You may have heard me tell this story on the show today. If so, I apologize for the repetition!
If this is your first time hearing / reading it I want to mention that I’ve never owned a dog (I know! What a sad life!) And I haven’t spent a lot of time with dogs so if I have if you in this one Articles misunderstanding some basic dog owner etiquette, I apologize in advance.
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One of my best friends and I decided yesterday to go for a walk on York Beach (Long Sands because, duh) She brought her adorable Golden Doodle named Finn. Finn is usually third on our walks and I absolutely love it because he’s what the industry calls a 100% certified good guy. Here’s what it looks like so you can paint a picture in your head:
So Eliza, Finn and I are trotting along York Beach and it is not very crowded as it is now officially low season. We find that some people have their dogs off the leash which doesn’t seem to be a problem, they have plenty of space to run around and live their truth. Suddenly one of the dogs ran up to Finn without a leash. The two sniffed around and then there was a growling action. The growl quickly turned into a fight and Finn uttered the saddest and most pathetic “YELP”! This dog was much bigger than him and he had no chance. The fact that Finn was on a leash and the other dog wasn’t probably made Finn feel even more threatened.
I think (and again not a dog owner) the right thing to do at that moment was to reach in and pick up Finn, but Eliza and I were afraid of getting a hand bitten off. All we could do was sit there and scream, which absolutely didn’t help. The owner eventually came over and tried to annoy his dog (a couple of times were unsuccessful and then finally) He apologized profusely and that was it. We saw that he put his dog on a leash afterwards.
As I walked away from that interaction, I figured (and then out loud to Eliza) that York Beach is a public place and I don’t think that should have happened. If people want to let their dogs run off the leash, they need to keep a close eye on them. If you know your dog is not getting on well with other dogs, then you shouldn’t keep him on a leash at all. If you know they won’t come when called, they shouldn’t be on a leash at all. In the meantime, my poor friend feels like she has to pick up her dog every time she sees an off-leash dog now. (This isn’t the first time this has happened) It’s not cool.
Anyway, if you have any pearls of wisdom or a story like it I’d love to hear it. Please write us a comment!
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