|To the Editor: Don't bring dogs to arts fest|
|Written by Tim Majoras|
|Wednesday, 16 September 2009 08:40|
Another job well done by the organizers of the Black Swamp Arts Festival. What I cannot understand, however, is the need for so many people to bring their dogs. The downtown area is crowded enough with people trying to mingle, look at all of the items for sale, listen to music and buy food. Children want to pet the dogs that they don't know (trouble waiting to happen), owners have to pull on leashes to keep dogs separated from going after each other, and I saw dogs in the concession area trying to get food underneath the tables of vendors while the owners strained to keep them back. These animals get thirsty and tired. One of these days someone is going to get bit, or a dog is going to get loose, then BG we have a problem. If you feel that strongly that you have to take the dog for a walk on a nice afternoon, go somewhere else.
The Black Swamp Festival is for people, if you want to take your dog(s) to a festival take them! to the Mutt Strut where they can have fun in their own parade and mingle.
P.S. I am not against having pets as I own 2 dogs and a cat. C'mon get a clue, do you actually think your dog is having fun trying to dodge people, being held back on the leash from a possible skirmish with another dog, being thirsty and dragged from booth to booth, and besides they can't even buy anything.
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