My Experience With Grant Kuenzli

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Editor:

I saw Grant Kuenzli sometimes in the dog bark park of Payson, with many dogs.

I went every afternoon to his campsite near the end of Granite Dells Road, Tonto Forest. My two dogs would jump out of the truck, and then two visiting dogs of Grant's from the humane society would all run in circles together, with Maggie (Grant's dog) -- five large dogs running around to smell each other and be a part of the pack. They just wanted to run to me and look and smell me. They never jumped on me.

The dogs would be up the mountain and hear my truck. They would race to get to my dogs and me, as Dr. Houpt of American College of Veterinary Behaviorists would say. (Dr. Houpt, Box 7, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, Ithaca, NY 14853-6401)

The total of the dogs was probably over 100. They wanted to be in the pack. I have watched many dogs running loose, and they all rush up to look, smell and investigate the new person.

It is very hard to understand how three running dogs are attacking a person, after Grant waved to Mr. Fish from up the trail. I would like Mr. Fish to come to Payson and walk into the dog park at 7:15 a.m. He would have many so-called attackers. It might help him with his thought process in the coming years. He would not be jumped on, scratched or bitten. He would be looked at and smelled.

Bud Matson, Payson

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