|Barked: Wed Sep 28, '11 10:41pm PST |
|Pet peeve of mine, as well. People in this area like speeding down streets (not the high way, back roads and what not) and will even speed right past my neighborhood. It's unsettling because I wonder what would happen if one of my dogs slipped their collar or leash and ran into the road. I almost lost Sandy once during such an incident. Invested in a harness, but it's still possible. All these precautions I take and I see people walking their dogs off leash like it's nothing. Sometimes the dog will be five feet or more in front of or behind them. All it takes is a second. That's all it takes for something to happen. I've tried telling people this. They always either tell me "Oh, my dog won't run into the road like that!" (while they're dog is playing in the road or walk feet ahead or behind) or get defensive. One person even got into an argument with me when I told him there are leash laws. I didn't say it rudely or anything, just casually mentioned it and mentioned that cars speed down his road all the time and mentioned that I'd seen a dog lying on the side of said road. Sometimes, the dog will be prancing nicely at his owners side but even then, it's unsettling.
ETA: Lilo walks well off leash. I know this because once, she slipped her collar some how during a walk (probably while she was 'doing her business' in the field) and remained nicely at my side until we got home... and I noticed her collar wasn't on her neck. I still wouldn't trust it, though.
Edited by author Wed Sep 28, '11 10:42pm PST
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