Is it just me, or has the number of breeds of small dogs in Australia increased dramatically during my absence over the last seven years? I don’t mind the occasional game of dodge the dog, but the smaller they are, the bigger the problem. They’re harder to see, they dart rather than trot, their movements are unpredictable and they are NEVER ON A LEAD!!!!!!!!!!!! I appreciate giving dogs their freedom – I would try with ours but he has no street skills and we live just off a major arterial road. He would be free all right. Or his spirit would be, as he took up his place in doggie heaven.
All I mean to say is, sometimes it’s a little frustrating to have to hop, skip, cartwheel, gallop and levitate to avoid squashing a dog the size of my sneaker under my pounding heel. Truly this is not a rant against dogs, or dog owners, I am one and a lover of both. But it’s a bit like when people are strung out all along the footpath and the person directly in your way refuses to move over to allow you passage despite the fact that footpaths are, as far as I’m aware, a two way street. Dogs don’t speak English, so I don’t expect them to understand. But presumably their owners do. Does it not occur to them that their untethered midget canine is actually rather a nuisance? If the situation were reversed and I was blithely allowing my pet duck to wander at will across a path, would they not find themselves frustrated?
Don’t worry, I didn’t let this issue with the vertically challenged pooch ruin my run, and it was a glorious one in the warm, fading autumn sun. Owing to my article in today's Sydney Morning Herald, I had skipped Yoga out of fear that someone would recognize my name when I checked in to take class, but will be back again tomorrow. I don’t normally do this many yoga classes in a week, but the tight arse in me is lured by the flat rate they offer you for the first seventeen days. I guess they hope you’ll develop a yoga-addiction, but for me it’s purely mathematics. This is a good deal and I’m going to exploit it.