I caught a snippet of a report on the radio the other day – I don’t even know if I heard it correctly – but the statement I think I heard was that one of the most requested items for municipalities is now a “dog park”. They said dog parks are replacing bike paths as the most often stated target in government block grant spending activities.
For those who don’t know what a “dog park” is, Wikipedia defines it this way: “a park for dogs to exercise and play off-leash in a controlled environment under the supervision of their owners. These parks have varying features, although they typically offer a 4′ to 6′ fence, separate double-gated entry and exit points, adequate drainage, benches for humans, shade for hot days, parking close to the site, water, tools to pick up and dispose of animal waste in covered trash cans, and regular maintenance and cleaning of the grounds. Dog parks may also offer wheel-chair access, a pond for swimming and a separate enclosure for small dogs.” I would ad that these parks are typically between a quarter acre and 50 acres in size, depending upon the demand and the availability of land.
For some reason, I thought of the concept of dog parks combined with something I recently read about “free speech zones” at colleges. These two things caused me to consider the state of our Constitution and the increasingly brazen attacks on it (and anyone who has ever read anything I have written knows my mind tends to associate things in strange ways).
I’ve always had a dog to love. I grew up on a farm and we always had dogs around. As I have progressed through life, there are very few spans of time when we haven’t had them around (once after my beautiful and loyal friend Alex died at 14 and when we had to leave our current pups behind to live in the UK for a bit). We currently live with Sam and Ruby, two rescued eleven-and-a-half-year-old Lab mixes that we have had since they were pups.