The Running Realtor: My Tee'd Off Tone for Tuesday - 4-10-07

A blend of ramblings about Real Estate & Running around New Haven County and the Connecticut Shoreline

My Tee'd Off Tone for Tuesday - 4-10-07

Dogs... Man's Best Friend or NOT!   

I have always been around dogs but I am not crazy about them.  As a kid there were the chores, feeding, walking and the joy of the Pooper Scooper.  As an adult I notice the stink of the food, shedding of hair and of course the joy of stepping in a fresh mess hidden in the lawn.  All relatively minor annoyances.....

My oldest son's dog ( right ) was with us from about '81 until the mid 90's, about 15 years if I recall correctly.  After that we enjoyed a few dog free years before my youngest son wanted a pet.  We survived the pressure of kindergarten when every drawing or story had to be about "your pet".  That Christmas all the kid wanted was a DOG...but I held firm.... Logically it didn't make sense. His whim would fade and we'd be stuck... but in a momentary lapse of my senses I gave in and my wife ran out that day and came home with dog. ( sofa below )

Now that you understand I'm not a dog lover or hater I'll get to my point.   Typically I do the same 3, 5 or 8 mile run several times a week so I know my course quite well.  The playful pups that may be out with their owner and run into the street as I come by... The ones that obey the invisible fencing and just bellow out their bark.  No problems....

I have never been afraid of dogs but have been startled twice in the last few weeks. Could be partially my fault since the ipod blocks some sound. 

The first incident came on my right as I trotted along and JUMPED with a turning twist as the huge head of a Rottweiler appeared by my hand.  Fortunately I wasn't injured but a dog bite or a strain from a quick twist of my back is a concern.  The second time was a different street, different dog and it made contact on my left. I instantly brought out the Monstrous Me and let out my ROAR of choice words for all to hear.

Yes... I get tee'd off!  The dogs should be confined and not bothering me.  If I get bit there will be no sympathy.  My request will go straight to the town termination committee!!

Comment balloon 8 commentsNo Longer Active • April 10 2007 04:54AM


My daughter and I were walking our dog (all 7 lbs of him) and we got charged by a huge german sheppard that ran out of his owners garage toward us.  He went right for our little dog.  We were terrified, screaming.  It is my second incident with that dog.  I'm over it. 
Posted by Chris Griffith, Bonita Springs Listing Agent (Downing-Frye Realty, Bonita Springs, FL) about 12 years ago
Hi, Dan!  Is there a leash law in your area?  We have one here but we have a couple loose dogs that come into my neighborhood from a few miles down the road.  They make it hard for me to walk my little dog and they set off the whole neighborhood barking, because somehow a loose dog is much more intersting than one being walked by it's people.  I have to watch for them when I drive.  I'd hate to think what it would be like if I were a runner.  (I'm not, but I walk.)  One loose dog enjoys going under the schoolbus in the mornings and I worry that it's going to get hit in front of my kids, and they really like her.  I wish the owners were more responsible.
Posted by Sarah Cooper (Real Estate Shows) about 12 years ago

Chris.. I get over it quick myself but need something to rant about on Tuesdays... Who knows... I may even turn into Mr. Softie if some little kids dog nips at me...

Sarah.. Yes we have leash laws but we all know how well rules work. We also have neighborhood dogs that roam free and last year even had one that liked to sun bath in the middle of the street, never moved so cars would have to drive around him.  The joy of neighbors...

Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) about 12 years ago
aaahhh come on Running Man, that Pooch on the couch looks so lovable! And I bet he's so glad to see you come home everyday!
Posted by Danny Smith (DISCOVER TEXAS HOMES) about 12 years ago growl ain't what it used to be... must be all the eggshells I've been running on the last few months
Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) about 12 years ago
you are too funny - I have always felt the same way about dogs - and we are empty nesters when my husband - who mind you is a long haul trucker and only home Friday night and Saturday - brought home a lab puppy - do you know how big those piles are?  He is confined though you can run past anytime :o)
Posted by Thesa Chambers, Principal Broker - Licensed in Oregon (Fred Real Estate Group) about 12 years ago
My neighbor across the street used to have a wolf, who he let roam free all the time.  At first this made me nervous, but the wolf never went near the children, and kind of stayed to himself.  Now and again, he would come over to you to be petted but he was a really good dog.  Then one day a man walked right up to my neighbors garage, the wolf knew this person was up to no good.  Before the man even knew the wolf was there, the wolf bit him on the back side.  After that we all felt a bit safer while the wolf was around.
Posted by Beth Bastian, Simi Valley Real Estate (Rosemont Financial Inc) about 12 years ago

Thesa... Glad to know someone else here sees my sometimes hidden humor.

Beth... There are certainly positive aspects of animals running free and a barking dog behind a door is a deterrent to crime.  Out in suburbia those are not always foremost on my mind.

Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) about 12 years ago

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