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Roo v dog in Lake Tuggeranong

By johnboy 28 November 2011 21

Andy has sent in the above video with this note:

Saturday morning saw us witness a small kangaroo leap gracefully into Lake Tuggeranong. The reason for this was quickly revealed as a pursuing canine. Maybe this is why leads were invented?

Who knows? Rumour has it that roos have the upper hand while in the water and so it was with interest that we watched what was going on. But it wasn’t as if we could do anything anyway.

Belatedly, I fired up the little camera and while I curse digital zoom, it gave a low contrast view of what went on.

Will Skippy drown Optimus?

UPDATE: In answer to your questions Andrew had this to say:

And yes, Skippy got out and lay there for a while, even though it was immediately barked at by another unleashed dog which had the sense to keep its distance.


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iceu 5:29 pm 11 Dec 11

bigfeet said :

iceu said :

Are you guys serious? Most of Lake Tuggeranong is a DESIGNATED OFF LEASH AREA for dogs according to the TAMS website, as are some of the banks.

I’m not saying that dogs should be allowed to chase kangaroos, but sometimes they come out of the blue. IMO the owner seemed to be doing the right thing in the circumstances – her other dog had been leashed and this one was leashed as soon as it got out of the water.

You either have no idea of the responsibilities of dog owners in designated unleashed areas, or you just don’t care.

A dog can only be unleashed if it is under the immediate control of the responsible person. Do you really understand what that means? If a dog rushes at any other animal it is not under control. If a dog does not return to the owner the instant it is called it is not under control.

This owner obviously has no control at all of the animal.

With your attitude I certainly hope you are not a dog owner.

Actually yes, I’m a dog owner. I have two dogs. One of them isn’t let off leash unless in a fenced area, as his recall isn’t brilliant. The other has great recall but I’d be stupid if I said it was 100%. IMO no dog anywhere in the world has 100% recall. I can assure you that I am most definitely a responsible dog owner, both my dogs are exercised every single day, both are obedience trained, one obedience titled.

Will my girl recall off other dogs? Yep. Will she recall of other people? Yep. Will she recall off a kangaroo that hops 5m in front of her? Don’t know, haven’t been in the situation before. Is she a robot? Most definitely not 🙂

If she chased a kangaroo and we got fined, then sure, I’d cop that as she wasn’t under control. But some of the previous comments were, IMO, uncalled for. Not much tolerance in our society these days.

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