|Barked: Mon Jan 7, '13 3:37pm PST |
| Children running loose in the park-another pet peeve of mine! Strollers do not work, as the child is at face level for smooches & face cleaning. The baby wrap in front or the carrier on the back upsets a lot of dogs, plus the owner can't seem to pick up poop or pull their dog off another one.
We have wading pools at our park that are for the dogs; not your children!!! My last dog didn't like children & couldn't cool off on a hot day if children were playing in it. Also, children will play with the hose and soak the ground around the pools, making it a mud pit. I love informing parents whose little darling is standing in a pool that dogs like to pee in them.
When Rusty was new to me, I saw a child across the way kneel down & hug him. I froze, not knowing his reaction. Luckily, he loves children. Another dog might not be so nice. I know for a fact that many small dog owners do not appreciate having children pick up their dog.
Families trying to play football or catch must understand that if a dog steals their ball, it's their own fault! The park belongs for the dog's entertainment, not theirs.
Clothing: If it's not wash & wear, you're taking a risk coming to the park. Don't scream at a dog who wipes their wet nose on you, steps on your white shoes, and runs up you with muddy feet during a chase. (An Iggie did that once to me, getting away from another dog.)
I don't recommend bringing a purse. If it's on the ground, a nose will find it's way in there. If it's on a chair, it runs the risk of a tall dog doing a one-legged salute on it.
Once again, I will repeat that I love my park & go quite often in the summer. I deal with the children, idiot owners, and ill behaved dogs easily enough most of the time. If not, I just leave for the day.
Edited by author Mon Jan 7, '13 3:41pm PST
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