Opinion

Keep local dogs on a leash

I would like to use this opportunity to plead with all of the dog


owners in the Valley, mainly Snoqualmie, where myself, as well as others


I'm sure, are being affected.


We have got to get the dogs around here on leashes or fenced in. I


know dog lovers are thinking to themselves, "My dog doesn't attack." It may


be true. Your dog may not have attacked you, but I have been attacked by


three dogs in my lifetime, two of them by owners who claimed that their


animal had never lost control.


The truth is that dogs have animal instincts and when they feel


threatened or sense fear from us, they attack. When I see a dog, my body


temperature rises and I get very nervous. Immediately the canine begins


barking and snarling; this is no exaggeration. It happens every time I pass an


unleashed dog on the street or in their owner's yard, not fenced in. It's


crazy. I feel for an owner's conscience when their dog attacks a young child


outside playing. I can tell you that it is going to happen with so many


irresponsible dog owners in the area. Why sit and wait for it to happen if we


can prevent it?


Please, if you have a dog, simply put it on a leash or fence it in. It's


the right thing to do, and it's not like it hurts the animal. I have a


year-old daughter that I enjoy taking walks with, but I have had too many


encounters with "tame," unleashed Snoqualmie/North Bend dogs that


I am just too afraid.



Alison Cockerham


Snoqualmie

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