Sedona AZ (March 14, 2011)–SedonaEye.com star columnist, Harley McGuire, with a special leash law message for his four-footed pals and their owners.
Oh my Goodness! Yesterday afternoon . . . well . . . Mom was just fixin’ to leave to go take care of some business (without me, of all things) and the doorbell rang and guess what?
A very nice neighbor lady named Jody was at the front door and said “I need help.” She had her two small doggies with her, Bingo, and I don’t recall the other’s name.
Anyhow, Mommy says, “Come inside. What is wrong?”
Jody then tells Mommy about two loose doggies that had attacked her the day before, on Thursday. She said that Bingo slipped out of his collar and took off with a big doggie chasing him, like a German Shepherd or something. Well, Jody then picked up “Little Bit” and was worried sick about the fate of Bingo running loose with all the tourist traffic on Morgan Road and all.
Fortunately dear little Bingo made it home safely. Well, that all happened the day before Jody came to Mommy for help.
Mommy asked “Should I call 911?” because Jody said she was afraid they were under attack again. Mother, in fact, had heard a strange barking sound just before Jody rang our doorbell and thought it might have been a coyote.
Jody just sat for a few minutes, rejecting Mom’s offer to call 911 since she said she had reported the incident the day before. So Mother offered to take one of her little doggies and walk home with her . . . bummer because that meant I was left at home. Poop. (Well, Mom made up for it later in the day, after she took care of her other affairs.)
However, while walking Jody and her four-footed children home, they confirmed with some worker-guys next door whether the dogs today were leashed. . . and they said “Yes.” Just as Mom and Jody were at her house, they saw two guys walking these big doggies and they were on leashes but they were having great difficulty controlling them!
Please, please . . . my message here is that there is a leash law! My great friends, Stormy and Gauge usually aren’t on leashes but their Mom and Dad are totally in control, and it’s never a problem.
However, kindly take into consideration (those of you who cannot control your beloved pets) that you risk endangering the animal-children of your very own neighbors who would also like to be your friends.
If we all obey our City codes, clean up after our pets and observe the leash law, it will make for a much happier and even more important, a legal and safer environment for all concerned.