1.6 min readBy Published On: October 31st, 2016Categories: Features11 Comments on Letter to the Editor: Incident at the new dog park

It’s been less than a week since the new dog park on First St. opened and there’s already been a run in. One Southie resident accidentally used the wrong door causing another resident to go ballistic.  See letter below:

“Saturday morning around 9:30, I took my dog to the new park. As I approached the main entrance, I noticed a bunch of smaller dogs right at the entrance. Not wanting my big obnoxious 10 month old lab puppy to get into the scrum, I instead opened the gate to the right of the entrance. As I opened it, a couple of dogs came running to greet my dog( as per usual) and one attempted to get out- dog was brought back in, door was closed. As this was happening a tall, twenty-something year old man came walking up aggressively to me and began to drop many expletives at me about how I had used the wrong door. Calmly I apologized, stated it was my very first time there and told him that he didn’t need to keep dropping “f-bombs” at me. It was an honest mistake. He continued swearing at me and I walked away towards the other end of the park. He left with his girlfriend right away. I was completely taken aback at what had just happened. One woman, in particular who witnessed the entire event, consoled me and told me that he shouldn’t have done that. I was really disturbed by this guy’s behavior so I’m hoping that maybe it won’t happen again to someone else by relaying the story to you. Thanks for your time.”

People make mistakes.  It’s a new park and residents are getting familiar with it.  There is no reason for someone to go bananas and start yelling, screaming and swearing at someone for accidentally opening the wrong door.  Just be a good neighbor.  Gheesh.

Image of Vito – not involved in the incident.  Just a cute dog. 


  1. Kelly November 1, 2016 at 6:00 pm - Reply

    Wow I’m sorry to hear this. If that’s the mans worst problem in life than good for him but for the rest of us, take it easy its not that serious!! Geez!!! Take a chill pill????????

  2. Steve November 4, 2016 at 5:21 pm - Reply

    Sounds bad and screaming is inexcusable, but some how I have a feeling that there is another side to this story where a guy complains how someone let his dog escape from the new dog park and onto the street because they didn’t want to use the proper entrance and how when he confronted them on it they just ignored him.

    • Matt November 5, 2016 at 9:31 am - Reply

      The story clearly and accurately states no dog came close to “escaping”. Several people saw the incident and tell the same story.

      • Joe November 6, 2016 at 8:31 am - Reply

        “and one attempted to get out- dog was brought back in”

        If the dog never got out… how then could it be “brought back in”? Clearly the dog escaped.

    • Matt November 5, 2016 at 11:06 am - Reply

      A woman is bullied in public by a man and tells about for the sake of others, and you’re suggesting it didn’t happen that way??? Awesome

      • Joe November 6, 2016 at 8:29 am - Reply

        Sarcasm is worse than f-bombs.

  3. Joe November 6, 2016 at 8:27 am - Reply

    What if this was a children’s park and a toddler was running out into the street because of this second gate you opened? You should be more careful and take your well-deserved ear beating.

    • Maureen Dahill November 6, 2016 at 2:50 pm - Reply

      I love how you’re hiding behind a fake email address. Don’t be a coward. If you really feel this way – use your real name and email address.

      • Joe November 8, 2016 at 9:25 pm - Reply

        But that’s a straw man argument… and you are predictably sarcastic. Do you love it?

  4. Peter November 7, 2016 at 11:47 am - Reply

    Children and dogs don’t compare, unless you’re a crazy owner of an untrained dog that would run away from you, and who would scream at a woman for no good reason then set up a fake email account to defend it.

    • Joe November 8, 2016 at 9:33 pm - Reply

      I actually just compared the two. So they do compare. I don’t know who would scream at a person (not sure gender is relevant) but I can imagine the cause for emotional outburst given the circumstances.

      Logging onto a website to complain about being yelled at is a way of making yourself feel like no mistake was made on your part as you rally support and sympathy. It does sound like the dog owner was rude and over the top but there is a clear contradiction in the storyline. Again if the dog never escaped how could it be brought back in?

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