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25 November 2008


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I'm looking forward to all your articles!


Regarding the off leash dog issue - it's a hot-button one in my city. We have few dog parks (only three - one barely 1/4 acre) for a population of 550,000 and approximately 100,000+ dogs.

My problem is the opposite of Kyrie's... My Lexi is also afraid of other dogs when they approach her too quickly, but reacts to a rushing dog with a good offense. Luckily she has great bite inhibition, and simply grabs them to try to get them away from her - but my concern is that the rushing dog will escalate the situation by retaliating strongly.

What we've been reduced to is unpleasant, and involves a cage muzzle for Lex. Of course, everyone looks at her like she's Cujo, so we just yell out "she eats poop!" and people settle down quickly. ;o) But it's incredibly unfair to Lex, and we only use this option when we're traversing areas we KNOW we're going to come across trouble.

The worst part is that Lexus is fully controlled off leash and responds to all commands - except in the case of being accosted by a rushing, rude, potentially aggressive off leash dog. However, we won't risk the immediate $350 off-leash fine, and are frowned upon in the dog park, which is overrun by aggressive and out-of-control dogs that quite simply make Lex just want to leave, and leave NOW.

So what options are WE left with? We're not safe in the overstuffed dog park, we're not safe in the park where there could be an irresponsible owner around every corner... we've even been accosted on the sidewalk as dogs rush off porches and out open front doors while owners, yes, yell "he's friendly!"

Here's my question - so YOUR dog is friendly - what if my onleash dog eats your offleash, rude-but-friendly dog? Who is at fault then? I guarantee it will be MY dog who gets impounded, and labeled as a "dangerous dog." (not that she would ever, but the situation potential is there).

I only hope that your column will make people think twice before they let Rover roam... not only for my sake, but as you mention, for children, the elderly, and quite frankly, I don't need the stress and guilt that comes with running over your dog in the street because you simply lack common sense.

Oh, and sorry to hear about your shoes - I hope they weren't new!

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