Today my friend Stephanie and I went hiking and took the dogs. We had a really great time, the dogs had a blast running around - I even let Seppel off leash.
We encountered a few people, but my dogs were really responsive to their recalls and I would leash them to let people pass us by.
Unfortunately on our way back, Seppel and LiLo were ahead of us and they ran into a small group of people. I didn't see these people because they were hunters dressed in tree camo, LiLo and Seppel barked at them and all I could hear was a woman saying "You need to get your dog!" I called Seppel and LiLo and they both came. I was made aware of the Washington County Leash Law - which is a very vague law that states the dogs needs to be under my control, which they were.
I legitimately feel bad that my dogs ran up on them and may have startled them, however I could not see them in their camo! All I could see was Seppel barking.
We had to follow these people up to the end of the trail, when we got up to the road I was repeatedly warned that she could have shot my dog and that she would shoot my dog. I told her that was fine, that she needed to do whatever she needed to do. She then told me all pit bulls should be shot in the head.
We went our separate ways.
It is unlikely I will go out there again, at least not during hunting season.
On the positive side, all of the dogs did really good about checking in while they ran the trail, and they all, including Seppel had great recalls. Overall despite the nasty people, we had a great day.
Here are a few pictures my friend got: