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    Ok, I don't mean to offend anyone here but I just need to vent.

    A while ago I met my friend at the park. She said there was this lab wandering around, she had to steer it away from the road. We walked around the oval to where the dog was. She didn't have id on her collar and it appeared no one at the park owned her. (and omg she is the fattest lab I have ever seen!) So we put a leash on her and were going to take her to the vet when two kids said that she was their dog. We told them to keep an eye on her as she was very close to the road (across the other side of the oval!).

    Then a few weeks later I saw them again. Once again I had to steer her away from the road. A little while later she left the oval and went behind the back of the local shops. I told them she had gone up there but one boy said 'oh no she's just in the bushes there'. So I went and fetched her before she was run over or something. I again told them to watch her.

    And today two little girls no more than 10 yo had two retrievers at the park. The girls started calling them and lo and behold they weren't listening at all! One girl managed to catch 'Holly' but 'Ozie' just wasn't having any of it. It was getting dark and I was thinking 'this is ridiculous!'. So I walked towards the dog and he came towards us to see Taya again. So I grabbed his collar.


    Arrrghhh!!! Sorry this is so long but do parents realise what is going on when their kids and dog(s) are at the park????

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    I agree Loren, I see this a lot at parks, ovals etc. Maybe the parents will realise what is happening when their kids don't have a dog to take to the park anymore because the poor thing has been hit by a car.
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    maybe I am just overprotective and not there yet but do 10 yos get to go to the park alone and in charge of a dog? it seems a bit much

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    I know! I think they lived just up the road but still... anything could happen.

    Unfortunately you are right Ally, I think some people don't realise the responsibility of taking a dog out for a walk

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    Quote Originally Posted by ally_xx View Post
    I agree Loren, I see this a lot at parks, ovals etc. Maybe the parents will realise what is happening when their kids don't have a dog to take to the park anymore because the poor thing has been hit by a car.
    unfortunally, I tend to think parents will just get another "toy"

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    Thats just dangerous. And not only for the dogs... if the kids did try to run and get it off hte road they could both be run over! Labs are pretty strong and I am sure that a kid wouldn't be able to control it if they were running away. I must be a paranoid mum as I wouldn't let my kids down at the park by themself anyway.

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