in carriers but large dogs on/off leash? I’m thrilled to see the dogs. I’m not happy to see their entitled owners and I’m dreading the day when a dog gets in trouble for having an accident on an expensive piece because its owner insisted on ignoring the rules.
Like I said, I adore dogs. And I’m annoyed by dog owner’s entitled attitudes. Is this something that a lot of people are bothered by or am I being a bit sanctimonious here? 0220-17
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