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I feel your frustration. With many people, dogs are assumed guilty until proven innocent, and still others don't believe a dog can ever be "innocent". We've got an interesting view of our companion animals here in the states - they're not exactly as trusted and welcome as dogs in most European countries, but they're not as neglected as in say Latin American countries. I almost want to begin a dog-owners advocacy group... just as a way of promoting the interests of responsible dog owners and their well mannered pets.Hiker Girl wrote:However...I get frustrated when people freak out because he looks like a big mean dog.... He's always got a huge smile on his face.
That's my rant for now...I just get frustrated is all.
exactly, a dog that is properly trained is taught to pay attention and mind your directions regardless of distractions.if they're charging you, they're not trained. Period.
FWIW, I wish I could agree. I won't argue that you have an invalid point of view, but mine is quite the opposite. It's about being practical. I would rather wrongfully act and injure a dog than risk it injuring me or one of my companions; or worse - my child. People with dogs should be mindful that I am out there among you, as are others like me that have been attacked in the past. The simple truth is that, to me, an unrestrained dog is a potential threat just as a wolf or coyote I would encounter could be. Like I've said, keep him or her in line and we can all be friends out there...Hiker Girl wrote: However, to categorize all dogs as bad because of ones you have met prior is a horrible stereotype.
What's more, the only group that will respond to enforce a complaint is the law enforcement rangers at Saguaro.nickfraley wrote:true but those signs and rules are ignored on a constant basisazbackpackr wrote:In Tucson, from what I hear, there are almost no trails remaining that do allow dogs.