KEREN PREISKEL poses with her dogs while taking them out for a walk.
(photo credit: DAVID GUBBAY)
My friend was running along the old train tracks in Jerusalem’s Baka neighborhood a few weeks ago when an unleashed medium-large dog came running up to her (she thought it was a pitbull but as some dogs look like pitbulls but aren’t and I didn’t see the dog, I can’t say for sure). However, pitbull or not, what is clear that having an unleashed, unknown dog running at you can be both scary and unnerving, and I say this as a huge dog lover and the owner of three dogs myself.As someone who places strong emphasis on safety and security, both for myself and for my dogs, I always walk my dogs on a leash (as required by law), and for the past couple of years due to my dogs’ tendencies to eat anything and everything and the increasing amounts of rubbish on the streets of Jerusalem, I also walk them with muzzles. Unfortunately, this can (somewhat understandably) elicit trepidation among those unfamiliar with dogs who think that it is because my dogs bite and the muzzles are to protect people, which then necessitates me saying what has become somewhat of a mantra in recent years, “the muzzles are to protect the dogs, regrettably, and that in this instance the people, not the dogs, are the problem.”
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