An open letter to the owner of the german shepherd that nearly took my life.
If your aggressive German Shepherd is not on a leash, please do not bother walking it. Because when it tries to attack me as I run by, you are too slow to respond. And I highly doubt that little red stick with a tennis ball on the end is really discipline enough for that dog that needs to be locked up, leashed up or let go. Don’t walk it down Nall — especially don’t walk it down the part with the narrow sidewalk, forcing me to run in the street toward oncoming traffic while my heart races because your dog is growling, barking and lurching at me. And then, when you yell at your dog to stop, and it does stop, don’t turn to me with a smile and a simple “I’m sorry.” Instead, grab a leash out of your pocket, put it on your dog and then say something about how stupid you are and how you never meant to walk your terrifying dog without a leash, and maybe how you were just so wrapped up in the beautiful day and the signs of summer approaching that you forgot to attach a leash to your dog’s collar. Then tell me how sorry you are, and maybe even offer to write me a check to pay me off for the emotional damage your dog caused. But don’t smile and laugh and say you’re sorry with a tone meant for a disciplining mother yelling at a child who clearly isn’t sorry. Don’t do that. And don’t walk your dog without a leash anymore.