A note to all dog owners …
Let me preface this letter by stating that I love dogs – we never had fewer than three in my house growing up; most dogs I have encountered in Summit County have been obviously well cared for and well trained.What I don’t love, however, are people who will not control their dogs. I know most dogs are friendly, however, when I am walking with my 2-year-old, the dog’s owners are beyond earshot (as opposed to the 10 feet stipulated by Summit County regulations), and a lab bigger than my daughter and probably twice as heavy comes bounding up to her, I have no choice but to assume that the dog may not be friendly, and protect my child. So, I have to stop her play, pick her up, and wait for someone to get the animal under control. Even if the dog was just being playful, it could have very easily knocked my child down into the mud and rocks, or worse, into the half-frozen lake. I know from experience that it’s lovely to let your pet get some well-deserved exercise outside after a long winter cooped up inside, but it is not fair to infringe on others’ activities in a public place simply because you can’t be bothered to either leash the dog or to keep it within easy reach. Please, dog owners, be sensitive of others while out with your pet. Now that spring is here, we’re all trying to get out to get some warmth and sunshine. Additionally, when another person requests that you get your dog under your control, the polite thing to do is to simply comply, not ask jeeringly if they’re afraid; and it’s certainly not appropriate to tell the complaining party, who is from a small town in New England, to move back to the city if they don’t like strange dogs approaching their children.
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