Saturday, February 28, 2009
Dear Family Who Thinks it's Cool to Take Their Pitbull to the Tennis Courts to Run Around Without a Leash,
Let me introduce myself, I'm the mother of the two small boys who were having their first tennis lesson when you arrived at the tennis park today.
I'd like to let you know that when your troupe of small children began emerging out of that carseat-less vehicle like clowns pile out of a Volkswagen, I was pretty impressed that you were taking so many kids at once out for a little racquet tango. Though, when I saw your last child get pulled out of the car, attached to a leash, attached to an ginormous pit bull, I quickly became anxious and concerned.
I know we're in Australia and all, and things here are a little more relaxed and all, but whilst trying to enjoy some recreational activities-- and by "recreational activities" now that I'm in my thirties, I mean sports-- I don't think we should have to worry about your dog, during their tennis lesson on a court where dogs are not permitted.
And I know that no one said anything to you regarding that fact that the dog should not have been there. And clearly, you didn't notice us lunging toward our children to protect them. And you may not be aware-- there are actually dog parks, right around the corner, where people won't mind at all if you bring your pit bull to blow off some steam. And though I'm sure he's a lovely, lovely dog, though the snarling and supersonic speed did throw us there for a moment, we actually did mind your dog running around our kids.
Just thought it may be something to consider for next time you are venturing out with The Dogbeast to a place frequented by small children.
Mum Who Would Have Liked to Bitchslap You, But Was Scared
Note to reader: a) I have nothing against large families (my husband has 10 siblings) and b) I know all Pit Bulls are not ferocious beasts... but keeping them on a leash may make the general public feel safer c) the "snarling" part was an exaggeration.