I love dogs. Itâ€™s just the people who hold their leashes who I often want to boil in a vat of porcupine urine. Or more accurately, itâ€™s the people whoÂ should hold their leashes – but instead feel entitled to turn the whole world into an off-leash dog park.
If you leash your dog in public and (this is important) keep a hold of the leash throughout the duration of your time out and about, I salute you. You know how to be good to your dog. My fellow bicyclists also appreciate your consideration.
Now, the rest of you lot. The people who donâ€™t think they need to leash their dogs. Or better yet, you put the leash on, drop it and let Fido run about. Yes, you.
You are a giant pain in the ass for bicyclists.
You see, I donâ€™t know your dog. Your unleashed, 110-pound ball sniffer might be the sweetest dog on the planet. But â€¦ I just donâ€™t know that. I am unfamiliar with your dogâ€™s personality quirks – the little things that might startle it into an episode involving barking, chasing, biting, stitches and possibly a rabies shot. When Iâ€™m on my bike, your dog becomes an X factor, a potential threat. The best way to nullify that threat is to put a leash on your pooch, and keep a solid grip on the leash. Problem solved.
Now, letâ€™s talk about you people with the little dogs. They donâ€™t propose much of a threat to me, aside from making me crash while trying to avoid them.
But I do not want to hurt your dog – not even if itâ€™s a Chihuahua. You are being a bad human to your dog by letting it dart around unleashed. Your job is to protect and care for your dog. A fast-moving 200-pound dude on the trail or in the bike lane is a threat to your dog. Thing is, Iâ€™m legally allowed to be there. But I donâ€™t know of a single city where your dog is legally allowed to roam at large. So, youâ€™re breaking the law with your dog as the unwitting accomplice.
So, be good to your dog. Put it on a leash. Weâ€™ll all be safer for it.
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