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Lab Carries His Own Leash During Walks (gets around city ordinance)
KNBC V NEWS ^ | 12-6-2006

Posted on 12/06/2006 7:02:15 AM PST by Cagey

SIOUX CITY, Iowa -- A city ordinance in Sioux City, Iowa, says all pets must be on a leash -- but it doesn't say who has to be carrying the leash.

One Iowa dog, Jack, has been walking himself since he was a puppy.

The 11-year-old Labrador retriever holds his own leash in his mouth as he walks with his owner, Brad Ralph.

"So far, we haven't been cited," Ralph said. "I don't know how that would hold up in court, but he is technically on a leash."

Jack and Brad walk about three miles each day.

"I don't really do it to get attention you know," said Jack's owner, Brad Ralph. "It's just handy and he's a little bit of a show off and likes to prance around with his leash in his mouth."

Jack takes his responsibility very seriously. He doesn't like it when someone tries to take his leash away from him.


TOPICS: Government; US: Iowa
KEYWORDS: doggieping; gooddog; lab
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1 posted on 12/06/2006 7:02:18 AM PST by Cagey
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To: Cagey

This is AWESOME!


2 posted on 12/06/2006 7:04:04 AM PST by Silly (Still being... Silly)
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To: Cagey

I've seen lots of labs who seem to like to carry their own leashes (or frisbees) in their mouths. I guess it's just part of that retrieving instinct.


3 posted on 12/06/2006 7:07:02 AM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: Cagey

I've seen a number of dogs that will do this ... most (all?) of them labs. Wonder if it's something about the breed?


4 posted on 12/06/2006 7:07:45 AM PST by r9etb
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To: Silly

We had a Lab and she'd carry the leash exactly like Jack.

Sometimes you, or your dog, can beat city hall.


5 posted on 12/06/2006 7:07:49 AM PST by Cagey
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To: Cagey

My girlfriend lets me do that sometimes when we go out.


6 posted on 12/06/2006 7:08:48 AM PST by Rb ver. 2.0
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To: Cagey

smart dog!


7 posted on 12/06/2006 7:09:54 AM PST by Mo1 (Thank You Mr & Mrs "I'm gonna teach you a lesson" Voter ... you just screwed us on so many levels)
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To: metmom; r9etb
I've seen lots of labs who seem to like to carry their own leashes (or frisbees) in their mouths.

Hmm. So they're retreiving themselves? "Recursive fetch, boy!"

8 posted on 12/06/2006 7:09:58 AM PST by sam_paine (X .................................)
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To: Cagey

I think being on a leash implies that there is a dog at one end and a human at the other. As to which one is leading, that depends.


9 posted on 12/06/2006 7:09:58 AM PST by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: Cagey

Goldens and Labs do it almost instinctively. My Golden almost has a fit if you drop her leash on the ground. She will quickly pick it back up and look at me like I'm an idiot for dropping it on the ground. But, I don't think it would get around many leash laws.


10 posted on 12/06/2006 7:11:08 AM PST by showme_the_Glory (No more rhyming, and I mean it! ..Anybody want a peanut.....)
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To: Silly; HairOfTheDog

I wonder what the purpose of the leash law is? Is it to keep dogs from jumping up on other people? I found, when walking my retired racing greyhound that lots of times people would just charge up to her and start patting her on the head, petting her...despite my protests that she was a newly adopted racer and her disposition was unknown. Most unnerving was the parents that would just allow their kids to run over to her and hug on her! I would end up struggling to pull my dog away and begging the parent to restrain their child!


11 posted on 12/06/2006 7:11:19 AM PST by 2Jedismom (http://kimsbug.blogspot.com/)
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To: r9etb
Wonder if it's something about the breed?

Labs are always happy when carrying something.

12 posted on 12/06/2006 7:11:53 AM PST by Cagey
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To: Cagey

My bulldog always carries her own leash when we go out

Not just labs


13 posted on 12/06/2006 7:12:25 AM PST by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: Cagey

Our Golden not only carried her own leash she walked our other dog as well.


14 posted on 12/06/2006 7:15:00 AM PST by Mike Darancette (Democrat Happens!)
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To: 2Jedismom
I wonder what the purpose of the leash law is?

To keep the dogs under control, of course.

15 posted on 12/06/2006 7:15:42 AM PST by r9etb
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To: Cagey

Labs are great! Mine used to pick up pine cones for me...I'd throw his ball towards the trees, and he would always come back with the ball and 1 or 2 pine cones. Then I'd just throw them in the bag, and toss the ball again. Since I had my 2 retrievers, I haven't gotten my newspaper in about 15 yrs, just open the door for him.


16 posted on 12/06/2006 7:16:04 AM PST by stuartcr (Everything happens as God wants it to.....otherwise, things would be different.)
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To: Cagey

This is news? Ever since leash laws started, dogs have been "on leash" in this manner. 10 years ago, my dog was walked like this and I carried leash-law ordinance in my pocket to read aloud to anyone that complained....including the dog police.


