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Dogs Owners Wake Up You Are Responsible
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Dogs Owners Wake Up You Are Responsible

Before I start I should point out that I have been a dog owner, I like dogs but do not currently have one. The same applies to my girlfriend. My daughter likes them too, but being only three means she has a slightly different perspective on things than Mum and Dad.

What is it with many dog owners that make them think that because they have one, they suddenly have a licence to do what they want or at least their dog can do what it wants’? Why is it that just because they are “all gooey” about their pet that everyone else is supposed to go weak at the knees when it approaches them. Dog owners wake up. “You may love your pet (and you should) but to the rest of us it is probably a pest”.

This morning my girlfriend was out running as she does at least once every few days. Her morning exercise was ruined by a Dalmation that ran up to her, jumped and bit her on the thigh. Not maliciously, presumably just over excited. We are lucky to live just on the edge of open countryside so within a few seconds of leaving our front door we have access to country paths and tracks. This country is wild, someone no doubt owns it, but the land is open to the public and is enjoyed by many, as it should be.

It is not unusual to see walkers, cyclists, other runners, children playing and of course people walking their dogs. It has to be said that most dog owners are courteous and keep their dogs on a lead. But there are some who think that just because they are in the country, their dog can run wild just like the rabbits. Wrong!

I have a lot of sympathy for those owners who have trained their dog correctly. When off its’ lead it obediently returns to its master when called and because it has been trained properly it “knows its place in life” and leaves other people and dogs alone. In a perfect world you should be able to let your dogs explore and wander. However, the owner of the Dalmation could not even apologise and because of these owners all dogs are treated by many as threats or a danger.

Hindsight is a marvellous thing. We do not have the details of the owner but if we did the matter would be handed to the Police. The sad fact is the dog would probably be put down (it is not its fault) and the owner would be unaffected. Personally I would like the owner charged with assault, the dog given appropriate training assuming it is judged to not be “dangerous” and paid for by the owner.

We have a young daughter who of course loves going for walks, looking for rabbits, lizards, snakes, insects and any wildlife we can find. This pleasure is shared by her young friends in the local area. Leaving aside the issue of dogs roaming around that at worst could bite or at best knock over your children by being over friendly, there is one other big problem, or rather lots of little ones, sometime’s not so little. Why do dog owners think their dogs can defecate wherever they like? If they do, pick it up! It is your dog, your mess. Maybe you prefer to leave it lying around for someone to stand in or maybe you prefer that a young child falls over in it. The next time we are walking with our daughter and she needs to go to the toilet should we just tell her to do it in the path. That would be ludicrous but if you are a dog owner it appears to be ok.

Having a dog does not give anyone new rights. You have a responsibility to ensure your pet does not interfere with what other people do or want to do. Your pet is your choice not ours. Love it, play with it, enjoy it and look after it. It is not a case of “with my blessing” or anyone else’s blessing, no-one else should care that you have a pet. Your pet has nothing to do with anyone else and should not have anything to with anyone else (unless they want it to), that is the point.


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Inspired in the morning, written by lunchtime. Thanks for reading

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  about 5 years ago

Hi Rob, This is a very nice article. Time has come to face up to our responsibilities.

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  about 5 years ago
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