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Keeping Dogs on a Leash

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Up here in northern Michigan, we are blessed with so many trails, walkways and places to walk, hike, bike or recreate.  And to many, dogs are equally part of that cherished family activity.  For everyone’s benefit and safety using the trail, sidewalk, walkway or venue, dogs are required to be leashed at all times.  Keeping dogs on a leash not only safely protects others from unwanted or unexpected contact, but it also serves to keep the family pet safe, too.  Summertime brings increased motorized traffic to our region which, statistically, adds to the probability of a dog being hit by a car, when not on a leash.  For more information about Michigan’s leash law or about dog bite liability, generally, please contact Smith & Johnson, for a free consultation.

Authored by L. Page Graves

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  1. jc says:
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    I have a cabin in the Upper Peninsula, and frequently take my dog fishing and hunting obviously, without a leash. Once, I was fishing and the dog saved my life! I was fishing in a clearing on the Yellow Dog River catching trout. Two small fish died and I left them on the bank. Later that morning, it got hot and I took off my jacket and layer it on a rock, and just then, my dog started barking and barking in the direction of the woods. I looked and looked and couldn’t see anything. So at 9 A.M. The bite was off and I packed up my gear and dog and drove off to another location. After an hour at the new location, I realized that I left my jacket back at the first place, so I drove back. I got out of my car and there was my jacket. When I looked over at the stream, I saw that the two little fish were goon and surrounded by big bear foot prints! The dog comes with me whenever I go fishing now!