Some Grand County dog owners need to learn manners |

Some Grand County dog owners need to learn manners

To the Editor:

I live in Winter Park and go trail running every day, and most encounters with pets and owners on a walk is inconsequential.

Lately, however, many dog owners seem to allow their untrained and unleashed dogs to run wild and assault runners, hikers and walkers.

The typical response is: “Gee Whiz, Bosco never did that before.” Or my favorite: “Don’t worry, he’s friendly,” as though that is an excuse for an aggressive frontal or heel-biting assault.

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I recently encountered in Tabernash on the Fraser-Granby trail run a loose Rotweiller breed that charged me showing teeth, growling and snarling. The dog would not respond to

voice commands from the lethargic owner. I was not hurt but it truly scared the h*** out of me.

The response from the owner? None. Apology? None.

I now carry defensive mace-pepper spray on all my runs (legal in Colorado).  

I guess there will always be a few Bad Dogs and Dumb Owners.

P.S. – Ever notice that the dog walkers who utilize the 50 foot retractable leash still allow their dogs to get within your perimeter as though that is now acceptable? Excuse me, lady, but I really don’t want to trip over your 120 pound poodle or have him smell my crotch.

Claude Diamond

Winter Park

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