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So I bring Piper & Paco to the dog park this afternoon...everyone is having a good time, humans & canines alike. Then as 2 guys, father & son with pug, puggle or whatever genetic mutation they have, leave through the double gate they accidently leave both gates open at the same time. Right off the bat 2 dogs get out, they leave the gate open I guess thinking the dogs will come back in, but NOOOO 3 more bail out including both of mine. Now 5 on the loose including Piper & Paco. Piper after a good romp actually came running back to me from the far side of the field and I heap tons of praise on her since her recall isn't that great, interspersed with verbal abuse aimed at the clod who left the gates open. I get her back in the enclosed area and get a leash to get Paco who is now in the woods with another dog. The noses went into gear and they stopped running long enough for one of the owners to get a leash on his dog and Paco under his arm. Situation under control followed by one last glare at the lights-are-on-but-no-ones-home clod as they sheepishly leave with not even anything remotely resembling an apology.
Where's my bat. .:doh:
 

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About as bright as the ones who bring the babies into the dog park and then get upset because the big doggie knocked them over. GAH!
 

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Reminds me of the people who came to the dog park and used the picnic benches to actually picnic. They couldn't figure out why all the dogs kept bothering them. At least our situation wasn't dangerous. They were eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I kept thinking, do you know how many dogs have gotten up and sat on those tables. Sometimes people do NOT think...
 

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Idiots!!!!

Our park, the seating is a good ways from the gate. When I see someone leave and one of my fosters that barely knows me yet is close to the gate, I often have to scream "DON'T LET THAT DOG OUT, I'LL NEVER GET HIM BACK! HE IS NEW!"

People are so stupid!!!

I agree about babies. I bring mine but I hold him or he is in his stroller, and I expect him to get licked and slobbered on, and he loves it! I'd also NEVER take him when it's busy, like night time or weekend.
 

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I was going to say that the parks I've been two have 2 gates. It would be too easy for dogs to get loose while dogs and people are coming and going. What I don't understand though, is why the water source is always at the gated area at the parks I've been too. This tends to cause a traffic jam at the entrance and the loose dogs come up to get to the running water. ? I've stopped going to parks. I've had bad experiences with Sam and with Ike.
 

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Reminds me of the people who came to the dog park and used the picnic benches to actually picnic. They couldn't figure out why all the dogs kept bothering them. At least our situation wasn't dangerous. They were eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I kept thinking, do you know how many dogs have gotten up and sat on those tables. Sometimes people do NOT think...
LOL!

My only bad experience so far at our dog parks involves a yellow lab who was constantly following Molson around, humping him and a strange owner who came in with 2 GSD's and started feeding my dog treats (without my permission). I'm just waiting for some numbnut to show up and leave the gates open or do something stupid like that. It's bound to happen!
 

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Thankfully we have double gates, an actual holding area between the two, were I used to take my boys. Yeah...the picnic was rather entertaining...
 

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Went back today to take a picture of the area where the "pack" escaped.
Solid red line is the 3 dog departure route ending in the far corner of the field where Paco and the other dog went into sniffing mode and where Piper did an excellent recall and came back to me (green solid line) followed by the dotted green line where I walked her back to the dog park area.
I-287 is behind the top right rock wall.
 

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I-287 is behind the top right rock wall.
That would have been enough right there to send me into panic mode! Yikes. I am so glad you got them back safely!

Hopefully clueless and clueless Jr will not come back to the dog park.

I quit going to the dog park a few years ago. Too many irresponsible owners who didn't pay attention to their dogs. And too many dogs who never had any type of outing other than the dog park, so they tended to be waaaayyyyy too overly excited.
 

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I'm glad you got your two back, but come on, those trees look soooo inviting!! All those smells and interesting things to investigate!!

Some people are so thoughtless though, what if there was a busy main road right next to the park?

When Izzie was a pup I would take her to a local park to socialise. It wasn't big and had a gate on each corner and roads running alongside. She once ran straight out of the gate after a leaf blowing down the road, and carried on chasing it!! I was hysterical as she couldn't even hear me she was so intent on chasing the leaf. Thankfully no cars were coming, but I try not to take mine there now, just too dangerous! BTW, here in England, dogs are allowed in most parks, we don't have dog parks as such.
 
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