Be kind to pets and leave them home
To the Editor:
Four and a half million people are injured by dogs each year in the U.S. and yet each year dogs are showing up in every public place. There seems to be a complete lack of consideration for the rights of others in public settings.
I am citing Sharon O’Connor’s letter of thanks to others regarding the “escape” of her Irish wolfhound in a public park. The dog was off the leash and running on its own. I am pleased that people caught the dog before it could cause harm to an individual.
The past couple of years I am seeing the pseudo service dog everywhere I go. The dogs are in grocery stores, restaurants, concerts, farmer markets, etc. Knowledge that many people have been attacked by dogs, especially seniors and children, seems to cause no worry for the owner.
I always wondered what possible reason would a responsible dog owner have to bring any kind of dog – other than a legitimate service dog – to a public place with so much external stimuli and expose to the public of possible danger.
Ms. O’Connor was luckier than a leprechaun on Aug. 1 when other people in attendance not only saved her unleashed dog but also saved others from possible injury. If one of the rescuers suffered a medical incident or injury in catching the dog, I wonder what Ms. O’Connor would have done.
An act of kindness and a service to others and other dogs would be to keep your pet at home. People who respect the rights of others are my heroes.
On the lighter side
To the Editor:
Did you hear about the Italian chef who died? He pasta way.
My wife accused me of being immature. I told her to get out of my fort.