Letter: Oh, where, oh, where has my little dog gone?

Having walked far ahead of her two beautiful Irish setters near Sandy Beach a few weeks ago, she still is unaware that one of those lovely animals charged a woman, knocking her to the ground and tearing the meniscus of her knee. That injured woman, who had been in fine physical condition from working out and walking several miles every day, suddenly was helpless. Now, weeks after surgery that has left her thousands of dollars poorer, she walks carefully and slowly, ices her knee several times a day and does physical therapy exercises daily.

The husband of this injured woman suffered a similar fate some years ago when two unattended dogs playfully charged each other on the sidewalk of Mendenhall Loop Road. One knocked the other between the legs of the jogging man, who fell to the pavement and broke his elbow. Again, the dogs’ owners were blithely unaware of the mishap.

The injured woman’s surgeon tells her that many people become his patients because of knee injuries caused by dogs. He suggests that, when encountering people with dogs, one watch the dogs rather than the people. I suggest further that people walk either alongside or behind their dogs in order to be aware of their actions. Otherwise, the dogs might poop on the trail or injure someone without the owner’s notice.

John d’Armand

Auke Bay

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