To The Daily Sun,
Being outdoors and hiking is one of the most thought provoking activities known to this world for its peaceful and quiet surroundings. Whether it's walking along a trail, running through the never ending forests of New Hampshire, or even reaching the peaks of those 4,000 footers that you were destined to climb from the first scent of summer.
For my mother and I, we spend our times out in nature attempting and completing any mountain we come across. Having a family full of animals including dogs gives us the opportunity to share our interests with out pets and bring them anywhere but the house, where they sleep silently all day long, building up their energy for the relentless playing that comes at dusk. Whenever we take our dogs on long hikes through the breathtaking mountains of the north, it becomes that much more interesting. Watching as other creatures around us scurry around up and through trees, triggers those long ears of our dogs to shoot up like fireworks on the Fourth of July. However once and awhile there will be another happy family trotting through the woods with their dog, some on leashes and some without.
Hiking with an unleashed dog can be very risky for those dogs who do not like company. Speaking from my own experiences, my dog had a nasty encounter with a few dogs that were unleashed from their owner and were wandering around the forest without the supervision of those who care for them. Everyone wants what is best for their puppies but hiking without a leash bring danger to those around the loose pet. In New Hampshire, one of many hiking laws state that, “It is unlawful for any dog to run at large in New Hampshire, except when the dog is accompanied by its owner or a custodian” Although the owner of an unleashed dog might be in proximity, pet owners should always leash their dogs not only for the safety of their beloved friends, but also for the safety of those around them.
- Written by Edward Engler
- Category: Letters
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