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I just got told off for letting my dog run in an empty playground

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MsAdorabelleDearheartVonLipwig Mon 11-Apr-16 19:01:39

Was just packing up the kids to go home. Nobody around. Playground deserted. Car park deserted. Let the dog out of the car for two minutes - we'd been for a long walk before we went to the playground - as he'd been tethered in for an hour, although the boot was open. He ran under the fence to join the kids and was mooching about on the grass for about a minute. No harm done, no one there, no one to offend. Obviously didn't poo or anything.

Kids back in car, dog in boot, ready to go. Elderly man appears out of nowhere and tells me off. Very patronising, explaining that people don't want to step in dog poo. Well yes I know that, very sorry, but no harm done, dog didn't poo, didn't even cock his leg. Very sorry etc. Shut car door.

Old man opens my car door, stands practically in door frame so I can't shut the door and proceeds to carry on berating me. I can't shut the door, he's about six inches from my face. shock

I'm afraid I was very rude. I thundered 'DO YOU MIND!' about three times before he got out of the way and I could shut the door.

I can't show my face there again can I? blush

BabyGanoush Mon 11-Apr-16 19:03:32

Ah, the rules don't apply to you?

Jeremysfavouriteaunt Mon 11-Apr-16 19:05:26

You are going to get slaughtered for this. I don't see the problem though, the tree surgeon had his dog with him in the empty children's playground yesterday.
The man sounds really aggressive.

WhoTheFuckIsSimon Mon 11-Apr-16 19:06:03

Thing is he could have weed before you could have stopped him. I do think playgrounds are the one place kids should be able to crawl on the grass without worrying about wee germs or poo crumbs. I say this as a dog owner with no small kids. And yes I know bird poo lands on the grass and the foxes will piss in there, etc.

Blu Mon 11-Apr-16 19:07:36

He was unreasonable.
He is probably sick to death of dog owners ignoring the no-dog rule, and you caught his pent up frustration.
Of course you can show your face again, you have a right to be there, but sans dog.

coffeeisnectar Mon 11-Apr-16 19:07:52

Sorry but I agree with the man. No one wants their kids rolling about on grass covered in dog wee. Or worse.

You said he didn't do anything (the dog) but if he had, would you have gone and wiped up the wee?

Walk your dog somewhere else. Not a kids play area.

GreenMarkerPen Mon 11-Apr-16 19:08:32

yabu
if you can't keep your dog under control and out of restricted areas you shouldn't have a dog

LittlePoot Mon 11-Apr-16 19:09:24

That man sounds horrible and that must have been really stressful. I'm afraid I agree though - children's playgrounds should be dog free so children can crawl, roll and everything else without a dog having been there first. But he still shouldn't have behaved like that.

WanderingTrolley1 Mon 11-Apr-16 19:09:56

Your dog could easily have cocked his leg/shat in there.

The dog shouldn't have been in the playground.

MsAdorabelleDearheartVonLipwig Mon 11-Apr-16 19:21:16

Oh I know, I'm not disagreeing with you. I got caught out. I wouldn't normally let my dog in a playground but he'd been in the car for an hour watching the girls round round and whining so I let him out to stretch his legs. Naturally he went straight under the fence and hared off after the kids.

Oh and thanks GreenMarkerPen but there's slightly more to dog ownership than that and I'm usually fairly sensible.

kelda Mon 11-Apr-16 19:24:57

Even if the park was empty, seeing a dog running off lead could have put people off going in there with their children. I know it puts me off.

FanDabbyFloozy Mon 11-Apr-16 19:25:34

The dog slipped away and it was chancr there was no child in the playground. There is also the poo potential. So I think YABU.

The man is also BU - no excuse for threatening behaviour.

bigbuttons Mon 11-Apr-16 19:25:54

You are completely in the wrong. People with your attitude give dog owners a bad rep[ angry]

readingrainbow Mon 11-Apr-16 19:27:40

He was the unreasonable one. How dare he block your car door!

NoahVale Mon 11-Apr-16 19:29:25

there is a loopy woman who picked up her dog as we went passed her, and my dog is on the lead shock

MsAdorabelleDearheartVonLipwig Mon 11-Apr-16 19:32:56

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pigsDOfly Mon 11-Apr-16 19:36:47

He's probably sick of people letting their dogs do exactly as they like around the children's playground.

I sometimes walk my dog through a bit of local land that is next to an area reserved for children and their parents to plant vegetables. It's there to encourage the children to learn about plants and vegetables and then hopefully want to eat the vegetables. The planting bit is fenced off but nearby is a small park and open land. All around the open land there are very polite signs asking people to pick up after their dog because the children like to play there and they want it kept safe so the children can play freely.

Walked my dog there today and noticed the most enormous dog poo right against one of the trees with a sign on it. It's very disheartening to see this sort of selfish inconsiderate behaviour from fellow dog owners. Perhaps this man has had enough of this sort of thing and lost his temper. I know it makes me very angry.

Even though your dog didn't wee or poo he shouldn't have been running free in a children's play area.

lljkk Mon 11-Apr-16 19:40:17

I hate dog mess as much as anyone but still think yanbu. Oh well.

Noitsnotteatimeyet Mon 11-Apr-16 19:45:09

All the people who are tutting do realise that the local foxes, squirrels, birds etc are weeing and pooing in the playground at night don't they? As they don't have any owners, responsible or otherwise, to keep them out ...

Personally I wouldn't let my dog in a playgrounds even if it was empty as you never know who might be watching, however the idea that children's playgrounds are hermetically sealed sterile environments is just daft .,,

Firedemon Mon 11-Apr-16 19:50:49

Eh if there's no kids around and the dog doesn't poo or wee I don't see an issue at ALL.

Bet grumpy git wouldn't have reacted that way to a man though.

MsAdorabelleDearheartVonLipwig Mon 11-Apr-16 19:53:06

I do feel bad about it, it's the sort of thing I would normally be cross about. He just shocked me with the way he opened my car door, presumably to keep me in my place to listen to his telling off.

There really wasn't anyone about at all. It was about half past six. We just called in on our way back from our walk in the woods. I don't actually walk my dog in children's playgrounds. It's just a sectioned off bit on the edge of a field, there was no one around for miles.

Well, except for him, watching us.

MrsUnderwood Mon 11-Apr-16 19:53:37

There's no excuse for intimidating or threatening behaviour. I hate it when dogs are in playgrounds but I wouldn't ever approach an owner in this way.

pigsDOfly Mon 11-Apr-16 19:55:18

Of course wild life will wee and poo all over the place, there's nothing to be done about that, but dogs do have owner who are, hopefully, able to prevent their dogs doing the same so it's up to the owners to make sure they don't.

I live in a fairly rural area and I've yet to see fox poo of the size of some of the dog poos I see or in such exposed places where it's likely to be walked in.

Waltermittythesequel Mon 11-Apr-16 19:56:26

Posters who disagree with you aren't prats, OP.

Just follow the rules, which unfortunately apply to you no matter how long your dog was in the boot, and it won't happen.

kelda Mon 11-Apr-16 20:10:23

If that's your reply to Bigbuttons, to call her a prat, I wonder how polite you were to the man at the park?

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