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Letter: Don’t drag your dog to death while you ride

To the editor:

I hope this letter will spare a few dogs from being made to run while their human is comfortable on a fast-moving bike—skateboard or skates.

Your dog is not enjoying the outing if he is lagging behind a taut leash.

His lagging should tell you to slow down, even stop for a while.

Racers need to be in good physical shape to run. They need to train for the race. A dog that has been inactive most of the winter is not in shape to keep up with you on wheels, though he will do his best.

Please have a care for your dog. Run with him. If he goes too fast, you are in control of the speed; your dog, on the other hand, has no control to slow your wheels, unless he collapses.

I’ll take this letter as an opportunity to also suggest something that may spare a few people from being injured or killed while crossing a road.

It’s your responsibility to look both ways before crossing and avoid jay-walking.

Kindergarden kids are taught this. When at a cross-walk, point to the other side of the road with your arm extended. It’s a simple movement that will draw drivers’ attention to you, and allow you to cross safely.

Police use their arms when directing traffic. You don’t need to be in uniform to adopt this life-saving movement.

There, I hope everyone will have a lovely spring and summer.

Helen Schiele,

Kelowna

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