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disclaimer, if after reading this post you are pissed off…i’m pretty certain that indicates that you have pissed someone off yourself….you just didn’t know it or you don’t care.
i try to get up early enough so i can take the dogs for a nice long walk before i leave for work. i got up extra early today so we could go even longer than usual. so when the dogs couldn’t go into the back yard because a skunk was in the neighborhood, it was no big deal. i had extra time to exercise them.
so we hop in the car to go to our favorite nature trail. even before i get out of the car i spot a coyote. i could wait a while; he’s probably just passing through. i sat there for 5 minutes while the dogs squeaked “walk us walk us” but more coyotes materialized. they were chasing rabbits. can’t chance it.
hop back in the car drive to a park. not a dog park. a park where leashes are required. you see, cody bear has only been attacked by off leash dogs at the park. he is terrified of off leash dogs so we only go to leash required parks. but signs are all over. leash dogs.
we get out of the car and start walking. edward pulls up with his two dogs and his kid. my dogs are fine. they see the dogs, but they’re fine. then edward throws the ball into the center of the little park and the labs take off. cody bear freaks out. he’s terrified. i calmed him down, but he was so scared he wouldn’t even have enjoyed his walk.
now, i understand edward needs to excercise his dogs. i have a border collie. i get it, more than anyone: dogs must have enough exercise. again…trust me, i know! but there are scads of off leash areas in our neighborhood. and once again, i’m the one following the law and i have to leave the park.
when i had loki she was always off leash. “it’s o.k. she’s friendly,” i would say. but if someone is scared of dogs, it doesn’t matter if a dog is friendly, when you see one coming at you your body goes into distress. cortisol is released and your are experiencing actual fear.
i’ve met children while doing pet therapy that have extreme reactions to the sweetest dogs on the other side of the room. edward has no respect for these people with this fear, or a dog with this fear. at this moment cody bear is doing his best not to throw up. he was terrified this morning. but edward doesn’t care…because his dogs are friendly.
this happens all the time.
making sure my dogs get enough activity and mental stimulation is my priority every day. i have two very high energy dogs, as you all have seen. but please understand…you’re dog’s activities shouldn’t endanger anyone else, and that includes exposing them to the stress of something they are scared of. so, if you are edward and you’re reading this post, or if you find yourself saying “it’s o.k. she’s friendly” alot please be respectful of other people and dogs.
i’m sorry if i’ve pissed you off, but i’m just looking out for my dog. please, if you see a frightened person or a frightened dog and you are in a leash required area, please for their safety and the safety of your pet, leash your dog or leave. if you’re in a leash free area, or it doesn’t matter, please go at it, have a blast! i would, too.
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