17 posted on 12/06/2006 7:16:09 AM PST by ElectricStrawberry (27th Infantry Regiment...cut in half during the Clinton years....Nec Aspera Terrent!!!)
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To: r9etb

My female Boxer can carry her own leash. When I get her ready for walks, she carries it around the house while she is waiting for me.

I guess I'm in the minority here, however. I won't let my dogs outside our enclosed yard without a leash. My dogs are well trained, but dogs nonetheless. I could never live with myself if one of them got distracted and took off after something and got hurt.

Also, kids tend to come running up to them alot (you have to admit, Boxers have very cute faces. With a leash, I can control her better if she gets spooked. I'm sorry to be such a stick in the mud, but I truly believe a dog is safer when being walked on a leash. Although, as a caveat, last time I walked my female she broke my wrist in two places when she took off and I wasn't paying attention. I never did let go of the leash though LOL. I'm still in the cast.


18 posted on 12/06/2006 7:16:37 AM PST by USMCWife6869
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To: Cagey

They're retrievers!

Such good dogs. Kinda goofy when they're puppies, though! LOL!


19 posted on 12/06/2006 7:17:34 AM PST by 2Jedismom (http://kimsbug.blogspot.com/)
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To: 2Jedismom

You need a special leash for greyhounds, don't you - given their sleek head and all?


20 posted on 12/06/2006 7:17:35 AM PST by ErnBatavia (recent nightmare: Googled up "Helen Thomas nude"....)
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To: Cagey

My mom's chihuahua used to do this, too.


21 posted on 12/06/2006 7:17:38 AM PST by Verloona Ti
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To: 2Jedismom

The leash laws are to cut down on dogs running free, getting hit by cars, yes, jumping on people and other dogs, and a whole lot of other reasons. It's a good law in an inperfect world, however, as dogs need to be able to run free for exercise, and many dog owners lobby for this right.

In your situation, you may actually think about getting a "working dog: please don't touch" coat, as that will stop most people from just running up and petting.

But as time goes on, I sure hope your new doggie friend becomes acclimated to people very soon. Best thing, actually, is to create opportunities for her to have as much human contact as possible.


22 posted on 12/06/2006 7:18:21 AM PST by Silly (Still being... Silly)
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To: 2Jedismom
I would end up struggling to pull my dog away and begging the parent to restrain their child!

We could propose a leash law on them!

23 posted on 12/06/2006 7:19:01 AM PST by HairOfTheDog
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To: Cagey

I love this.

Fido stickin' it to the man.

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAA!


24 posted on 12/06/2006 7:20:20 AM PST by rottndog (WOOF!!!)
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To: 2Jedismom
Such good dogs. Kinda goofy when they're puppies, though! LOL!

And the puppy stage last 3-4 years.

25 posted on 12/06/2006 7:21:38 AM PST by Fierce Allegiance (SAY NO TO RUDY!)
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To: glock rocks

Did Bo go missing again?


26 posted on 12/06/2006 7:28:45 AM PST by tubebender (Growing old is mandatory...Growing up is optional)
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To: Fierce Allegiance
And the puppy stage last 3-4 years.

In a Lab, I think there's still quite a bit of puppy until their last days.

27 posted on 12/06/2006 7:28:55 AM PST by Cagey
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To: Cagey; sinkspur; 88keys; DugwayDuke; sissyjane; Severa; the OlLine Rebel; naturalman1975; ...
Ping!


Other articles with keyword "DOGGIEPING" since 12/29/04

28 posted on 12/06/2006 7:29:27 AM PST by HairOfTheDog
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To: HairOfTheDog
LOL...I get around our local leash law by letting my dogs walk each other...


29 posted on 12/06/2006 7:32:50 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Voted Free Republic's Most Eligible Bachelor: 2006. Love them Diebold machines.)
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To: Cagey

My dog does this too!!!!


30 posted on 12/06/2006 7:33:10 AM PST by RushCrush (Where are the black people in Santa Town?)
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To: USMCWife6869
Also, kids tend to come running up to them alot (you have to admit, Boxers have very cute faces.

I suppose - especially if you think a face that looks like it fell off a ten story building and hit face first is cute.

(just kidding - sort of)

31 posted on 12/06/2006 7:33:23 AM PST by Tokra (I think I'll retire to Bedlam.)
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To: KosmicKitty

You have a bully? need pics!!! huge bully fans here. We have an Olde English, she is the love of our lives.


32 posted on 12/06/2006 7:34:07 AM PST by RushCrush (Where are the black people in Santa Town?)
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To: USMCWife6869

Thank you.


33 posted on 12/06/2006 7:37:12 AM PST by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade. There are only 2 sides. Pick one.)
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To: Tokra

Oh, now you've made her cry. My poor puppy. ;-) LOL


34 posted on 12/06/2006 7:38:00 AM PST by USMCWife6869
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To: r9etb

As the parent of two labs, I can tell you it is all about the breed. They are all goofballs, and they all like to carry things in their mouths. Carrying your leash just comes naturally to them.


