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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.