There seems to be an element of stupidity that is running rampant with just a few people walking dogs. If I thought drivers on the road were getting worse (from a previous post), some dog walkers are demonstrating a terrific lack of responsibility, and a horrible lack of respect for people and property.
I have a list of strictures for walking my own dogs:
- Thou shalt do the big potty before leaving our property.
- Thou shalt not walk into other people’s yards; stay on the sidewalk, or by Dad while walking in the street.
- Thou shalt only hike on telephone poles and/or trees; flowers/plants, either in the park(s) or other people’s property is not permitted.
- Thou shalt be aware of others walking, and keep a distance (move over to the easement, or even across the street) unless they make an advance to stop and talk; not everyone likes dogs, and some people are afraid.
- Thou shalt play give and take with other dogs and owners coming our way; some mornings the regular fellow walkers and us take turns on who moves over, or holds.
- Thou shalt always be in control of our pets while walking in public areas.
For the most part, there are some very friendly, responsible dog walkers who make public walks more enjoyable, and less stressful. However, there are several in our neighborhood who really need to be addressed with the deplorable behavior – theirs, not their dogs’!
An Asian couple who lives in the apartments across from Lincoln Park has the worst lack of responsibility. They have a very large, beautiful Siberian husky for which they exhibit no control. Numerous times I’ve seen them walking along Shroyer Road – a terribly busy course – and their dog is actually walking in the street. Cars, and even an RTA bus, have had to slow down, stop, or move over to the second lane.
One day, I saw them coming and filmed their dog peeing on my front hostas, doing the back kick and throwing up grass and dirt, and then coming clear up to the shrubs below my kitchen window. I had never seen the dog come that far into my yard before, and I am glad I had my video running. I could not believe it.
Most days, our fellow dog walkers are wonderful pals and pooches; however, there are those few dog owners who need the obedience training – not their dogs.