Midway through our return leg on our stroll with cherished rescue mutt Ellie B aka Dogamous Pyle at Onondaga Lake Park this past glorious Saturday, a woman ran past going the other direction on the inner trail path with her unencumbered dog trailing her.
I turned my head and shouted at her.
Indeed. Owners are implored to keep their canines tethered while at this pretty piece of public property we share.
And on this 55-degree, sun-filled day in the middle of February, we later figured that we saw, oh, 499 dogs on a leash and this one dog running free. That’s a pretty good ratio of law-abiding citizens to scofflaw.
Now I can imagine that this woman jogger imagines that her dog is the good dog of the bunch, the one pooch that would never imagine straying into any sort of trouble.
But, of course …
The sight of a loose dog could rile any or some of these good dogs on a leash, who could pull themselves from their owners and cause a ruckus. Or other loose dogs along the path could take umbrage at the whiff of the wind. Or a dog could bolt from a backyard. Or your dog could decide to sniff a kid in a carriage and scare the bejeebers out of child and parent.
You never know what can happen with an animal.
You should think of other people, not just yourself. Follow the leash law so everybody goes home as happy as they can.
There’s my first leash rant of 2017.
What’s your opinion about dogs, leashes and crowded public parks?