Thursday, February 4, 2016
I love Dogs, I even like cats
Traveling with pets can be complicated. We haven’t had a pet since the boys left home. The main reason is,we are on the go. If we had a pet when we started I am sure we would have taken it along and enjoyed it.
EVERY RV Park has pet rules. The main two are: 1. You must clean up after your pet. 2. The pet must be leashed at all times. Both rules are flagrantly ignored by a few pet owners that tend to irritate us who have no pets.
If I had a dollar for every dog pile I stepped in as a kid, I would not be rich, but I would have a small bank roll. In my youth, no one leashed their dog, most seldom cleaned up after them. My dog Ace had to be chained in the yard, because he loved to chase chickens. When I was with him he was never on a leash and he would mind me, BUT times changed. Towns came up with leash laws and dogs could not run loose. Cats always have continued to run loose but I have never heard of a cat mauling a kid or older person. I had an English Water Spaniel, Ace. He didn't have papers (I guess he was illegal) but I sure loved that dog, he was a gift from my Aunt Ann Harbinson.
But back to the rules. One of our acquaintances in an RV park NEVER leashes his dog, it is a smaller dog and very smart and I have never seen it misbehave, but I have this thing about pet rules. Another acquaintance has two pit Bulls, they have a leash, but no one is holding them, just hanging. They too are mannerly (or have been so far) but I do not trust a Pit Bull, it’s a personal thing.
Yesterday on our walk we saw a leashed cat. That is always a funny site. I have seen a cat stop, stretch and out on the road or path, ignoring the human they own.
Many parks have a rule about the weight of a dog, none over 45 pounds. That rule is also ignored, even by the park owners, because they get paid extra for the pets.
Most pet owners DO OBEY the rules, but there is always the 10% as they say!
PS: Most folks today do not know you can love and get love with a mixed breed dog.