August 03, 2016

Dog Off Leash

This last weekend was a three dog encounter weekend.  All dogs were off leash and all dogs and owners were in the public domain.

The first dog encounter resulted in an actual bite to my sister in law Laurie.  She told us about her encounter and showed us the bite on the back of her leg.  She did not need anything other than some antibacterial ointment and a large band-aide for a couple of days.

The second happened to me.  It was a large German Sheppard and I was in a public park fishing.  This full sized aggressive beast could have caused some serious damage and maybe death if I had been a child.  I squared up on it and kept it in-front of me and did not turn and run.  The owner took its sweet time and after repeated loud commands it came to his heal.  It broke heal and came at me again.  The owner yelled at it again.  The guy I was fishing with waded into the stream to the top of his waders to avoid the snarling monster.  I was angry and thought on the way home about the two situations.

I told  my wife when I got home and she asked me where my bear spray was.and I told her I was only 40 yards from the vehicle.  I thought I didn't need it so close to the car and in a public park.

The third incident happened to my wife on the trail from Robb Park to the cemetery  The collie charged her and was barking its fool head off and acting aggressive.  The owner came to see the commotion.  My wife explained the situation to the owner.  The dog and owner left and shortly thereafter the dog was back and snarling at my wife.  Barb was armed with pepper and was pointing the canister at the dog and loudly saying: "Don't make me spray you!!"  The owner came and got the two time offender under control.  In parting the owner chastised my wife for possibly spraying his dear pet and told my wife if she couldn't defend herself properly maybe she shouldn't be back there hiking.

My wife and I discussed all three of these incidents.  I will quote my wife Barb:  "Those dogs are born innocent and not aggressive,  The owners are to blame for their bad behavior not the poor animals."

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