Stay in control of your dog

I love animals and own a dog.

Recently, I walked onto Rathtrevor Beach and immediately saw a woman with her dog, which was running loose. Not wanting to have any problems, I turned to walk in the opposite direction from her, with my seventh-month-old puppy, who was on a leash.

The other dog saw us and was curious, so he turned away from his owner and trotted towards us. The owner was at least 75 yards away, called to her dog with no response. The dog ran over to us and started bouncing around my pup, who quickly joined in the romp.

All very nice until the older dog mounted my dog and teeth started to be bared. I look up and the senior woman now has her back to this scene and is continuing to walk away from her dog in her original path. Completely oblivious to what her dog is doing without care for me or my pup.

I can’t get away from this dog now because no one has control of him. I have to yell for this woman to come back and get her dog, which she does. I think this is incredibly irresponsible behaviour. I’m minding my own business looking to have a nice walk on the beach and because someone else thinks it’s OK to let their dog run loose, I have to deal with their dog all over mine.

If you are nowhere near your dog you cannot protect them or prevent them from becoming involved in an altercation. This situation could have become very serious very quickly, my dog and I were lucky today. If you care about your dog keep them on a leash. You are playing with their well-being.

No matter how well you think you’ve trained them, they are like children and can not reason out the consequences of not obeying you when you call every time. I shouldn’t have to deal with your dog because you are too irresponsible to keep him under control.

Kandy Rogers

Parksville

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