Bad boy of Belgrade, breakin’ the (leash) law
Don’t let this sweet face fool you: Miloš is a rebel. Apparently, he has -we have-been breaking Belgrade’s leash laws. I had no idea. Many owners walk their dogs without leashes, and we often go to a park where dogs run free.
While some people claim that Belgrade has had a leash law for years, the dog park rumor mill says that a new law (as of May 1st) forbids dogs to be off-leash in public areas. Only time will tell if this law is practiced or enforced. Based on the number of unleashed dogs I’ve seen, we have a better chance of bars going smoke-free than seeing dogs on leashes in parks.
If the law is enforced, at least there’s one option for dog owners: Belgrade just opened a new dog park on K. Aleksandar by Tašmajdan Park.
I’m not sure if this is the first dog park in Belgrade, but it’s the first I’ve seen. Belgrade trams will now allow dogs less than 10 kilos to ride in a travel bag, so maybe I’ll take Miloš over to check it out. I may still bring him to our outlaw park, though. He needs a little street cred to play with the big dogs.