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I had the day off today, the weather was beautiful, and so we decided to go to our local off-leash dog park with the hounds. Bad idea... there was a woman there with a big lab/husky like dog and as soon as she saw us coming she ran over and said her dog doesn't like beagles and we should go. We said our dogs were fine with other dogs but she kept harping at us about how beagles were too vocal for her dog and that we should either leash them or leave because her dog does not like them (leashing her dog did not seem to be an option). She wouldn't shut up (beagles are vocal - has she ever heard herself?!?) and she eventually left the park in a huff, yelling at us and how horrible we were the whole time. I don't see why we should have to leave the only off leash park in the area or ruin our dogs' enjoyment of the park by not letting them run around because HER dog has a problem... plus they seemed totally uninterested in her darn dog during the time we were all there. Needless to say our enjoyable trip to the park was ruined although we did meet OTHER nice people there who are not so anti-beagle. Ugh.
 

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We have that kind of people here too. My neighbor across the street has two dogs (they're brothers and always at each other's throat) that keep barking at Boeing everytime we walk by. One time those dogs were so frustrated at seeing us and not being able to come out that they turned on one another. There was a huge fight with enough snarling, attacking and yelping to bring the whole neighborhood down. That afternoon we got a phone call from that neighbor 'telling' us to walk Boeing in the opposite direction and not to pass his house because he didn't want his dogs to try to kill each other. My mom took the call and she told him that since he did not own the road and the neighborhood, we'd walk wherever we liked with our dog and if he didn't know how to deal with his two dogs, they could tear each other's head off for all she cared.
 

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If your dog has a problem with other dogs it is your responsibility to leave the park etc.

My dog was attacked a few times as a puppy and young dog and it turned him into a bully, he feels he needs to be defensive when he meets new dogs. I only take him to the dog park when there are no other dogs there because that is my responsibility as his owner.

I've never met an anti-beagle person before! Although I do get all sorts of comments with my Siberian Husky, it seems there are a lot of misconceptions about the breed /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/frown.gif My poor boy is the sweetest guy you would meet too /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif He is a smoochy mummy's boy like most boy dogs!
 

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You did right for not leaving. People like this woman should be banned from using the park. If her dog doesn't get along with other dogs, she should either leash him or not bring him to an off-leash park. :angryfire:
Besides, how can you not like beagle. I think that dog "lovers" who don't like beagles, are not "dog people" at all.... :heart:
 

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The rude woman said it right... "HER dog had a problem with beagles" and obviously she did as well. The next time someone complains and says they will leave, let them.

My favorite farewell to beagle haters:
Don't let the door hit you in the (butt) on the way out!
 

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What a horribly rude woman you encountered at the dog park!! I'm glad she left--I bet the other dog parents were too!! She reminds me of a grumpy old woman who used to live on our street. When we moved here my 2 older kids were 7 and 4 and we had a sweet little cockapoo named Sassy. A few days after we moved in the kids were walking Sassy and this woman comes out on her porch and says that her dog doesn't like poodles and they should take their dog away!! My kids came home crying--we'd moved here from the Midwest, and they weren't used that kind of treatment. :angry: I thought, "Well, here we are. Welcome to New England. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/frown.gif " Turns out it was more like welcome to the grumpy old harpy at the end of the street.
Our town is talking about building a dog park, which I am so excited about!! If it goes through, I'll have to remember that some of the dogs might come attached to obnoxious owners. :raspberry:
 

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As dog owners we are responsible for their behavior, good and bad. This rude woman obviously doesn't understand that. Good for you for not leaving. Your beagles shouldn't have to sacrifice an afternoon of fun because of one ignorant person.
 

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Thanks for the support.. I wish you (and your beagles) had all been at the dog park yesterday with us to REALLY tell her where to go (and completely drive her beagle-hating dog around the bend)!!

It is good to have a place like this to vent after an experience like that.
 

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We know how you feel. We have been told on several occasions that our beagles should be put to sleep, because they bark at other dogs. Dave gets really annoyed and tells the people that these dogs might be mentally disturbed but they went through hell for the first five years in the interest of mankind. One couple couldnt of cared less about the history, their dog had run growling at ours and ours, on the leash, had attacked it. The couple were livid and said ours should be destroyed, but Dave was even more livid with the people and said they should be ashamed and he bet they took medication, or used pesticides and thanks to beagles like ours they were safe to use.

I am glad you refused to leave the park, that woman had a cheek.
 

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Quote:Originally posted by A doghouse:
We know how you feel. We have been told on several occasions that our beagles should be put to sleep, because they bark at other dogs. Dave gets really annoyed and tells the people that these dogs might be mentally disturbed but they went through hell for the first five years in the interest of mankind. One couple couldnt of cared less about the history, their dog had run growling at ours and ours, on the leash, had attacked it. The couple were livid and said ours should be destroyed, but Dave was even more livid with the people and said they should be ashamed and he bet they took medication, or used pesticides and thanks to beagles like ours they were safe to use.

I am glad you refused to leave the park, that woman had a cheek.
OMG!!! Put to sleep???? That's terrible! How could anyone say that? I'm shocked! Good for you, don't take that crap. You've saved two innocent dogs and should be darn proud of it!
 

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#1 - Why did that woman think she had the authority to tell you to leave the dog park.

#2 - If her dog is the one with the problem, she
shouldn't be where it might come in contact
with beagles.

#3 - Good for you for staying so your dogs could
enjoy the beautiful day. Honestly, some people are unbelievable.

I'm so thankful that we have plenty of room for our pack to run so we don't have to deal with people like that. If she thinks beagles are vocal, I can't imagine what she'd say about our extremely loud Traveler. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/eek.gif
 

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You did the right thing staying, dog parks are public, there is no such rule as a certain breed can not go. It is not her dog having problems it herself, dogs just couldn't care less.
I had this same problem with a woman at the dog park too. She was shocked to hear Charlie barked, and was very convinced no beagle barks like that, something wrong with my dog only, all that time she had her ears covered.
 
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