Non dog-owners not allowed???

Posted in Central Park over 4 years ago, 2 replies

I was rudely kicked out of a dog run when I entered the gate. I can not own a dog for complicated health reasons, but I do love dogs and I enjoy visiting the doggie run and watching the dogs there.
I was told that there is a "rule" which forbids non- dog owners to enter. But I can't believe this, and I can't find it anywhere in writing. Does anybody know?
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Most dog runs list it in the rules that are posted by the entrance...no dogs without people, no people without dogs.

I'm sorry that you would like to own a dog and can't, but couldn't you just watch the dogs from outside the fence?

I see no reason for people without dogs to enter the dog run.

The dog run is supposed to be a safe and comfortable environment for dogs. Not all dogs are comfortable interacting with people they don't know and not all people know how to properly interact with a dog.

Plus, it's a little weird...I don't have children (and maybe I can't because of complicated health reasons), but I do love kids - should I be allowed to go hang out in playgrounds and play with other people's children? No way, it's just creepy...
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I see what you mean (although, I still haven't seen that rule printed anywhere on the Internet or on the sign outside the doggie run.

But, I must tell you, dogowner, that I am extremely saddened . I am sad to realize that I live among people (maybe it's only here, in NYC), who are suspicious , unkind, hostile, and afraid of other humans.

...(And then they get surprised when their dogs behave that way... ) :(
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