Responsible dog owners evicted from Whitehorse arena
Dog hair and dander; some people are allergic to dogs, some people are afraid of dogs, deathly afraid of dogs, and in a public facility we have to think about those things. In a public facility when people are coming and going in and out of the same entrance as the public, this does present some challenges and was one of the considerations,” said Linda Rapp, the city’s Parks and Recreation manager.
She went on to say that the dog owners do clean up after themselves. So what’s the problem?
“We don’t have any complaints at this point, but the idea from our legal counsel was that if we did have complaints from either staff or the public, that we would be up the creek,” he said.
No complaints, but there might be! Linda, when you’re in a hole, STOP DIGGING!
A few years ago I went to one of our local soccer fields with Roxie to do some training. She was on a 30 foot lead, there was no one else on the soccer field. There was no one on the adjacent baseball diamond, no one in the playground nor on the tennis court. If you get the feeling I had the whole complex to myself, you would be correct. Except one person saw us. They called town hall, “Blah, blah, blah, DOG, blah, blah, blah, DOG, OMG!” The next time we went to the soccer field, we were thrown out…because of one phone call.
I went to our local council to see about getting a dog park. I made a proposal. What they said was basically verbatim to what the Whitehorse P & R Manager said. They played the “what if” game. “What if a dog jumps the fence and bites a two year old in the parking lot?” “Why would a two year old be in the parking lot?” “What if someone has a phobia?” “They tend not to go to dog parks…” etc, etc.
It’s election time in Quebec and there’s a whole lot a panderin’ goin’ on. Would someone please pander to the responsible dog owner’s of Quebec?
FYI: The dog club that was renting the arena in Whitehorse? The classes were in obedience, agility and canine good citizen (how’s that for irony?).