Everyone's a Critic
The Observer's culture blogThursday, July 2, 2020
DANGER AT THE DOG PARK: What Every Visitor Needs to Know.
Scary story, but good to know. Harrowing to think that a great grandmother could suffer an injury like this while walking her dog. Thanks for sharing.
July 8, 2020, 3:24 p.m.
Thank you so much for what could be lifesaving advice for a child or elderly dog owners like my self I have Portuguese water dogs who know where their bodies are and where a person's body is so they never bump a child a baby or an elderly person unfortunately for me I had my eye on my dog in front of me when I was charged by a dog whose owner did not claim him. Until I left the park supported by friends and limping in pain physically supported by friendS in hindsight I wish I had them call an ambulance. I drove myself to Ann Arbor Hospital my leg was fractured and required extensive surgery. I was in rehab for six weeks. I have been thrown up in the air landing on my leg had I've been informed As I now have reading your article I would've found the owner and the dog so no one else could be hurt. Recovery time took over six months. It is my assessment that no matter how gentle your dog is Do not assume that other dogs will not charge you. Please don't bring children to dog parks They can to easily be seriously injured. I weighed 135 pounds and was literally thrown up in the air, Years before mix of lab and poodle charged my knees followed by a Rottweiler chasing the first dog it caused a serious meniscus tear of my knee resulting in pain and suffering for months afterwards. Had it been a child instead of me this 300 pound combined attack what cause serious injury or death. Again thank you for alerting parents and grandparents to this potential danger. I hope you disseminateThis article to other communities It's important that we have dog parks in every community because it socializes the dogs and prevents attacks on children The rule should be children's park for children and dog parks for dogs and owners as long as the owners are adults. Perhaps another way to protect oneself from a charging dog is to have a large walkingstick that you can hold in front of you so that they are deterred and go around you and have somebody who is behind you on the lookout for charging dogs and can push you out of their path or pull you out of their path.
August 6, 2020, 6:41 p.m.
From a Dog Park designer: You alone are responsible to be aware of your surroundings at all times, while in a "dog park." That dog park is completely open and there are no blind spots. Enjoy chatting to people, while you are in the activity area, But keep your eyes on what is around you and be ready to move away from dogs that are come close to you, while they are vigorously exercising. It is not a "people" park, it is a dog park.
August 29, 2020, 12:23 p.m.
People are the problem at the dog park. Socializing not paying mind to their dog. I was approached by a group of regulars in a pack to be informed of their rules. Very controlled. Never went back
August 30, 2020, 9:03 a.m.
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