|Barked: Sat Jan 5, '13 11:35pm PST |
|Another thing I noticed too though... is the dog that got killed was a Pom. Let's face it. How many larger(larger than toy/small breeds), stronger dogs view yapping little dogs as something similar to prey? And I don't mean that rudely, by any means. I've just noticed a LARGE flux of larger dogs that will immediately take chase of fast moving, noisy little dogs. It could be prey drive, it could be play gone wrong, who knows in each situation til they're in it personally.
I remember taking Regan to a dog park once, I had one issue that caused me to leave with her. A small schnauzer type mix spotted her, immediately began showing fear signals even though she was ignoring him, and ran up to her BARKING and growling at her. He was just being a noisy little thing, but clearly intimidated and fearful of her. What did she do? She took chase. She chased this little dog, while I tried to capture her because she wouldn't back off and he wouldn't stop barking at her or running and I didn't want to see him get hurt, whether accidental or not. The owners? Just stood there talking about how 'he does this all the time', annoyed with him. A big Rottweiler chasing down their tiny little dog because it was barking and growling at her and running, and they just shrugged and looked annoyed with their own dog. WTH? I caught her almost immediately, put her back on her leash and headed for home. She'd never had any issues with any dogs prior to that, but even if she just accidentally ran him over, the damage she could have done for the size comparison made me too uncomfortable to let it go on.
We don't know, though, whether or not the pibbles were provoked, or how they were provoked if they were.
And yeah, many of Calgary's off leash parks SUCK. Un-fenced, and often close to roads. It's why Charlie's on a long line. He used to be incredibly reliable off leash when familiar with the area, but I feel better having him on the long line as an extra precaution.
I've only had two issues in five years at River Park off leash park, and it's all quiet neighborhood surrounding that park, and I haven't seen too many issues of people not cleaning up after their dogs there which is great. Charlie was most reliable off leash at Rotary Park off leash park, but with it being soooo close to Center Street/Lions Gate bridge, I was just incredibly uncomfortable with taking him there.
I do think that both owners proved irresponsible here though. Was the kill accidental(with such a small dog) or intentional via the pitbulls? If the dogs WERE not okay with other dogs, they shouldn't have been walked by a dog park, even if it was on the adjacent sidewalk because there are too many potential issues to crop up there. If it was accidental and the dogs are usually otherwise fine... then.. who knows exactly what happened. All we can do is guess.. And why were two dogs that didn't have reliable recall off leash? If a dog doesn't have reliable recall, the potential for problems, especially those that can arise from the streets often near our dog parks is incredibly high.
I dunno.. Because I don't know what I would do if such a situation arose and I was either owner. I would be incredibly upset in the shoes of either dog owner.
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