As long as they continue to ignore the leash law in the simple little green square two blocks over from the Little Bitty in Syracuse city neighborhood of Eastwood, I’ll continue to rant about it.
I’m pretty sure you turned your head and looked over at me yesterday afternoon just as I was pulling Ellie B aka Dogamous Pyle back after we’d rounded the corner toward Norwood Park.
That’s when I spotted you using the main 100-yard Eastwood Bears football field as a running ground for your Irish setter. You have a beautiful dog. It appeared to be enjoying the 60º F temperature and sunny skies, a bonus Monday of early November.
An hour or so past noon, I’d already mown my lawn — maybe the last cut of the year, was running through my mind — and was hoping my dog could enjoy a walk around the park on her leash. You know, like the signs posted on the fence say. Dogs must be on a leash. For the safety of people and animals, plural, is inferred, in case you need an explanation. My further interpretation: Sometimes dogs do unexpected things.
If I see other dogs on leashes, I’ll bring Ellie B to Norwood Park because the owners control the situation. Ellie B is friendly. She’ll sniff another leashed dog and make nice. But if either dog takes offense to the other and growls, we can tug and separate them.
If I spot a dog running loose, I will not. A leashed dog and a free dog may not get along as well. And I can’t unhook Ellie B because of her “flee gene.” In other words, I fear she’ll bolt to parts far and wide, as she’s done she’s escaped our yard.
So I turned (her disappointed) tail and dragged her toward busy Midler Avenue and walked a square back to our house. We enjoyed the day and the streets of the neighborhood.
But she really likes the park, on her leash, walking and sniffing and discovering scents. Almost as much as she likes her own fenced backyard, where she runs free without her leash.
So I rehash by dilemma. If I see you and your loose dog again, do I bring my pet home and return to slyly get your vehicle plate information and report you to the police? I know they have more important matters to consider, but it’s the principle of this thing to me. Take your dang dog to a real dog park, which is built to handle just such running free, please and thank you.
What would you do if you had your leashed dog approaching a park and saw a dog running loose? Do you think I’m being too grumpy about my local park? Do you think I should report rule-breakers to the police?