Don’t get too close today… I may just bite
Today I’m in the mood for a rant… so, sorry no nice pretty pictures, but sometimes things just have to be said.
Regular readers will know that our two dogs, Jess and Pip the travelling dogs, come with us in the Kiwi Blog Bus on every trip.
This of course means we have to exercise them and pick up after them – which we do without fail.
We are responsible dog owners and walk them on leads in permitted areas only, we take them off the leads when we are on mostly empty beaches or big spacious fields/dog parks etc. Many beaches have strict rules about what time of year dogs are allowed on, or if it’s in the evenings only.
When we arrive at the beach/site/reserve we always check if dogs are permitted – if they are not then we’ll move on – even if this means a long drive to a suitable place (as happened to us in the middle of remote Urewera National Park!)
I don’t think there is any excuse for people to ignore “no-dogs permitted” signs.
We have a lot of rare and protected birds and wildlife in New Zealand and the signs are generally in particular areas for such reasons.
But what winds me up most (and a number of people may choose to disagree with me here) is to see dogs in permitted areas but OFF the lead.
you know it means dogs permitted if ON a lead??
We recently came across this sign on a walk through Karangahake Gorge and we had a pleasant morning walking our two dogs on the marked pathway…. ON their leads.
Many other responsible dog owners passed us and our leashed dogs exchanged greetings and carried on.
One of our dogs, which I shan’t name but I’ll just say is a white one, is not the most sociable canine and is learning to be friendly to other dogs (with lots of encouragement!).
Then we stumble across Mr The-Rules-Don’t-Apply-To-Me who had his little yappy terrier off a lead and running around our ankles. He was kind enough (!!) to warn me that I should keep my dogs away from his as it was not always on its best behaviour!
Unfortunately the path forked and he took the same turn as us so we stalled and let him get ahead so we could enjoy our walk without my head threatening to explode at the sight of his rowdy, loose, dog running around.
Further ahead we came across our second encounter with a family walking towards us with one dog on a lead and one not. They frantically called the loose dog but it ignored them and we had a snappy encounter as we tried to pass them on the path.
My other reason for the rant is that how on earth can people clean up after their dogs when they are several minutes ahead? The dog is out of sight; round a corner, under the trees, or just crapping in the middle of the path but by the time their owners arrived they don’t know if their dog did it or not – of maybe they just don’t care.
Better watch out.. I’m off my leash.