Then life happened. We moved, my 5 year old daughter was diagnosed with cancer, and dog stuff was set aside. Years passed and not so long ago, I rediscovered my love for dogs and even found a new dog sport or two, or three I want to try. Which is why I now have my heathen.
I know most owners truly love their dogs and tend to think of them as "fur-babies." Most owners understand that having a dog comes with responsibilities. But some of you...make me want to beat you with a poop scoop.
For example...this morning I took heathen to a local trail for a walk. He is always on leash...a 6 foot one, not a flexi that is 900 feet long. I always have waste pick-up baggies just in case poop happens. And of course, it does. Every time...
However, as we were walking along the paved path, right in the middle of the path, there was a huge pile of poop. Seriously people? I get it...picking up warm poop isn't the most fun thing in the world. And yes, I've been guilty of not picking it up...when it's not on the trail where it would be easily stepped in.
Here's another thing that makes me want to lash out. Off leash dogs in public areas. Especially those dogs who don't obey their owners and are a hazard to others...both dogs and people. It seems some people think leash laws don't apply to their special dog.
Not long ago, an owner who thought she was entitled came up on us with her off leash dog who had no intention of obeying her repeated commands. He ran up on us and Bodhi let him know in no uncertain terms he wasn't welcome. The owner got upset because my leashed, under control dog got defensive.
Where I'm going with this...I want to be able to do more things with my dogs...take them more places. But when a few "entitled" owners leave piles of poop behind and don't control their dogs properly, then it makes us all look bad.
So...please, pick up your dog's deposits. Most dog friendly places even supply the bags.
Keep your pet on a leash unless in an approved off leash area. Personally, I don't do dog parks because too many things can go wrong but hey, up to you.
If you dog is aggressive or a danger to other dogs or people, keep him home until he can safely be out in public.
Also, if you can't afford to feed a good quality food, do the needed health stuff, can't spend time to train, and just want a dog you can leave tied in the yard, get a stuffed one.
I'm not even going to start on what I think about backyard breeders. Let's just say, "don't."
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