Because it's full of crazies I guess! Oregon has the leash law, but at this park I have been going to for well over a year, everyone seems to always have their dogs off leash, even outside of the designated dog park. No one has ever admonished me for it, and I've never heard of anyone being yelled at for it at this particular park. Even when Eddy was a puppy and still jumped up on people, no one cared as they encountered us on walks. Anyways, it was boring in the dog park so we went out on our loop out in the regular park. There's tons of walking trails. Eddy ran over to greet a guy with his two little daughters... and they Flippppped out. They started crying! Running, hopping, squealing, freaking out, running in circles around their dad, pulling on his pants, screaming. Eddy doesn't jump on anyone or bark anymore, so he just kind of followed them in a circle a few times and then lost interest and walked into the woods.
I approached the dad and he chewed me out of course. I was like, "What if I make my dog lay on his back and your daughters can pet him and see that he's just a nice corgi?" And he was like, "NO JUST TAKE DOG AWAY!!!!" He was foreign and had trouble expressing his anger and hatred. By this time Eddy was laying around in the shade of the trees, waiting for me. I just walked away. I think it's unnatural for those girls to be terrified of Eddy (you've all seen pictures of his sweet face, and he's very polite and submissive, children love him). They probably developed this fear from their overbearing parents or something? They think all dogs are like the infamous pitbull that bit their mother in her youth? I don't know. But usually when strange children see Eddy they squat on the ground and open their arms for corgi kisses. Like the kids I will tell you about next....
So we kept walking. It was hot so we took a deep-woods loop. It's a wetlands refuge, but the walking trails are all bordered by wire-and-wood fences, so dogs have no choice but to stay on the trails. There's no access to streams or squirrels or anything, and it's usually just used as a short-cut between different parts of the park. Eddy was running around, exploring, and he approached a group of kids and 2 adults to greet them. There were like 8 kids, and they had weird tents set up and the adults were dressed like forest rangers. When I approached them, one of the adults was dragging Eddy by his collar and threw him... I don't know, just away from her? Yeah. Tossed him down a trail. She was like, "IS THIS YOUR DOG?!?!??!" And all the kids loved Eddy and were trying to call him back to play. I said yes. She said, "We are conducting preschool outdoor adventure classes and your dog needs to be ON. A. LEASH."
I remained silent and just kept walking... GREAT. The park is going to be infested with preschool groups who hate dogs all summer long??? I wanted to say, "Well you should put those children on leashes so that there's no chance of them running up to me to say hello, ever, please." I wanted to say that their presence in the park is just as inconvenient for me as it is for them. What if one of those children ran up to me and Eddy, and I picked the kid up by the collar and tossed him back to where he came from????? I don't hate kids or anything! I hate the adults' reactions. But why did this happen, twice in one day, when I've never had problems for so long? I saw a woman with her two little Norwich terriers up the trail, and I was like, "Put those beasts on a leash!! There's a crazy preschool teacher up ahead who will yell at you for it!!" And the woman was like, "REALLY? I always walk them off leash here." She looked at the three dogs that stood before her and added, "I don't think our dogs could do anyone any harm.."
And lastly... we went back to the dog park since Eddy obviously wasn't going to be getting any exercise walking on his stupid leash with slow me. And there were these dumb idiots having a picnic in there!! On the GROUND. They kept yelling at everyone's dogs, who were, of course, surrounding them and trying to get into their chips and soda and whatnot. Everyone kept saying, "Oh I'm soo sorry!" and ripping their dogs off of them. Except me. I just let Eddy keep bothering them. Because it's a big risk to bring food INSIDE the dog park and eat it on THE GRASS which is the dogs' territory. There are 3 picnic tables provided for us!!!! PLUS these idiots had a 4 month old german shepherd, and they weren't even watching it because they were so distracted with their picnic and all the dogs trying to steal their food. Their puppy was always out of their sight, so all the other owners had to babysit it. And no one's dogs wanted to run or play or anything, they just wanted to sit and stare and drool at the picnic people. Never going there in the mornings.