Tuesday, August 26, 2014

A Beautiful Hike RUINED By An, IRRESONSIBLE OWNER

The day started out so wonderful.  We woke up to beautiful weather with lots of sunshine and no rain in sight.  Around lunchtime we decided to take our dogs for a hike on the dog friendly Greenbelt trail.

Sounds great doesn't it?  Well it was great... until an irresponsible owner and her off leash dog appeared on the trail.    We stepped aside with Isis and Phoebe, who were leashed as they always are.  Of course the unleashed dog came running over to us.  I asked the owner to please call her dog.  Instead of calling her dog away, she replied "Oh he's friendly.  Just keep walking, he won't follow you".   She continued walking and yaking away on her cell phone.   We continued on but he did follow us, and after about 15 feet I yelled "Call Your Dog!".  She steadfastly refused to call her dog away and again told us to just keep walking.  At that point her dog was way too close for my comfort.  I stepped in front of Phoebe to block her and began yelling and waving my arms at the dog in an attempt to make him go away. My efforts were futile.  The dog wouldn't leave and the inconsiderate owner still did nothing.  We yelled that this is NOT an off leash trail and that her dog should be leashed.  She then proceed to curse us out and then say "everyone loves my dog!".   We couldn't believe she would make such a ridiculous, irrelevant statement.

Signs like this appear around the park area.  Excuse my crummy photograpy, the signs are actually very clear!
We finally got away from the dog.  The arrogance of individuals like her always shocks me.  She would not even acknowledge in any way that she did something wrong, that her dog was supposed to be leashed per park regulations.  She acted at though we were the culprits and had no right to ask her to call her dog away from us or to expect her dog to be leashed.  Why do selfish, irresponsible dog owners think they are above laws and regulations?  Why do they think it's OK for their dog to lunge at everyone else and their dogs without any boundaries whatsoever?  It's people like that who ruin it for everyone else and cause public parks and other areas to be off limits to dogs.

Most parks in Long Island, New York do not allow dogs at all so when we find one that does it's pretty special.  Long Islanders have had to work hard to gain access for dogs at any parks and beaches out here, so following the rules is especially important.  If we don't, it will be all too easy for our dogs' access to be yanked away.  The number one rule is always Clean Up After Your Dog, the number two rule is always Keep Your Dog ON LEASH in accordance with park regulations and local ordinance. Obviously, she had not intention of cleaning up after her dog either, she wasn't watching him at all.  For the most part, only secure dog parks/runs and a couple of other areas permit off leash dogs on Long Island.

I turned back to snap this photo of the offending owner,  still gabbing on her cell phone like nothing happened, her off leash dog still unattended
This Loser ruined our beautiful hike and in fact most of our day.  At this point, my husband doesn't want to ever go back to that wonderful hiking trail.  It stinks that our dogs have to suffer because of the woman's selfishness. 

What would you have done in this situation?  What do you think I should do, if anything, with the photo we took of her with her offleash dog; should we share it with the Long Island Greenbelt Association?  The local police?  Can anything be done about people like her who ruin it for everyone else?  If you have encountered this issue and have any advice to share, please post a comment, I'd appreciate hearing from you.  Thanks for letting me rant today, friends.

4 comments:

  1. Ah :( I hate when people ruin things for everyone else. The unfortunate part is that I'm not sure the officials will be able to do to much about it even if you told them, but I'm not exactly sure. So sorry your hike was ruined!
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    1. It really stinks that now we won't go back to that wonderful trail because of one inconsiderate person. Thanks Jenna, & thanks for stopping by!

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  2. This is a HUGE peeve for me, too. I always make sure my dogs are leashed and even when they are, that they behave and are not allowed to pay any attention to other dogs unless ok'd by me. We have been charged by off leash dogs and even if my dogs were to spark off at the offending dog (as any dog is entitled to do when they are being charged), whose dog would be labeled "viscious" or "bad?" Why mine, of course, because they are large and have cropped ears so they MUST be at fault. GAH! People suck! They just have NO CLUE! I'm angry FOR you!

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    1. You are so right, Shannon! It's unfair that others ruin it for people like us who adhere to all the rules. It's one of my biggest peeves too. In fact less than an hour ago we were walking our dogs & a man let his dog out in front of his house just as we walked by. Of course the dog came after us and targeted little Phoebe. It took a few minutes for the dog to listen to the owner calling him back. He's still a fool, but at least he called his dog away! Wish there was some enforcement of the leash laws. Thanks for your support and for visiting the blog!

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