Could Humorous Picture be Rallying Cry for Off-Leash Dog Area at Gateway Park?

A picture of a dog off leash at 360 Trails Park sparked debate over leash laws. The dog's owner posted on Facebook thinking the image was funny. Photo courtesy of Kristen Granroth.
A picture of Daffodil off leash at 360 Trails Park sparked debate over leash laws. The dog’s owner posted on Facebook thinking the image was funny. Photo courtesy of Kristen Granroth.

It’s all tongue in cheek unless the subject is man’s best friend.

I stumbled on a Facebook post on the Key Peninsula page this morning that had a photo of a dog at 360 Trails Park, off leash and with a park sign in the background that read “Dogs Must Be On Leash.”

Kristen Granroth meant the post to be funny.

Others failed to see her humor.

“As much as I love dogs, and as well behaved and well trained my sheltie is, dogs belong on a leash unless in a specified off-leash park,” Wrote pamela Benson-Lannetske. “And I will be the first to politely ask you to leash your dog… NO exceptions to leash laws/rules please!!!“

Many commenters cited the safety of other humans and animals as a reason to be cautious and to follow park rules.

But what about the folks who are afraid of dogs?” asked Rachel Easton. “Or horses that (are spooked by) them? It’s not fair for you to break the rules cause you think they don’t apply to you. Accidents happen.”

Granroth had to clarify her post: “Omg. It’s funny people. (You’re) hard-pressed to find a more responsible animal owner than me. I was totally making a joke here. Chill out, no one took away your birthdays.”

One of the page administrators had to step in for words of wisdom.

“it’s all fine and dandy if you want to make the personal choice to run your dog off leash, but posting here is only being provocative,” Susan Freiler Mendenhall wrote.

The thread eventually meandered to the idea of an off-leashed area at Gateway Park, since planning for park facilities are still ongoing. Many agreed the idea was worth bringing up to park officials.

All is well that ends well.

Juan Bob, one of the commenters, did get the joke: “Oh boy, that dog looks so scary I bet it’s gonna lick someone to death!”

Yesterday's dramatic sky gave way to this morning's fog bank.
Yesterday’s dramatic sky gave way to this morning’s fog bank.
Yesterday's sunrise painted the sky over Anderson Island a soft yellow.
Yesterday’s sunrise painted the sky over Anderson Island a soft yellow.

Wet Week

It is currently 40 degrees on the southern tip of the Key Peninsula. Rain is in the forecast today, and according to the weather geeks, we will see more wetness until Thursday.

The eagles are up, the fog is rolling in, and another week begins.

Good morning Longbranch.

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