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PUPPY LOVE: How can we keep our doggos (and cat pals) safe?

We all love our furry friends.

For most of us, our doggos, cat pals, and other pets are more than just furry things taking up space in our house. They are part of the family – loved, cherished, and treated like the kings and queens they are.

Part of the process of loving our pets, and giving them their best life, (especially our doggos) is taking them to the dog park.

Socialising and off-leash play is pretty darn important. It’s something your dog loves and pretty much lives for (as well as the pats of course). But with dog attacks drastically on the rise as of late, what are we as a town to do?

Surely keeping our dogs (and in some cases small children) at home all the time isn’t the answer. I mean, if we start by boycotting dog parks, what’s next? Not walking our dogs at all for fear of them being attacked by a larger, very aggressive dog?

I don’t want to make this a breed thing, because it’s not that at all. Although the lockjaw thing that some owners seem to be proud of is something to consider.

What it comes down to, is responsible pet ownership. You know your dog. You spend time with your dog. You know how your dog acts around and reacts to other dogs.

If your dog is aggressive and, in some cases downright dangerous, maybe don’t take them to a dog park unleashed.

With this in mind, I applaud those who foster dogs and are those who are reintegrating dogs that have come from some pretty dire situations.

These dogs need love just as much as anyone but, if your dog is dangerous don’t take it to the dog park.

Regardless of breed, every dog (and dog owner for that matter) has the right to feel safe while they’ve out and about simply trying to get some exercise and sunshine. 

There have just been far too many instances lately and I for one would love to know what our rights, as dog owners are. What are the consequences for dangerous dogs and irresponsible owners, and what is being done to curb this most recent influx of attacks?

Because it’s more than simply the matter of the vet bill to think about, it’s psychological harm and thoughts like (to a dangerous dog and irresponsible owner) – “what’s the difference between a small dog and a small child?” And “what can we, and/or the council do about it?”

Written by Laura Kebby

I write words about talented people doing talented things, and translate chatter by putting pen to paper.