Earlier this year my daughter Amanda and her adorable 8 pound puppy were attacked by an unrestrained pit bull. Amanda was not hurt, thankfully, but will likely have nightmares forever. Mabel is a tough little pup, and after multiple surgeries, she is slowly getting her groove back.
I encounter well-behaved dogs on a regular basis. It is obvious hours were invested training and establishing a relationship, and those dogs are a credit to their owners. Thank you for your responsible behavior.
There is another side to dog ownership, though. Some dogs are adopted with the intention of training the new family member and investing quality time with him. But life is busy and the doggie resolutions end up in a pile with the New Year’s gym membership. Those canines express themselves in various ways.
We don’t need alarm clocks in our neighborhood. There are hounds that hit the yard each morning between 6 and 7 at full volume. They bark at nothing and everything – a bird, a squirrel, or a leaf whipping across the yard. “Well, dogs bark!” Yes, they do, and warning barks can protect and save lives. Nuisance barking is another story entirely.
Our community has over 1000 homes with common areas and sidewalks designed to provide a place for exercise and meeting the neighbors. The common areas are littered with canine landmines, and walking requires vigilance to dodge these abominations. Wonder how the inconsiderate Doggie Owner would like 4 or 5 of us to stop by next week and leave a pile on the front lawn? Scoop your pooch’s poop, people! It’s nasty!
He won’t bite!
Leash restrictions and animal confinement are the law for a reason. A free-ranging dog views a new person as a target. The dog bounds away as the owner yells, “He won’t hurt you! Sorry!” You don’t know for certain how that dog will respond or how the person being dogged will react. Not everyone is a dog person who appreciates smelling like wet Fritos from your dog’s kisses. The walker or jogger may see the approaching dog as a threat. Protect your dog and your neighbors. Step up and obey the law.
Just my opinion and yes, you are entitled to yours.