I’ve got a debate for you folks today. A debate about dogs.
Here’s the deal:
On Saturday afternoon/evening I loaded up Mikaya and my bike and headed ten minutes east into the mountains for some easy trail riding, for me, and running, for her. We frequent these trails often because the National Forest allows dogs off leash. Considering how much energy our dogs have, this is imperative to everyone’s sanity. These trails, especially on the weekends, can become quite busy.
So, we were heading up a trail minding our own business. Mikaya stayed about ten feet in front of me. She stopped and turned to look at me. Just as she did another rider came around the corner. He slowed. And a dog came behind him. The rider started, “he’s…” Then gave a pregnant pause. In which time, I replied,” oh she’s (Mikaya) super friendly.” Just as he came back with “He’s not,” his dog lurched at Mikaya and attacked her neck, instigating a fight. My heart racing, I pedaled forward and called her name, knowing that 1. I was not going to get in the middle of a dog fight. And 2. that Mikaya is well-trained on the trails to come and follow. Which, she did, albeit sheepishly.
So, what do you think? Should people who know that their dogs are aggressive have them off leash? Does this ruin it for the rest of us down the line? Or is it a free world and people can do what they want?
What would you have done if you were that person? I almost said something to the group (there were more behind the first gentleman-but only one dog) because one of the trailheads now requires dogs on leashes up to a certain point. I almost told him that he was the reason for the rules and maybe he should control his dog. But, I didn’t. I didn’t want Mikaya to get hurt. I wanted out of there. And, I’m too nice to people in public.