An Open Letter to Dog Owners – Put Your Dog On a Leash!
No I don’t find it funny, cute, or a joke that there are people out there that feel that they do not need to keep their dog on a leash in public. I also could care less if they think the dogs needs to be able to run loose everyday. If they cannot properly exercise their pet they should have thought about that BEFORE they decided to get the dog. If they are too lazy, busy, stressed out or sick to ensure their dog gets proper and safe exercise that does not inhibit others from using public areas to exercise their dogs then they honestly don’t need a dog in the first place.
That might sound harsh and I don’t care if it does.
If you feel that your dog cannot get adequate exercise on a leash, and you are too lazy to find another activity for your dog to do that will allow it to expel its energy, so your idea of making sure they get that exercise is to allow your dog off leash in a public area and then not even have a perfect recall on your dog. Please think for a minute. I am walking out of my apartment and have not even gotten out of the breezeway when you freakout because your dog is loose and make a feeble attempt to call it back to you before it comes chasing after me consider me not a fan. No wait I will go a step further there is a freaking dog park in the complex with is less then a 1/4 of a mile walk from my front door to an area that is completely fenced in for your dog to run free and you couldn’t seem to get there to allow your dog to play then I think you are an idiot.
I don’t care that is was midnight and you didn’t think there would be other people out going for a walk or walking their own dogs. The only excuse you have is that you didn’t think. There is no excuse for lack of thinking and poor judgement. Your poor decisions effect other people. You did not have control of your dog it charged after me and my dogs when all we were doing was walking out of our building to go potty before we went to sleep. Thank goodness your dog was not aggressive and probably only wanted to play but made the appropriate decision after hearing Davinia’s thoughts on the matter and ran in the opposite direction.
I will be lucky if Indiana doesn’t pee in the bed in the next week and if Davinia can get anywhere near another dog without freaking out. I will be lucky if when I get the girls ready tomorrow night to go for a walk that Indiana doesn’t run into another room not to play chase but because she doesn’t want to go out. I can only hope that I don’t become scared of walking outside in the dark and that I feel safe here because I have another 9 months that I have to live here without penalty for breaking my lease and quite frankly I don’t want to be scared of walking outside in the dark ever again.
Tonight marked 2 years and 3 months to the day that Davinia was attacked. The dog charged us probably at the exact minute that Davinia was attacked 2 years and 3 months ago. It was not something I was thinking about when I walked out the door to take them for their night walk. I was actually contemplating writing a post about how exciting it is NOT to be afraid to walk the dogs at night. That it is so freeing to know I don’t have to be scared of disaster and then you because you weren’t thinking decided to let your dog off its leash. What if my dogs were bigger and stronger and because we weren’t expecting your dog to come charge us as we walked out of our building that they pulled so hard and took off after your dog. You would be all upset and up in arms because my dogs went after your dog. But you thought nothing of your dog charging us. Why because you have never seen a dog fight up close and personal or a dog has never attacked your dog to within inches of their life. Then maybe you need to read Davinia’s story details about the night that she was viciously attacked.
This might be private property but I am almost sure that on my lease I had to sign a section that said I would keep my dog on a leash at all times when not in the dog park. Did you think that part was for other people to follow and because your dog needed exercise tonight you chose to ignore it?
There is a reason that you need to keep your dog leashed in public its for the safety and well-being of those around you and your own dog. Put your dog on a leash and leave it on the leash when you are out in public.
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