I feel like a whiny kid. I really waaant something! I want a dog park...please!!! We live in a small town in upstate NY. I can't say it's overly dog friendly, but it's not bad. The town I live in does not allow dogs on any school ground or field, so we're left to run and play at a local historic site where dogs are not banned, but they also are not encouraged with open arms. After visiting Cape Cod and a few of it's towns either finished, or up and coming dog parks, I feel my town, and probably many others, NEED a dog park of their own. I don't see it as just a "nice place for dogs to play", I see it as a necessity for communities with many dogs living in them. I believe it would make not only the dogs and their owners happier, but also the non-dog owners as well. I think it would help keep dogs more out of the way of people who do not want to be around them. Dogs and their people would have a place to go, and not be in a constant search for dog friendly places and people,if they had a dog park. Jamie has been on the lookout for some prime space, and we have a couple options in mind. One is a space that is already designated as "park space", but it has never been developed. After locating the place, next would come approval and funding for it. I have to say, I am more motivated than ever, even though I don't know much about how to get this underway! My boys had a great time socializing, running and playing with the other dogs in Cape Cod, and it was a safe place for them (and their humans) to gather. Of course I imagine we would have to start minimal. A fenced in area/areas, a couple benches, poop stations, water stations, and some kind of surface, but over time I dream of actual structures being there for dogs to play on. I am a bit hung up on what kind of surface would be good for dog paws to play on. In Cape Cod I saw small stones and sand. The stones were tough on my guys and I would worry about dogs who eat them! Sand gets hot and is hard to maneuver sometimes (if it's deep) but still might be a better option than stone. Hmmm... We live at the bottom of the Adirondacks, so maybe a rustic theme! Oh my ideas a swirling now.
WHY is it that I regularly read about dog snouts being taped or clasped shut these days?!?! I had never heard of this form of abuse for the longest time, but once I did, it seems I hear it regularly now. Just surrender the dog to a shelter. Stop these new, insane ways ways to inflict suffering!