On the walk today, which was slightly more than a little muddy, we met with a dog walker carrying a tennis racquet. The dog, a black (well, I say black advisedly but under the mud it could have been any colour) Labrador was carrying the tennis ball. It spotted ours and ours spotted it so a bit of canine chase game ensued and the two humans stood and watched. Ours are described by the vet as “Labrador/Collie/German Shepherd cross – we think”, and “Well, there’s collie in there somewhere”. Our tennis ball chucker has graduated from a tennis racquet to a commercial device because I couldn’t hit straight.
Just as we were going on our way another small domestic terrier came past but on a lead. Now this park is a square mile or so, and there’s plenty of room. All of ours went up and started the canine greeting technique and all tails were wagging. However the owners of the terrier immediately pulled their dog away quite sharply, told it off and marched it off. It looked as disappointed as dogs can and kept looking back. Our three continued playing.
My comment to my new companion – “Is it a pet or a prisoner?”. She agreed. Dogs NEED freedom to be dogs. They need the freedom to run and exercise and that’s just not possible if you just keep them on a lead in an area where they can run free.