35 posted on 12/06/2006 7:38:50 AM PST by blau993
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To: Cagey

Pretty cute and funny!

Of course, I've always wondered if just letting the dog drag the lead counts.

I always have a dog leashed, but I wouldn't mind having her drag it some. That way I would still have a potentially better way of stopping her if necessary than just trying to tackle her.

Do any of these laws specify that someone must HOLD the lead?


36 posted on 12/06/2006 7:40:20 AM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue.)
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To: Moonman62

How about a dog that is trained to voice commands?


37 posted on 12/06/2006 7:40:35 AM PST by Freedom4US (u)
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To: USMCWife6869

"I guess I'm in the minority here, however. I won't let my dogs outside our enclosed yard without a leash. My dogs are well trained, but dogs nonetheless. I could never live with myself if one of them got distracted and took off after something and got hurt."


I absolutely agree with you. 1 NEVER knows what is going to happen, no matter how well-mannered, and it's better to be safe for EVERYone's sake.


38 posted on 12/06/2006 7:43:53 AM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue.)
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To: blau993
They are all goofballs...

Hahahahaha! Goofball is the perfect word.

And, when they look directly into your eyes you can tell exactly what they are thinking.

39 posted on 12/06/2006 7:45:11 AM PST by Cagey
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To: Freedom4US

See my #38 and also #18.


40 posted on 12/06/2006 7:46:54 AM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue.)
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To: Cagey

This will give all those scummy pit bull and Rottenweiler owners an excuse to do the same thing.


41 posted on 12/06/2006 7:49:03 AM PST by D-Chivas
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To: the OlLine Rebel
"See my #38 and also #18."

I would also direct freepers to your tagline, which is excellent.

42 posted on 12/06/2006 7:54:48 AM PST by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade. There are only 2 sides. Pick one.)
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To: metmom

My chihuahua Fidel likes to carry very tiny stuffed animals around every waking hour. His sidekick Charo does not have the same habit.


43 posted on 12/06/2006 7:58:38 AM PST by BunnySlippers (Never Forget / Giuliani 2008)
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To: KosmicKitty
My bulldog always carries her own leash when we go out

My puggle loves to carry "her" end of the leash.
44 posted on 12/06/2006 7:59:38 AM PST by ninergold3 (Jesus Loves Me This I Know - For The Bible Tells Me So)
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To: Cagey

They did some testing in Sioux City (my home town) and found the dog had a higher IQ (by 4 points) than the average resident.


45 posted on 12/06/2006 8:00:32 AM PST by lawdude (The dems see Wal-Mart as a bigger threat to the US than muslim terrorists)
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To: USMCWife6869
I'm sorry to be such a stick in the mud, but I truly believe a dog is safer when being walked on a leash.

You aren't a stick in the mud - you are a responsible dog owner. I love my dog too much to let her walk herself. She carries her end of the leash in her mouth - but I'm attached to the other end.
46 posted on 12/06/2006 8:02:30 AM PST by ninergold3 (Jesus Loves Me This I Know - For The Bible Tells Me So)
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To: Verloona Ti

Their talking about a real dog.


47 posted on 12/06/2006 8:04:09 AM PST by bikerman (Democrats the cut and run party.)
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To: Silly

Here in NYC, we've been fighting a proposed change to the "off leash Hours" in City parks. As of now, dogs can be off leash from 9PM until Close, and then from opening until 9AM. Where we live, there are probably 2 dozen dogs all running around together from about 7AM until 9 every weekend morning. Rain or shine, hot or cold, we bring water for the dogs and coffee & doughnuts for the humans. Everyone is well-behaved, too. A little squirrel chasing, a little humping, but the dogs are better off for it- They're happier and more socailized than if they were on-leash, struggling to get at one another.

We have every kind of dog imaginable- A lot of mutts from North Shore Animal League, some purebreeds too. Size varies, tto. We have mini Schnauzers, Yorkies, A Doberman, A couple of Pit mixes, a Rottweiler, and of course, Rocky, the "Great American Rock Hound"! (He's Mine.) We have no idea what he is, other than Yellow Lab, and whatever jumped the fence...

LC


48 posted on 12/06/2006 8:21:13 AM PST by LoneConservative (PEACE... Through SUPERIOR FIREPOWER!!!)
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To: LoneConservative

Yeah, I live in QUeens and work in midtown, so I've been following this story.

I gotta get me a doggie!


49 posted on 12/06/2006 8:22:36 AM PST by Silly (Still being... Silly)
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To: Cagey

"The 11-year-old Labrador retriever holds his own leash in his mouth as he walks with his owner, Brad Ralph."

This must be a very slow news day.


50 posted on 12/06/2006 8:28:38 AM PST by Sam Hill
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