We are dog people. We have a dog, we are getting another dog, we like dogs in our life and dogs in our house.
But I do not like dogs at the playground.
Im my view, it is the ultimate in self absorption to think that bringing a pair of adult rottweilers, (or any large dog, in fact) into a fenced children's park is an acceptable thing to do. Doubly so when they are brought in and let off the leash. TRIPLY when the lady bringing them in had no kids, so no other reason to come into the park. (It's a small, fenced park, with footpaths around the whole outside.)
There is plenty of space to walk dogs around our house. Lovely tree lined avenues with excellent footpaths. Open grassy parks where they can run off leash. A golf course flanked by a pine forest full of smells that send a dog into an ecstatic frenzy. So why did this lady bring her two large dogs into our tiny community playground? It's not like they can ride the swings.
I don't think I would be so worked up about this if, when approached about leashing her dogs, she hadn't replied "oh, it's ok, I'm not worried about the kids hurting them." Seriously?! I wasn't worry about the kids hurting them either. I was worried about me getting my mummy lion on and tossing them over the fence one at a time. Owner leading.
I think she must have seen my face. It's expressive. She left quickly.
Chalk up a win for people-who-like-dogs-in-dog-suitable-places-that-will-not-result-in-their-dogs-being-banned-by-the-local-authorities, i.e. "dog lovers"