Monday, July 13, 2015
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Back from vacation. Took my RV to a large National Forest Campground in the Appalachians.
Had a good time.
Being who I am, I observed many fellow campers with DOGS. In a relatively small area in a relatively short period of time I was able to observe the full spectrum of dog ownership.
Lets start with the good. Some folks in a class C motorhome had a Rough Collie (i.e. "Lassie") that was one of the best behaved dogs I had ever observed. I am talking impeccable manners here. The dog lay out in front of it's "home", casually people watching, calmly observing the goings on around it. Not the smallest hint of hysteria or aggression. It made NO noise. Why can't all dogs be like this? Obviously, I do not know the full story - it may have been loaded up on valium for all I know.
Lets continue on with the Bad. There were a few campers with overstimulated, hysterical little dogs that were just barely contained. Periodically, something would trigger one or the other to emit a 5-10 nervous yaps before the owner shut it up. Now, some would argue that a dog like this is not a true nuisance. I would agree to the extent that A dog like this is not a true nuisance, where A = 1. While one dog like this does not bark enough to be a true nuisance, if you have several of them in the immediate area they form a collective nuisance. Dogs like this should be kenneled or left at home.
Now, moving on to the ugly. There were a couple of archetypes indicated here:
The super yapper. There was one small dog (a great distance from I, fortunately) that basically barked for the sake of barking. Nothing triggered it or set it off in any way, it just barked. And Barked. And Barked. Arp! Arp! Arp! Arp! Arp! Arp! Arp! Arp! Arp! Arp! Arp! Arp! Arp! Arp! Arp! Arp! Arp! Arp! Arp! Arp! Arp! Arp! Arp! Arp! Arp! Arp! Arp! Arp! Arp! Arp! Arp! Arp! Arp! Arp! Arp! Arp! Arp! Arp! Arp! Arp! Arp! Arp! Arp! Arp! Arp! Arp! Arp! Arp! And, so forth. I think you get the picture. One important point I would like to make here, is, NO ONE goes on vacation in the forest to listen to someone else's pet dog bark incessantly. The irritating noise is not useful, nor is it natural. This behavior should be banned in entirety. This was outside of my state (FL) and state park rangers in MY state would have thrown the dog out.
The aggression projector. Every neighborhood has at least one of these and there were two of them in the area in question. Again, I lucked out that neither was near me. In any case, this was characterized as a Pit Bull/mix chained up near the front of the site. It would frequently charge to the extent of the chain, growling and barking furiously at anyone who came near. Again, this behavior would not have been tolerated in my state and both of these should have been thrown out as well. In addition to the noise, if either of these dogs had broken restraint, someone would have wound up in the hospital. It was obvious that both of these dogs were "game" and wanted to attack something.
Read the pet camping rules in force in Florida State parks. If they are going to allow pets, this is the right way to do it.
From the link above "Pets that are noisy, vicious, dangerous, disturbing or intimidating to other persons or pets, or which damage park resources, are considered to be nuisances and will not be permitted to remain in the park."
Get that, NC Forest Service? Do it right!