Dogs on the Loose
I was recently walking around Greenlake with a friend on a sunny, therefore packed, day. Twice I encountered dogs that were running loose, their owners unconcerned.
In the first situation we were rounding a corner and I saw a dog running towards the water across the concrete path in a very congested area. A rollerbladder was flying around the lake when the dog ran right in front of him. One second earlier and the man would have careened into the dog and done serious damage to both. Thankfully, he was able to just miss the dog by rolling up onto the grass. The owner said nothing and looked as if she could care less.
The second incident happened further up the path where I noticed a dog zigzagging across the path with no apparent owner. Being a dog owner myself I am always concerned when I see a loose dog. So, I scanned the path and the grass and I finally spotted a couple up the hill from the path walking towards the dog, no leash in hand.
Despite the rollerbladers, bikers and people walking with dogs, they were not worried about their dog getting hurt or injuring others. The dog continued to weave in and out of the path narrowly avoiding harm to himself or others while the couple showed no concern. Finally, I caught up to the couple and nicely said they needed to put their dog on a leash. They said he’d been cooped up all day in the car and they forgot his leash but they felt it better that he get a walk in. I was shocked! Better he get a walk and risk serious injury to himself and others? I couldn’t believe it!
I understand wanting to let your dog off leash, but a busy, congested place is not the place to do it no matter how well trained your dog is. Please, leash your dog unless you’re in an off-leash area.
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