Dogs on beach

Auckland City Harbour News - - OPINION -

I have a 1-year-old and a 3-year-old and we go at to Point Che­va­lier beach a few times per week, usu­ally in the af­ter­noons.

We have to share the beach with dogs that pee on our buck­ets and spades and try to eat from our lunch boxes.

Some of these dogs are huge from a 1-year-old’s per­spec­tive (like an ele­phant for adults) so my chil­dren are con­stantly scared of these an­i­mals.

The re­cent news that some­one was bit­ten has re­ally spoilt what should be re­lax­ing time at the beach.

I’d say that prob­a­bly 50 per cent of the dogs are well be­haved (they don’t bother us or try to eat from our lunch boxes) but the prob­lem is the other 50 per cent that ei­ther don’t obey their owner or the owner doesn’t even care.

I have stopped talk­ing to the own­ers of the dogs that are not well be­haved be­cause I have had a cou­ple of bad ex­pe­ri­ences and I don’t want to re­peat the same in front of my chil­dren.

It’s very sad an­i­mals have more rights than my chil­dren.

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