Dog parks are a staple of urban and suburban areas, a place where dog owners can congregate and converse about the local gossip, or goings-on about the neighborhood. Over the past 12 months, a group of people have come together to propose allocating land for a dog park in Weston and tensions are running high.
Surprisingly, the dog park has met with a strong degree of controversy. For the better part of the last year, there have been multiple hearings involving the dog park. The latest meeting occurred just last week and there is still no resolution about how to proceed.
Maria Proto, a long-time Weston resident started the campaign for the dog park. She has a lot to say. When I spoke to her last week, she said, “One of the benefits that a lot of people don’t realize when they don’t go to dog parks regularly is that it is not just socialization for your animals. So that's one of the benefits for your animals get socialized well and well socialized dogs are usually less aggressive towards other dogs but is also a way for people to go out and meet each other … I would love to meet my fellow Westonites who have dogs. I have also been told by some people that it is very hard to meet people in our town because there aren’t many events in Weston to go to.”
While many residents are in support of the formation of the park, there are many people on the other side. Just ask Bill Theriault. He is worried that if Weston puts money to this dog park it will take money away for many
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According to one article '' That 37% of americans who own dogs often look for a dog park when choosing for a place to live''. With dog parks everyone would benefit. Without a place to take dogs they may never socialize much and can become aggresive.Though a good point can be made that dog parks can be loud at times. I still believe that dog parks are needed.
Before you jump to the hasty conclusion that I’m opposed to a dog park because I do not have a dog, let me assure you I do have a dog and am aware of my responsibilities as an owner. The principal argument for a dog park is “exercise is important to dogs’ mental and physical health.” I would take this argument a step further and state exercise is also
To many complications will come from a dog park. Such as situations like a dog attacking another dog or even attacking someone else. This can cause a lot of upset owners. Also many painful court cases. Dog parks will bring up a lot of legal issues that we don't need.
Building a dog park will be a very costly project that will impact the public, which in turn can raise taxes. This impact will not go well with taxpayers, especially, with the economy steady raising taxes for other city projects and needs.
We as a comunity have to deside if we can use a dog park. I live in Kalispell Montana and in my case we dont have a dog park. I believe that Kalispell does not need a dog park because of the population. In my exsperince we never needed a dog park we have many parks that you can take your dog to so he/she can run around. When my family and I got my blue nose pit he needed lots of room to rome and play. I took my dog named Spike on long walks, long boarding trips, and
I do believe it would be best for everyones sake if the dog park was built. Clearly, the passage stated in benefit to the dog park being built, "Bad behaior caused by dogs being lonely or poorly exercised is partly responsible for the 2 million pet dogs that end up at U.S. animal shelters every year." The prevention of putting an animal in a shelter could possibly avoid lawsuits from the animal attacking a person.
I think having a dog park would help dog's exercise! Exercise is important to a dog's mental and physical health. Not exercising can lead to a dog acting up at home. Socializing Dog's with other dog's might be hard if you don't know anyone else with a dog. A dog park would help with meeting other dog's for our furry friends. Socializing dog's decrease the chance of dog bites!
Dogs can get exercise off leash that is normally hard to do safely. Many people hear the bad rap about dog parks like that there’s many dog fights, it’s not clean, and people don’t watch their dogs. Actually dog parks are very good, if they are run right. Both would benefit, if there would be rules and safety restriction to make the park fun and safe. Glenwood has no dog parks or anything close, it’s hard to
In my opinion, the dog park is to bring dogs together to socialize and play, not to see individuals chit chatting (socializing), and with their short-tempered dogs sitting by their side (you can do this in a regular park!).
But, I can understand some people’s desire for a public dog park. They wouldn’t have to keep their dog on a leash at all times & could socialize with others. Nevertheless, it is not the cities fault or the taxpayers that you own a dog in a place where it has little free space. People should take into account their living environment (future or current) and determine if the atmosphere is right for a dog. Personally, I live in a neighborhood of countless dogs. There is the common disturbance of barking, but the dogs stay in their yards. The owners are responsible and keep their dogs well trained. This is not to say that residents in the city do not do this as well, but the difference is the space. And, my family does not own any pets for the sole reason of how much work they are. They need to be fed, played with, walked, and taken out constantly. But if we decided to own one, it would be better in our current residence and not the city.
I know it would be good to have dog parks in cities my mom went to the animal slelter when i was eleven she got two german shepards they were really nice but really mean to other dogs we didn't have a park nearby so the only time was when mom was off work i tried to help make them nice dogs but i couldn't my mom finally got a day off we took them to this huge park down town they played for an hour and didn't attack any of the other dogs i was happy after that we took them to the park and for walks often.
For dogs if they don't have a place to run around and play fetch they sit in the house all day. They eat, lay down, eat some more and lay down more. They start to get lazy and fat.Messing up their mental and physical health. Having a dog park would help these dogs get out more and be able too run around and get as much exercize as they needed.
Do you like pets? Are you a pet person? Well, I'm not a pet person. Does that mean that I agree to not having dog parks? No, because in alot of ways animals are alot like humans. Animals need basic exercise and daily walks and runs to survive just like we do. Dog parks are expensive but they are needed. People say dogs are for the most part loud and noisey. Just think about it if we were to build a park made just for dogs , there would be alot less problems.
I believe that they should put in a dog park because it helps the other side of the augument and hers a few raesons why. With out a dog park people and need to use there cramped up city back yards to do all there business and there isnt that much space for a dog that just wants to run. Also if there isnt a dog park other dogs cant socialize with each other making them more afraid or angery of each other causeing fights just because they cant be around other dogs or get the energy and space they need. Also this bad behavor or dogs cause may lead them to the shelters or put down and it your fault not the dogs. Putting in a dog park would benifit are city because people who have dogs will look for a city with dog parks and would want move here
Although I am not in agreence with the fact that tax-payers would be fitting the bill for this dog park. There is just no benefit going towards non dog-owners. In fact the risks seem so great that they out weigh the benefits.