Ed. note – Here’s the latest from contributor Sarah Heath. Sarah, a real estate broker with Matrix Real Estate, writes about North Seattle life on her personal blog, North Seattle Sarah. Every Saturday, Sarah brings us her musings on life in Green Lake.
My dog Lola is very understanding of how much I have to work, and she usually sits and lets me write my blog and send emails in peace. So when she asked me this morning if she could write a post, I had to say yes. Here is an open letter from North Seattle Lola to the dogs around the neighborhood:
I like to think I have a great personality. Take me to an off-leash park and I’ll be everyone’s best friend. But when I’m on a leash, and running with my mom, I’m on a mission.
This letter goes out to two types of dog owners out there – first, the ones at Green Lake who think they get the automatic right to come up and sniff me. Usually their parent thinks they are “so cool,” so they shove you into the face of the rest of us there. I don’t like it. So, when you see me avoiding you, that shouldn’t be your cue to run up to me. Just walk by and let me do my thing. I like to think that most of us dogs at Green Lake have a “you don’t bug me, I won’t bug you” kind of attitude. But when you bug me, you really bug me.
This morning after looping the lake, mom and I walked up through Tangletown and then over to Ravenna. Twice during that walk, big dogs, bigger than me, ran up off-leash behind us. One of them came out of a yard, and the other was on a walk but his mom was a whole block behind him! Like I said, I’m a friendly girl, but I didn’t see them coming and it scared me. I have to defend my mom and I don’t know if you’re good or bad.
So please, dogs of Green Lake, stick close by your parents, ask them to leash you, and leave me alone!!