Friends, I have been debating for awhile whether or not to write about this topic because I was concerned about offending someone. I have finally decided to go for it because if this pertains to you, you need to read it. This is about absent owners of unleashed dogs and how I think they are…mean.. Yes, I said it. They are mean! Here’s why – when I am walking with leashed dogs and your unleashed/unfenced/unsecured/untrained dog charges at us and you are nowhere in sight how in the (bleep) am I suppose to know if your dog is friendly?! On the other hand, how do you know if the dogs I am walking are friendly?! You can say that your dog wouldn’t hurt a fly all you want, but in reality your dog is an animal. Animals defend themselves, even friendly ones! So if your super friendly, unleashed dog charges at the anxious, nervous, leashed dogs that I am walking what would you expect my nervous dogs to do? And what would you expect me to do? I love the pet sitting part of my job, I LOVE IT. But I’m 5’6″ and 120lbs. If I’m walking two leashed 70 lb labs and an unleashed dog angrily approaches us and a 3 dog brawl breaks out, what can I do? Aside from unzipping my nerdy chic walking sash, pulling out my emergency dog horn and praying it works, there’s really nothing more I can do unless I’m willing to lose a hand…all because you as the absent, unleashed dog owner couldn’t just hold onto your dog or be present to call your dog back to safety.
Let’s flip the scenario…If a human whom you have never met or even seen before came running at you full speed from down the street, what would you do? Run away? Stand there and hope the person has good intentions? Fight? Kind of creepy to think about isn’t it? Surprise surprise! It’s creepy for the dogs too! I can honestly say that an unleashed dog approaches me while I’m walking my furry friends at least once a week and not one of those unleashed dogs acts “friendly” towards us. Each and every one approaches us with a growl, hair standing up, or showing teeth. Not cool. And to top it off those dog owners don’t even know it’s happening because 9 out of 10 times the owner is nowhere in sight, there is nobody to help should an unpleasant situation arise. Thankfully, my slick moves 😉 have saved us all so far but there have been way too many close calls and each time could have easily been avoided. YOU, the absent owner of the unleashed dog could have spared me and my furry friends the anxiety and unpleasant walking experiences. So stop being a jerk and put in a fence or even an electric fence OR at the very least be outside within eyesight of your unleashed dog. Sorry, not sorry.