A few days ago I took a photo walk to the park to shoot the sunset. Most of the walk was very pleasant, but I had a few very anxious and uncomfortable minutes as aggressive unleashed dogs approached me. The owners of the two dogs were standing to the side, just talking, and not paying too much attention to what their dogs were doing. They had leashes in their hands. The dogs had collars. So why weren’t the leashes on the dogs? Here’s what faced me at one point.
I will admit I’m a bit afraid of large dogs running loose. At my age, being knocked down is dangerous and can cause major injuries. But large dogs have also attacked smaller dogs who are on leashes. A dog on a leash is more easily controlled by his owner than a dog running loose who may or may not obey commands. This dog also harassed this little boy.
If you are a dog owner, please be responsible and follow local laws in public areas. Other people also want to safely enjoy the parks their tax dollars support. Thank you to all the responsible dog owners who keep their dogs on leashes while walking them in public parks and on the streets.
Finally: The Sunset Photos I Managed to Capture
Here are some of the sunset pictures I took in spite of the dogs’ harassment. I’m glad I didn’t let the dogs scare me away.
How do you feel about leash laws? Do you think people should be allowed to let their dogs run loose in public places? What would you do if a large strange dog started to run toward you unleashed?