Wednesday, May 20, 2009

If You Know You're Right, Don't Be Rude

Nothing interesting to talk about these days. Well... actually, on Sunday, I decided to take the dogs out for a much-needed walk. I drove the to the Lake Gardens, but once I reached, I saw a big sign saying "No Dogs"... :( Discrimination! So I drove them back to Taman Desa, to the park we usually go to during the week. As it was a Sunday though, the park was absolutely brimming with people. I leashed the dogs and took them a few rounds.

Now these are tiny dogs, mind you... little silky terriers that don't bark or disturb other people (on the leash, that is). And yet, after our third round, this pissed off Malay guy shouts from 100 metres away, "Hallo! No pet allowed! Got sign there! No pet allowed!". Okay, so I had only just seen the sign two minutes before he shouted at me, so I didn't argue with him. I just said "Oh." and walked across the park to the other side even though there was an exit right next to me.

I was pretty upset because my poor dogs hadn't done anything, and yes, I know that other dogs might not be as well-behaved, but it was just upsetting that the poor little things had been rejected twice in one day :( And by such an unfriendly guy too. He could have at least said in a nice manner that there was a sign saying No Pets Allowed, instead of shouting at me angrily and using the existence of a sign in a defensive manner.

So after exiting the park, I purposely walked around the perimeter of the park with the dogs just to say that, okay, we won't lick your bloody ankles 2 metres away, in your fenced up enclosure, but we're perfectly allowed to jump on you if you so much as step out in our path onto non-park territory.

After one round, a Chinese guy comes out in front of me, looking all apologetic and concerned, and says, "There's a little park further down the road past the traffic lights where everyone brings their pets. Pets are allowed there so you can walk your dogs there." Okay, as he said that, I had envisioned this tiny space where all the rejected and outcast animals and their owners were bumping into each other's shoulders just because that was the only space where pets were allowed. What a stupid country!

But that was very nice of him to go out of his way to tell me that. He must've been standing nearby when the freaking clown shouted at me and felt that instead of just chasing us away, he should also suggest another place for us animal-loving rejects.

Anyway, it was too late to visit that park that day, but I will definitely bring my dogs there this weekend. Thanks, Mr Chinese Guy from the Taman Desa Park!

1 comment:

kelvin said...

it would be interesting to know what are the justifications for no dogs allowed in certain parks.

well at least there are allocated parks for dog walking.

Wonder if there are allocated section at Lake Gardens for dog walking as well , too bad there wasn't any Chinese Guy kind enough to come up and let you know at Lake Gardens