Dog Blog

Unleashed

By Julia Trumpold

I’m going to write about another thing that is bugging me. I promise, though, that my next blog entry won’t be complaining. Haha. Anyways, after I talked about people who don’t pick up their dog’s poop, to day I want to talk about and to the people who have their dogs off leash in public. Thankfully it has a little while since I was confronted with this problem (knock on wood), but it has happened several times last winter. As I mentioned before, I live in a great apartment complex that allows dogs. One of the rules is that dogs need to be on leash when out of apartments. This is not just a rule for the apartment complex; it’s actually a Kansas City law. Every time I talk to people who have their dogs off leash in public (and of course I’m excluding dog parks here) I get the same answer: “My dog likes everyone. He won’t do anything.” Well, that’s really great. Good for them. One of my dogs on the other hand, does not like everyone. He has fear aggression and for him it’s like “I’ll get you before you can get me.” That is not really a problem because I have my dogs on leash and we avoid other dogs and people and I have my dog under control. The problem arises when we encounter a dog off leash. When that happens the owners are usually further away and the dog, being all friendly, comes running up to us. Then I have two dogs on leash, one of my dogs not being friendly and feeling threatened. This can turn into a full blown dog fight in no time. And I will be in the middle trying to avoid the worst. It has not come to this yet, but it was close. I’ve had four close calls. Once it was a little poodle who wanted to play with my dogs and he kept following us. If my dog hurts the little dog it will be my dog’s fault even though he was not the instigator. So please, there is a reason for a leash law! Even if you have the best dog who likes everyone, there are dogs out there that don’t. So like picking up your dog’s poop, be considerate to your fellow dog owners and also to people who don’t have dogs. If your dog likes everyone and runs up to everyone that’s great if everyone is a dog lover. But there are people out there who are actually afraid of dogs. Before my mom got acquainted with my dogs and spent some time with them, she was very much afraid of dogs. A strange dog running up to her would have caused her to panic.

I want to add one more thing: keep an eye on your kids when you are out walking and there are dogs around. Even if you have dogs and your children are comfortable with dogs, not every dog is comfortable with children. My dog reacts the same way to children as he does to dogs, he’s afraid, so he gets aggressive. Do not have your children run up to dogs they don’t know! Even if a dog usually likes children, a child running towards them, flailing their arms can be scary to any dog. For everyone to stay safe, some rules need to be followed, and one of them is to keep your dogs on leash when in public.

 

Julia with her dogs Tyson and Nate

Julia with her dogs Tyson and Nate

The Not So Cute Part of Owning a Dog – Poop

 By Julia Trumpold

Dogs are great. They are cuddly, warm, always there when you need them. Having dogs in my life makes me a happier person. But of course there are the things that make it not so fun having a dog. They need to go out no matter what. If the snow is two feet deep or if the thermometer reads 110 degrees, dogs need to go out. It’s not only the taking them out (which I do enjoy 95% of the time), they also poop. Nothing wrong with it, everybody does. But being a responsible dog owner not only includes taking care of your dog by feeding them, providing them with vet care and give them exercise, in my opinion it extends to courtesy towards people around you. If you have a yard that your dog can do his business, great, do whatever you want, pick up the poop, leave it there, it’s up to everybody’s personal preference because the only people who are affected are you and your family. When you walk your dog in the neighborhood, though, you need to PICK UP AFTER HER. This should not be too much to ask of dog owners, and it’s an easy task as well. It’s easy to carry poop bags when on a walk with dogs. Personally, I have a poop bag dispenser fastened on the leash of one of my dogs, so I never forget to take them. If you don’t want to buy bags just use the grocery plastic bags you get at the grocery store. Everybody needs to buy groceries, so just recycle the bags. A lot of places (parks for example) also provide poop stations with bags and a trash can. My apartment complex does provide those as well, which I think is really great because it shows that they don’t only let dogs live there they are trying to make it pleasant for everyone as well. Looking at all of what I just described it’s really hard for me to understand how so many dog owners do not have the courtesy to clean up after their dogs. Really, what excuse do they have? It’s gross? Well, it’s part of owning a dog. They poop. It’s not convenient? Get over it. There are trash cans all over the place. If there are none in your neighborhood, get one to set it in front of the garage so you won’t have to throw the poop in your trash can in the house, because that’s really gross. Walking my dogs a lot, I encounter a lot of poop that other dog owners haven’t cleaned up. And sometimes even in spitting distance of the poop station (see pictures below). I started picking up that poop because I don’t want the apartment complex re-evaluating their pet policy because people don’t follow the rules.

One more thing, at the shelter we always pick up after the dogs we walk. We also get accused by people in the community that we don’t clean up, but that’s just not true. It’s so many other dog owners that cause the bad reputation. If everybody would just clean up after their own dogs everything would be much cleaner and a lot of friction could be avoided. J

 

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