Dog Walker's Manifesto
Wednesday, February 06, 2013
Perhaps you walk with a canine companion, like I do. Perhaps you walk alongside another person, or group of people. Maybe you strap a young child to your back and take a stroll. It could be that you even bring an exotic companion, like a bird or cat-on-a-leash, or anything you can think of while you get out and enjoy the great outdoors. Maybe you are a solo trip-taker. Maybe you don't walk at all. No matter what, I am happy to share the road with you.
As a responsible pet owner, I promise these things to you:
-I will pick up my dog's messes. Always, and without exception. I will also endeavor to keep my dog out of your flower beds, shrubbery, children's play areas, etc.
-My dog and I will give you the right-of-way and step off the sidewalk in your favor, which is not a sign that my dog is unfriendly.
-I will not publicly walk an aggressive, angry, or unruly dog, nor will I lose control of my dog without shouting a warning to you and making every human attempt to regain control of him. In that awful situation, please do not panic, and follow whatever instructions I give.
-I will carry a lighted flashlight and wear light colored clothing at night, even if I look really silly doing so. It is a walk, not a fashion show.
-I will say "hello" to you if I see you out and about while I'm walking. You aren't obligated to have a long conversation with me, but a smile and nod would be nice.
-Of course I will do these things for your dog, too. If it will be an on-going agreement, let's set up a time to discuss fees and terms of service.
As a sharer of the public space, please do me these favors:
-Ask before you approach my dog, and if I tell you that now is not a good time, just accept it, and we'll try again next time.
- Don't put out millions of "No pooping here" signs. I will always, always pick up after my pet. He has to poop somewhere. Yes, I respect your wish to have a clean and pretty yard, but we live in a neighborhood where dogs are allowed.
- Warn me if you are afraid of my dog. I will be happy to keep him closer to me and clearly under control so that you feel at ease.
-Please don't ask "who is walking who?" It might sound funny in your head, but it it hurts my feelings because it implies that I don't have control of my pet.
- Don't drive so close or so fast that I fear for myself or my companion. Both of our lives are precious.
Just a little reminder to be neighborly.
Thanks, and have a great day!
Your Neighborhood Dog Walker