|Who let the dogs out?|
|Written by Nancy Spencer|
|Monday, October 10, 2011 8:09 AM|
Only a person who has no clue who I am — well, millions, really — wouldn’t know that I’m a dog lover — and animal lover, really. (I like the ducks. There’s just too many.)
In another lifetime, I would be a veterinarian or a zookeeper or something to do with the care of animals. Shoulda, woulda, coulda.
I also want everyone else to enjoy my dog, too. I don’t want him to jump on people (Jack Russell, hello) or make a nuisance of himself.
We took Ringo to classes and still work with him on his commands. Some days he works us.
I won’t fib and say he hasn’t misbehaved or jumped on someone or made a pest of himself. He has. He’s a puppy.
On two occasions now, one of us and our little guy have been confronted by someone else’s dog in our own yard while Ringo’s on a leash.
They are dogs and we are the masters. That means it’s up to us to teach the dog manners and a cute trick or two along the way and ensure their safety, health and well-being.
That also means they stay on their own property.
We have had a dog for almost 14 years and have never just opened the door the let one of them out, unleashing them on people who perhaps don’t like dogs or just don’t like someone else’s dog in their yard or bothering their children or animals.
It’s a good neighbor, courteous thing.
It’s also safer for the dog. That way there’s no chance of it getting hit by a car or injured in some other way.
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