People snarl at dogs and their owners when they get in the way
The ongoing clash of dog and non-dog cultures is even edgier at this time of year, when people spend a lot more time outside with their pooches.
Dog people cross paths in parks and on sidewalks with people who don’t like dogs. They find the bag thing revolting, and resent that parks and boulevards have become dog toilets.
Dog owners figure that as long as they pick up Fido’s turds (ugh), what’s the big deal?
The resentment occasionally boils over, as it did on Church St., where two dogs and their owners got in the way of Pierre-Roche Cote, whose outrage is boundless.
Cote reported on SeeClickFix that on June 19 he “encountered two situations where pooches take
precedence over the human.
“First, at Maitland and Church, two human are talking with their pooches on leashes blocking the sidewalk.
“I made a motion to try to walk on the sidewalk. One of the owners takes me on and eventually calls me an idiot. Their dogs are blocking the sidewalk!!!
“Should I be blind/viewing impaired, I would have tripped over the leashes.”
As if that wasn’t bad enough, Cote’s journey continued to Earl Place, where “the person in front of me steps OFF the sidewalk to let the person with 3 (yes 3) dogs pass by.
“I do love dogs, cats and pets in the city, but when their owners believe their ‘babies’ take precedence, I have a problem.
“Pet owners! Please take ownership of your responsibilities when it comes to public space.”
I have trouble believing Cote loves dogs, but he raises a prickly issue by railing about sharing space with them. And he is far from alone, which sometimes is lost on dog people.