We took Powerhouse road to the first Dilly Dally junction. We continued on the trail, skipped the second junction, and continued straight to Buntzen Bay. We turned back just short of the village. There were 2 off-leash dogs in the area who seemed friendly enough, but Skeena has an aggressive initial reaction to other dogs (typical border collie personality, from what I know) so we turned back before annoying the locals.
We headed back to the Dilly Dally junction, hoping to check out Croker Lookout and Little Horn mtn. We headed up the trail and turned around at the first big creek crossing. The water level wasn't too bad for Ryan & I, but I was skeptical about letting Skeena cross it. We headed back to Powerhouse road and took the Academy trail back to the parking lot.
We got into a bit of a tiff with another dog owner. Skeena adores people, but she is not friendly with other dogs. From what I understand, this is typical of her breed' personality. On our way back, we saw many dogs off-leash in on-leash sections of the trail. I have no problem with it and I see it all the time. BUT, knowing Skeena is very aggressive, I try to move her off trail, give dog owners a heads-up that she will be aggressive towards their dog, and suggest putting them on-leash until we pass by. Most dog owners are understanding and comply. They put their dogs on-leash, give Skeena a pat on the head, and continue on.
At one section, there were 2 large dogs off-leash, coming down the buntzen lake trail. I went off trail with Skeena and put her into a pocket right beside the lake. Ryan asked the owner to put her dogs on a leash, she agreed. As they walked towards us, she didn't put the dogs on a leash, the 2 dogs ran towards Skeena and of course, Skeena charged and nipped at them. The owner called her dogs back. While passing by, we commented saying "next time instead of ignoring the request, please put your dogs on a leash". The girl became livid, turned around and made a few comments including "Don't tell me what to do" "Who the **** are you?" and "What's it to you if my dog's off-leash, if I want to pay the fine, that's my business not yours".
I don't give a $#@! about the fine, my concern is my dog eating yours, after I've given fair warning. We exchanged thoughts and continued on.
Buntzen Lake is a very popular area for dogs and it has a specific off-leash section which includes an area by the lake and various trails. I often see off-leash dogs along the undesignated trails and it doesn't bother me the least bit.
Skeena isn't always aggressive and I can pinpoint when I need to take her off trail and when I do not. Some of the time, she's distracted by pinecones, sticks and other 'toys' and isn't concerned with other canine trail users.
Any thoughts from other dog owners? Skeena loves the outdoors and we always follow the rules because of her personality. Being undermined by another owner who may not understand the rules or why they're in place is a little bothersome.
Now that Skeena sounds like a belligerent little pooch, here are some cute pics from our day at Buntzen. She really is a doll!