Is the cottage your off-leash dog park?

Mitch is walking well on the leash and off. In our area, it happens that dogs are often off-leash, just like at the cottage, and so a story in the new issue of Cottage Life (it mails to subscribers this week) got me thinking about the controversy over off-leash dogs, especially at the lake. It is a charming tale about professional dog walkers who take their canine clients to the cottage for the weekend. I don’t know if these particular pups are allowed to run off-leash when they go on their mini-vacations; however, most cottage owners I know do let their four-legged pals run free.

We do too, but I appreciate the potential problem: the trouble out-of-control dogs can create for wildlife (not to mention themselves). Experts in the management of wildlife say that if your dog won’t come when called, and if you can’t watch him every minute he’s outdoors, Fido should be on a leash.

What’s your policy? Dogs on- or off-leash at the cottage?

On another front, Mitch got his third set of shots last week. Here’s what the vet said:

1. He’s very handsome

2. He’s very intelligent

(Shucks, I’ll be he says that about all his patients.)

What we know for sure:

1. Last week Mitch weighed 17 kg, the same as the new polar bear cub at the Toronto Zoo when it was weighed.

2. His adult front teeth have come in. Our vet says he’s probably swallowing the baby teeth, since we haven’t found any lying around on the floor amongst the shredded paper.

3. He could still lose his curly locks, because he will still shed a couple of coats before his adult coat fills in.

4. And, well yes, he’s very handsome and very intelligent!

More next Tuesday…


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