Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Seriously?

Recently, my mom and I were walking Reagan, Riley, and her three small dogs. We stopped at our favorite lake spot, a peninsula that projects off from the beaten path. After a few minutes, we were startled by three off leash, unsupervised dogs. I carry pepper spray for such encounters, but lucky for them, they had polite body language and immediately headed for the lake. Riley quickly greeted the malamute/husky type and they were friendly. Everyone else ignored each other. I started to relax as it appeared that the eight dogs would easily share the lake shore. I expected an owner to toddle down at any moment so I was working out my lecture in my head. I find it terribly rude for someone to not be in control of their off leash dogs. Minutes pass.... and still no owner. My mom and I start to wonder if something might be wrong so we gather our dogs and head back to the trail. I look left and right and see nothing. Suddenly I see an off leash shepherd mix heading down to the water on the other side of the trail (opposite from where the other dogs are. Finally, I see a person.Me: Do you own the three dogs that are down at the lake (pointing in the direction of their location)?

Irresponsible Dog Owner: Yes.

Me: It is kind of rude for you to allow your dogs to run all over as if you own the place.

Irresponsible Dog Owner: Everyone else does it.

Me: Yeah, well I do it too, but I put my dogs back on leash when we pass other people and dogs.

Irresponsible Dog Owner didn't really have anything else to say to that.

I am just glad her dogs and our dogs were friendly. I wish I could control how I feel, but it really does make my heart drop when my greyhounds are approached by off leash dogs. If anything goes wrong, my thin skinned hounds are the ones that will need medical attention. At least every pleasant encounter is good practice for us.

Here are a couple of pictures of silly Reagan grabbing a stick out of the water.
I am just glad I did not have to send Rabid Reagan after them.

14 comments:

IHateToast said...

i'm reading. just reading. thinking about your post. agreeing. then the first few photos. little giggles.



then the rabid creature from the black lake jumps into view.

holy moly! that photo is frameworthy.



and way to go with that dog owner. everyone does it? what are we, 14?

i think my plan will be to say, "well, you better check that one out. he was in the bushes and cried. i think something bit him."

meh, so i lie. it could happen and where was the person they rely on to take care of them?

weenies.

BrittBeah said...

I fully agree. And I couldn't stop giggling at the last pic. Love it.

jcp said...

I've had a few similar encounters. One time I found a dog wandering around the ball field. His tag said "Leave me Alone I know my way Home!"..... No owner anywhere to be found...

Moonstonemama said...

Love that last shot...totally made my morning!

Hiking Hounds said...

That is an awesome picture, so funny!

houndstooth said...

I love that last picture! I'll be giggling over that for a long time!

I totally agree with you, too! And isn't it funny how every one of those morons seems to have some stupid excuse for why their dogs are the exception to the rule?

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

Glad you guys love Rabid Reagan. You just don't get photos like that everyday... sometimes you just get lucky. :-)

Sandy ~~~ said...

YES! And please tell Rabid Regan to bite the OWNER, not the dogs, doing what dogs do.

Sam said...

Ugh, it is amazing how inconsiderate some people are. I agree with the first comment - doing something just because other people do it doesn't make it right! Not at all!

At least you had Reagan along with you to make you laugh. She looks like she's doing well. :)

Cool Coty said...

That picture cracks me up ! Ferocious beast !

KF-in-Georgia said...

That photo is fantastic!

jet said...

Hahah Reagan is hilarious :) Glad those dogs were nice dogs. Maybe the owner will think about what you said and change their behaviour, maybe they won't, but at least you tried.

Aragon greyhounds said...

Love the last photo. Too funny-"Rabid Reagan"

Katie said...

I'd certainly reconsider my behavior if faced with Rabid Reagan. *nod*