This park requires all dogs to be leashed. That's what the signs say, and it's clear from the park's website. In a couple of hours, we saw 4 unleashed dogs, including this one by the lake, who repeatedly ignored its mistress's calls. Fortunately, the dog wasn't threatening.
On our way back we saw a woman on a bicycle headed towards us and 2 large, friendly and, even by canine standards, stupid dogs. A couple was walking maybe 20 feet ahead of us, and the guy called out "I think we have ourselves a dog." One of the dogs had started to follow him. The owner called, and then the dog started to follow us. I kept motioning to the dog to follow me; he did; the owner kept calling, increasingly worried, and the dog started whining, obviously confused. Finally the wife made me stop and we went our way. We caught up with the couple in front of us; he had been calling the dog too until his wife made him stop. Like us, they are dog lovers--but the two of us had the identical idea: if the stupid, inconsiderate owner couldn't leash her dog, we'd make her suffer a little.
Today the same correspondent was at Welwyn Preserve in Glen Cove. Here is the report:
Signs all over the place say pets are not allowed--period, leashed or unleased--and some threaten a fine. Here are two of the signs:
Nevertheless, in a couple of hours we passed 6 dogs, five of them unleashed. The owners made no attempt to leash them in our presence:
What is going on here is incivility, self-centeredness, a fundamental lack of consideration. It is no different from that shown by people who take shopping carts from a grocery store and leave them in the parking lot, who drop coffee cups and bottles on the sidewalk (forcing home owners and storekeepers to clean them up lest they get fined), or who accelerate on a highway to cut off motorists attempting to change lanes. Sorry, Winston; that's not going to be changed by someone in authority gently telling them to leash-up.
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10:15 this morning, Prospect Park lake, video taken from the Wellhouse.