posted on Dec, 30 2011 @ 10:23 AM
A big thanks again to all who sent me warm comments about my experience and a big hug to those who think my dog's a handsome boy.
He's a very
old gent and I'll be so lost when he's gone. Regarding how he is with his bunny buddies, they consider him to be sort of a parent figure since I
socialized them when the young buns were a week old. Also, I keep my rabbits loose in the yard 24/7, so they always play together and there's no fear
among them. Funny how people will never be able to do this with each other.
To the poster above me who finally mentioned the sign and those who don't follow the rules. I admit I'm guilty, but on the other hand, I guess you
can say I'm actively and silently protesting this ridiculous "no pets on the boardwalk" rule. America is a strange place. We love our animals, but
at the same time, the officials make rules that honor the desires of those who don't enjoy the companionship of furry friends as much as others. Just
recently, the town next to mine relaxed the rules about having dogs in outside eating areas and added one day a month that people can bring their dogs
into town while all the restaurants offer special dishes for the dogs. I think this is so cool! My town is also getting more lenient about dogs being
at tables in outside eating areas, so this acceptance is catching on and I hope it spreads further. I often dream about our country being like France
where dogs are allowed practically everywhere. So, my snubbing of the "no pets on boardwalk" rule is my way of saying "relax, it's OK". Regarding
those who don't keep their dogs on leashes in public, this is irresponsible behavior. Unless you're at a dog park or in the woods/country, folks
need to keep their dogs leashed. Speaking to my friend last night about what happened, he said that the sign is probably more of a deterance than an
actual rule. In all honesty, most days I'm there, I'm not the only person with a dog on the boardwalk. It's a common thing to see.
On the other hand, I've come to find that people who don't like animals are the most miserable people on the planet. As with the jerk I encountered,
he obviously doesn't like people or animals and maybe has a special hatred for dogs. Maybe his parents never let him have a dog, so now he has to
ruin every dog owner's fun. I'm only speculating here though, but the guy was most certainly not right in the head. He obviously had some guts to
approach me while I had two large dogs as another poster mentioned. I'm a very small woman (4'7") and for me to be keeping both large dogs under
control should've demonstrated to him that I don't rattle easily, but this probably made me look like a more challenging target to this freak. He
may even have been jealous because I'm able to do something he's not capable of or afraid to try. You just never know what's going through a
person's head or what their trigger might be. Although, I am sorry that I mentioned to him that I go there every day. I have a feeling that he's
going to be watching for me and will try to ruin my day again. This time, I'll be ready.
Long live the dogs and those who love them!