I am a dog walker.
Saturday, October 16, 2010
I have three Chihuahuas and for the last three years I have been walking my little babies. They love walking and I love getting out of the house and enjoy walking as well. Each morning little Benjamin wakes me to go for our walk. I get up and get dressed and head for the door and pick up their leashes and all three come running. Michael pushes Benjamin out the of the to be first and Benjamin cuts around Michael to be first and little Bessie just wants to go. After I attach the leashes to their collars they get even more excited. I grab my key and then my cane and open the door. They run out the door and off the porch and go for the tree. Then we turn to the road, and little Benjamin will walk on his hind legs till we get to the road and off we go. They leave their sent on every sign post, tree, or blade of grass that is close to the road, but never had I allowed them into anyone yard or on their plants. We walk on the city property at all times.
By the way I live in a small town in Southern Oklahoma, population about 800 so there are no law about picking up your dogs poop and discarding it, but we do have a leash law. So if your dog runs free you get a fine, and if enough complains come in then the dogs will be picked up and you have to pay a fine plus the boarding of your dog.
You are probably wondering why I am telling you all this. Well a couple of months ago I got bit by our mayor’s dog, but when I called the dogcatcher my calls were never returned. Why you ask. Well no one wants to pick up the mayor’s dog for fear of losing his or her job. The other night while I was walking the mayor’s dog came charging at me so I used my cane to stop the dog (you don’t have to hit the dog to ward him off) but the mayor saw me fighting off her dog and came screaming out to me using the most foul language I have ever heard coming from a woman. She would put a sailor to shame. She grabbed my arm and I thought she was going to hit me so I raised my cane to block any blows from her. I tried several times to walk away and she used her dog to keep me from going on my way. Finally she turned and went back to her house, the moment she turned around her dog snapped at me, and this is the first time that I ever had to hit a dog and I blame the owner of the dog. Our mayor then went to the police and filed charges on me. Our police chief suggested that I put my dogs into my car and go to a track at the school to walk my dogs. Talk about inconvenient on my part and the waste of gas to do what I have been doing for the past three years just because our Mayor does not obey the law and lets her dogs run where they may. Should a Mayor of any town or city be above the law and should they get away with treating innocent people this way, not to mention filing a false report? I have not been out walking since this all happened.