That means everyone and their pups are coming out of hibernation, which isn’t always a good thing.
Just yesterday when we went for our walk, we ran into a really annoying and potentially dangerous situation.
We got out of the truck no issue, got everyone ready and started our Walk for a Dog app, then got down to the business of walking. We hadn’t gone more than one hundred yards when there was a group of girls wanting to go for a social walk with their dogs, both of which were not on leashes.
An older Dachshund who was well-behaved and stayed close to the owner, and bully breed type puppy (couldn’t have been too much older than one year old) who was NOT well-behaved.
So there we were trying to continue on our walk, but unable to since the puppy was standing in the middle of the path antagonizing our dogs by not letting us pass. The owner called out to the pup FOUR times and she still didn’t respond! It took me walking between the line of sight for the pup and our dogs to respond to her owner (Kevin had all the dogs I had Leelynn in the stroller).
When we finally were able to pass I heard the girl telling her friends that: “This is why I don’t like walking here, all these aggressive dogs!”
- You were blocking our path
- Your dogs were not leashed (never mind that it is illegal except for in designated area which our greenway is not one)
- Your dog was at least 50 feet away from you
- Your dog was not under reliable voice command (I’ve seen a few pups on our walks that were, and didn’t stray and have no issue with them)
- Your dog insisted on continuing to block our path after you had moved out of the way, which our dogs understandably took as a confrontational act and response accordingly. (Which was barking at the end of their leashes)
… and you have the gall to say our dogs were aggressive?
The whole encounter was upsetting, I don’t like seeing my dogs react like that, but who can blame them? Wouldn’t you consider a person walking by themselves, and not moving aside but instead blocking the path of a group of people a confrontational action? If not, at the very least it would be considered rude!