This is an open letter to the woman who called the police on my dog at Mills Park on July 24. Let me tell you a little bit about my dog.
Her name is Miss Bear, and she is 14 years old. She is blind in one eye, and is going blind in the other. She walks real slow these days, and the highlight of any given week to her is to go to the park to sniff other dogs, and to be petted by anyone who will pet her.
People all over Oak Park know her and have loved her for years. When my husband gets her to the park — and it takes a while for her to walk the two blocks — she just sits down or lies down to rest. She has a leash on, but my husband was not holding it since she was sitting down.
You came storming out yelling like she was running around bothering people.
As the police stood there, they petted her, and even a little girl asked if she could pet her. Miss Bear would not hurt a fly, and has many friends in this town, children and adults alike.
Now my husband will have to take off work and go to court because you did not bother to get to know my dog. If you had, you would have seen what everyone who meets her sees, that she is one of the sweetest dogs you could ever know.
Maybe if you had a friend like her, you would be a little less afraid — or whatever you have against dogs.