On behalf of the staff here at UNLEASHED!,
Id like to personally thank yall for stopping in for a browse . While I have
you here, lets discuss the concept of UNLEASHED -- fine name for a web site, even a
better way to live life. But HEY!. A lousy idea for dogs and their owners
em........Little Eddie Bauer "adventure" outfits, maybe pushing one of
those four-wheel-drive baby carriages built to handle twins, another child strapped to
dads back. Everyones accounted for ...... except Fido, whos roaming
twenty paces ahead, nose scooting across the landscape and into your neighbors
petunias where a cat left its scent TWO DAYS AGO! Meanwhile, Fidos human
counterparts -- seemingly oblivious to their pets shenanigans -- nod in agreement
that it is INDEED a beautiful day for a walk.
Just one thought: WHATS WRONG
WITH YOU PEOPLE!!!!! All too often Ive seen these emancipated canines lope across a
busy thoroughfare to greet another dog, this one of course leashed to an owner that
doesnt know WHAT to make of the situation. Oblivious owners of unleashed dog --
snapping out of their euphoric haze when responsible owner yells, "CALL YOUR
DOG!" -- typically respond with their own spin on their precious pooch: "Sorry!
Belvedere doesnt usually run off like that."
Yeah well, and salt water will
supplant gasoline as fuel of choice in the 21st Century. Plain and simple, dogs left
uncontrolled are at much greater risk to injury or death on our ever-quickening urban
Now these folks arent as bad
as the REALLLL rocket scientists who open their front doors to their dogs and proclaim,
"Come back when youre done exercising." (This is true. The wife and I have
returned more than our share of stray animals to their homes only to be told that we had
interrupted their dogs daily R&R (recreation and relief) break!!! Ohhhh, what a
world! More on that another day.)
So, if youre like me, toss out
some of these tidbits of tethered trivia to the next leashless dog walker you run across
(and lets hope not run OVER):
- It is actually a MISDEMEANOR to walk
your dog without a leash. These folks might like to know how much their leisurely,
unencumbered stroll will set them back. Well, it aint cheap, particularly for repeat
offenders -- the first ticket will cost you $40 (thats the cost of a couple of swell
leashes, by the way!), the second offense $80, and the third -- WATCH OUT! -- $200!!!
Rats! There goes air conditioning for Gwendilyns doghouse!
- Hey! Have fun and read these poor
uneducated souls the San Diego County Code: "Dogs must be controlled by a leash
whenever they are taken to public property or any private property open to the
public." (The exception being, of course, any leash-optional area, such as the
ever-popular Dog Beach at the north end of Ocean Beach.) Wanna cite the code, a la Barney
Fife?? Go ahead! Section 62.669 Restraint of Dog Required -- Any person owning or having
custody or control of a dog shall prevent the dog from being "at large," meaning
"being on any private property without permission of the person who owns or has a
right to possess or use the property; or unrestrained by a leash," which by law must
be no longer than six feet.
- Point out that hundreds of dogs are
killed on San Diego County streets each year........Wish them well that theirs wont
wind up another roadkill.
So remember, a leash -- more than a
fashion statement. A true link between a dog and a responsible pet owner. No one wants a
beautiful day of walking cut short by an easily avoidable tragedy. Your dog will thank you
-- however they do that. Ours just tend to plop their furry wigglin butts down in
our freshly planted nasturtiums. A side note: probably best to "pass" on the
fresh garden greens salad at the Lamb household..
Now, off ya go!!!
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