I don't agree that it is a dog owners "privilage" to use the sidewalk! It's statements like that that make me wish I lived in the middle of nowhere, just me, my husband and my dog.
I'm sorry I pay taxes too. This owner was wrong but I agree that a majority of the joggers I have seen have little to no regard to what is going on around them. Sure, they shouldn't have to take a dog safety course but they should be aware of their surroundings, just as you are asking the dog owner to be. We've bred dogs to be what they are. It isn't their fault, it wasn't part of a natural process that we have huskies, and aussies, and jack russel terriers. It was by selective breeding to get spacific traits. In my opinon a beautiful, strong, majestic dog like a husky has no buisness having to live around joggers and the like. He should be out in the wild with his owner pulling a sled and enjoying the great outdoors. But that is just my opinion. My point is we tend to blame the dog, and the owner when it is a sociatal issue. WHY are people afraid of dogs? Why do they instead of being aware of them as creatures to be respected do they taunt them or make hateful remarks towards owners? Sunny weighs in at 25lbs, and that is all the bigger he is going to get but he still deserves respect as a living creature. He lunges at people while we are walking...he wants to be petted and loved by every walking thing. I don't see that as a danger. A nusince maybe but not a danger, and we are working to correct the problem. To make this into a "no dogs allowed" issue really gets me heated. I just found out that the majority of the national parks now have "no dogs allowed" in the friggin backcountry. why? because it might scare some other hikers. I'm sorry, are we going to eradicate birds now because some people are afraid of them? What about coyotes. Or wolves...oh yeah, mostly already DONE that. It is human ignorance that says "I deserve to be here more then animals" , and it is that ignorance that deprives society of kindness and a true sense of love and respect for the world around them!