Control your dog around free range alligators

So, I’m very frustrated today.  During our short time on Fripp Island we’ve been introduced to their seemingly never ending list of rules.

Today’s rule is a little perplexing though.  I had our dog, Daisy, out in the road playing fetch with a ball.  We keep an e-collar on her so that she doesn’t run off, but this is rarely an issue.  She enjoys the game too much.

Then Fripp Island security came along to let me know that we can play ball, but Daisy has to be on a leash.  First, how do you play fetch with a dog on a leash?  That’s called playing fetch with myself.  Not fun.  So we packed up our toys and went home.  As I was thinking about the Fripp Island rules that I seem to keep running afoul of, I remembered the beware of alligator signs that are all over the place.  We’ve seen the free roaming alligators on the golf course and by houses and sidewalks several times.

So, the rule is dogs must be on a leash even if they are controlled by an alternate means, but alligators are free to roam wherever they please.   I guess I could go try to play fetch with an alligator, but I’m not sure it would work out very well.

Two American Alligators (Alligator mississippi...

Two American Alligators (Alligator mississippiensis), Florida, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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