By Karen Ramsey
February 06, 2006
I plead with dog owners to consider that not everyone in America is great with dogs or even necessarily fond of them. I don't know anyone who is fond of stepping in dogs' business, and that's even a problem on our downtown streets (ugh). Unleashed dogs constantly affect my quality of life by doing their "thing" in my unfenced garden and yard, approaching and barking at me on outdoor hikes, or biting me. I have one too many dog bite scars on my body.
The good people of Ketchikan are so great in so many ways, and the problem of loose dogs is not unique to this community. Other places in which I have lived did not seem to have this big of a problem with loose dogs. I am a big fraidy-cat when a dog approaches me and barks meanly, and I can't help it no matter how big or small it may be. Please control your dogs. I know there are big issues out there today to be concerned with, but for today this is mine.
About: Karen Ramsey is a 12-year
resident of Ketchikan. She writes she "tries hard to be
considerate of other people".
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