Earlier this week was the last day of dog sitting our neighbors dog Topsie. She has been such a good little girl while her Mommy has been away. I woke up early and took her out between 6:30a – 7:00a every morning and we do a lap around the park which is part of her daily ritual.
While we were entering the park, three barking and growling dogs ran quickly upon us and I went quickly into “protection mode” with little Topsie. Last thing I wanted while watching her, was for her to get hurt. I saw the dogs owner come walking after them with his morning coffee in hand and when he got closer to me, I yelled at him “ya know, THIS would not happen if YOU had your dogs on a leash!”. He replied: “yeah, I know but I thought that no one would be in the park at this time.” Then I replied back stating “well, I have had others tell me that you do this all the time & they have been chased by your dogs too” and “I also just witnessed your dogs chasing another dog just the other day too”. I continued my rant to this guy and said, “I bet you don’t clean up your dogs poop either”! Oh man, this is where this guy lost it….he said “Yes, I pick up my dogs poop and the poop left by other dogs!” Somehow I don’t find that ever happening, and I replied back to him “well then, SHOW ME your poop bag”. “Show me proof right now that you have a bag on you to pick up your dogs poop if they go….I can prove to you that I have bags in my pocket”. (still no answer from him) I rest my case. My final parting words to this guy was, “yeah, just as I thought – – you’re all talk and no action buddy.”
He started to get pissy. Why was he getting pissy? Was it because I was stating the truth to him and he did not like it? Or is it because truth hurts, buddy! The park clearly has signs all over stating: All Pets Must Be On A Leash
I am so sick of people who think that these rules don’t apply to them. I am glad that I spoke up to him, but I am sure that this will have no change in how he walks his dogs. I know that he speeds down our road too, as I have witnessed him being pulled over, so apparently, he does not adhere to speed limits on a city street either.
Do you ever encounter people walking their dogs off leash? Do you say something to them, or do you just keep walking? Have you had an encounter where a dog (not on a leash) ran after you?