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But the story Wednesday about the two guys in Orem getting bit by a pack of dogs got me going. Not because two were pit bulls but because they were running loose! Keep your dogs in your yard and put them on a leash for cryin’ out loud! Why is that so hard? One of those dogs may be put down now because of an irresponsible owner.
I take Buddy the Dog for a walk every morning and while he strains against the leash (he’s a border collie and wants to run, run, run) I won’t take it off even though he’s a very good dog and well behaved. There are some very good reasons for that. First and foremost, I don’t want him to get squished by a car. I just read a stat from New Jersey that showed 6,000 dogs were killed by cars in that state last year. The number killed while on a leash? ZERO!! Second, there are a lot of dogs in my neighborhood, some roaming free unfortunately, and I don’t want him getting into a fight. And last, even though I could go on, there are a lot of kids in the neighborhood some of whom may be afraid of dogs and I don’t want to frighten them. That may include some of the adults too. Plus you never know how your dog will react in a given situation. My first dog Max was a frisky, fun loving poodle/terrier mix that didn’t have a mean bone in his body. One day I was out in the front yard and decided to let him out with me. A man was walking down the street with his young child in his arms and stopped to pet the “cute doggy.” I was stunned when Max leapt up and nearly nipped the kid. I apologized profusely and never let that happen again.
And here’s where I may tick off more people. Dog lover that I am, I actually agree with the guy in Park City who has pepper sprayed a couple of dogs off leash. He has every right to expect to be free from those slobbering mutts and the chance they might bite him. There are several places you can walk your dog off leash, granted I wish there were more, where everyone knows it’s an off leash area and is expecting it. So make sure your dog is in a secure place and on a leash for it's safety and everyone else’s!