Dogs run the trails here?

Dogs run the trails here?

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Just a family biker

Pine Island, MN

#1 May 16, 2015
(or just entitled owners)...
Thought we'd check out the biking trails around Pine Island one afternoon. My autistic son saw three large dogs happily bounding towards us and promptly got frightened. The dogs seemed friendly, tails wagging, but all my son saw was danger. Good instinct.

The man not only didn't call the dogs back, but, when he got closer, decided that a lecture on how to behave around dogs was in order. We were simply riding our bikes down the Douglas Trail. He was letting his dogs run ahead and right up to us. All my son did was stop his bike in fear and stand next to it, calling to his dad who rode slowly ahead. Three big dogs took up the trail, running towards us many yards ahead of this man who felt entitled to the trail or perhaps unhappy that we were actually biking on it, who knew. We smiled politely, honestly, and moved on.

Unfortunately our run in didn't end there. The next day we were all at Petsmart in Rochester when the same man approached us and, unbelievably, began to explain to us how to behave, again, around dogs. He started the conversation with, "Weren't you on the Douglas Trail yesterday?" Seemed strangely confrontational.

He informed my son not to make any loud noises or wave his arms around dogs... which none of us had, other than my son voicing, not shouting, his concern that three large dogs were bounding towards him. So this man's mission was to inform us in a manner of speaking that it's our responsibility as humans, to learn how to behave (which we were, by the way) on a public trail around his confrontational dogs? According to him.

I wonder if his children run boisterously up to others in public places, and then he lectures strangers on how to behave around his unruly rude kids.

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