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Stephanie "Foster Mom" O'Brien

If You Like It, Then You Should Put A Leash On It!

Posted Friday, March 21, 2014, at 9:14 PM
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  • I have been very anxious to take my girls out for a nice, long walk. However, I am almost always consumed with fear and anxiety about it, borne before and during...in anticipation of the huge number of dogs allowed to be off leash.

    It really angers me, honestly.

    One of my dogs is a 120lb Saint Bernard. For some reason, every loose, small dog within a mile radius is compelled to run up on her. It is terrifying to me. If my leashed dog wereto react with her mouth during one of these encounters, iI don't doubt the smaller, loose dog's owner would blame mine for not being "friendly".

    It makes me crazy to hear "oh, its OK, my dog loves other dogs"...so what! Just because your dog "loves" all dogs, doesn't mean that mine will enjoy being charged by an unfamiliar dog...not to mention the imbalance created by a dog who's owner is obeying the law by using a leash approached by a loose dog.

    I had so many encounters last year that I have resigned myself to pick unpopular times or even wait until the "newness" of spring wears off to get out and enjoy the time with my dogs. It angers me that I'd even have a reason to entertain that strategy INA community with clear leash laws.

    -- Posted by simonsays77 on Fri, Mar 21, 2014, at 9:44 PM
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