Dog's don't understand anger. If my dog's not attacking you and you kick him, then you've become the animal on the trip.
I see the dog owners have spoken.
1. I don't trust people who don't like dogs per se. Not liking dogs in a particular situation is different.
2. If you don't have children, it doesn't empower you to compare your dog to a human child. The two are different--there is no debate about that.
3. Humanistically, humans are far more replusive than dogs--no matter how ironic that sounds.
4. Humans tend to be irresponsible and those irresponsible human's dogs reflect that.
5. When the majority of dog owners learn how to control their dogs, I will change my mind and welcome them on the river without conditions. Until then, the few exceptional dog owners--no matter how inspiring--do not overshadow the bad ones.
1. No one is arguing that aggressive dogs shouldn't be controlled. People who don't like friendly, well-behaved dogs? That's a different story. I'll refrain from telling a very recent story for the sake of the people and dogs involved; it wasn't my dog, but I will say that I met the dog and the humans for the first time that weekend and I walked away preferring the dog and her humans to the ones who didn't like her.
2. Can't complain- I have one of each.
3.Not ironic- see above quote
4. That has been established here.I'd like to think this is a conversation among responsible dog owners.
5. See #4
On a side note, I really like the rattlesnake pics- I love reptiles, have a few in my home- I gave away the more dangerous ones when my son was born. They are beautiful, and I'd love to meet one (from a safe distance) next to a river some day.