|Barked: Tue Dec 28, '10 4:03pm PST |
|I was threatened with a restraining order for my dogs by a woman who's husband is a lawyer.
Here's the story. Me and the woman had been friends, we met at a little known hiking spot. It's very beautiful, great for dogs.
I hadn't seen her in a while, last I saw her my dogs were just beginning with sarcoptic mange (unknown at the time)
I stayed out of there for a while so not to infect any other dogs even tho there was little risk of that.
Anyway, I saw her today. She asked how they were (she'd seen the itching skin) I said "oh they had sarcoptic mange, do you know what that is?" she said no. I explained it was mites but before I could say anything more like how they don't have it anymore for a while now she quickly said she wanted to go ahead and not have any problems for her dogs. I tried calling to her that they don't have it anymore but she didn't care and walked ahead.
It was pretty hard to walk because of the snow and I purposely slowed more to let her get further ahead, I even veered off the trail, but it was too hard for me to walk so I went back on. I thought by this time I'd never catch up to her and it was getting dark, so we moved on.
About 20 minutes later I saw her in the distance as I turned the curve. She started yelling "DO NOT COME NEAR ME, GET OFF MY A**" I called "there's no where else to go!" and she leashed on dog but the other was off leash. I kept going further, totally ignoring her because I knew her dogs weren't at risk, it was getting dark, I was cold and having trouble walking and no where else to go but forward!
Well she cursed me out as I passed, I said "you can call my vet - my dogs are not contagious" she said "**** you and your vets. there are other trails you could take" but there wasn't in this deep snow! so I just walked on.
I hate anyone angry at me though and we had been pretty good friends...so as soon as I got home I emailed her and explained the whole thing, what sarcoptic mites are, how my dogs had it and were treated and it's cycle is 2 weeks, etc.etc. I said I'd never put her dogs or any at risk..
She wrote back this:
" I asked you nicely to let me move on and you incited me and followed me for over 40 minutes when there were other routes you could have taken besides behind me. I am asking you once again stay away from me in the future or I will get a restaining order on your pups."
So If I run into this woman again, which is likely (she lives right next to the hiking trail and often there) what should I do can she actually get a restraining order on DOGS??? I didn't purposely follow her there was just one straight trail that goes in a circle around the hiking trail!There are many off trails but like I said I couldn't walk them in that snow there was only a main one that was padded down from people walking.
I never ran into any problem with people before. Least of all one like this...
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