Letters: Control your dog

Not all dogs are as friendly as their owner think they are

Re: Not all dogs are friendly

I can’t agree with J. Kennedy more. My leashed dog and I also have had many of the same not so “friendly dog” experiences on the Galloping Goose and at Whiffin Spit.  Just two weeks ago we tried to brave the Spit mid-day on a weekday and ended up having to turn back half way because of three off -leash “friendly dog” encounters. These dogs were not ‘under direct control’ and one of the owners was even saying to another person in the parking lot that her dog was young and didn’t listen well – and then promptly let him run amok all the way down the Spit, blissfully ignorant of his owners calls.  Is Whiffin Spit an official off-leash park? Not supposed to be…

We just returned from a trip to Oregon where in all public parks all dogs must be on a leash of no more than 6’.  We were able to walk our dog everywhere with no “friendly dog” situations. Everybody was happy. I think our rules for dogs in public parks here are seriously lax and ill defined and perhaps need to be re-addressed for the safety and pleasure of all – not just the few.

T. Balak

Sooke