In Jackson Park in Peterborough yesterday around 5:30.
Imagine you are going for a nice run. You see a dog off leash ahead of two women on the trail. The dog crosses the trail and starts heading toward you.
You stop in your tracks, call to the woman and say “Please put your dog on a leash”.
The woman tells you “Just keep walking, my dog won’t bother you, he just wants to say ‘Hi’”.
You say “Please put your dog on a leash. I have been attacked by a dog so I’m not comfortable around loose dogs. Besides there is a law and a $5,000 fine for having your dog off leash.”
She says “Why can’t we just all get along? Why does my dog need to be on a leash? That’s not fair to me or my dog.”
In a nutshell she was saying:
- ‘getting along’ means I get to do what I want regardless of the City Bylaws
- interrupt your run to accommodate me
- “I’m special” – my needs and my dog’s needs take precedence over your rights and the law
How would you respond?