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Walking hazards

August 13, 2009 - Heather Ziegler
Lately when walking around the Woodsdale, Pleasanton areas of Wheeling, my sister and I have noticed an increasing number of loose dogs. We both love dogs and even saved one from being hit by a car on Washington Avenue when it started into the street while cars were zooming by. It thanked us by growling and barking at us. We were still glad the pooch wasn't hit by the car. Still we were accosted several times in residential areas. Some of the dogs just barked and barked while others actually ran up to us. When a strange dog runs toward you, you don't know what to expect. In most cases, the results have been friendly. However, we did encounter two young boys walking a rather large dog. The dog was on a leash and the boys were very good at walking with the dog. Yet, when a small dog suddenly appeared out of nowhere, ran up to the larger dog and starting jumping around, the boys had a tough time holding that big dog in check. The loose dog was with a woman who finally caught up to the situation. That little dog should have been on a leash. And for all those people who simply tie a dog to a chain or box, what's the sense? Dogs need to run and play just like kids but in controlled circumstances. Let's just all use our heads and hearts.


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