|Teddy dreams of a River East dog park to call his own.|
Not only do I buy him dog toys by the pound (ha-ha "pound") but I keep them in a toy box just for him.
He has a collection of darling little t-shirts (which I sometimes iron) and a large collection of trendy harnesses and leashes.
He has dog insurance (which I suspect is better than my human insurance).
He even sleeps in the bed with me at night...at the head of the bed...on his own pillow (clearly I have given up all control).
However, despite my love for my little darling (his name is Teddy) when I want to take him to a DC dog park I have to drive "over the river and through the woods" because there are no DC dog parks East of the River.
And that really bites (no pun intended).
I, along with every other responsible DC dog owner has to jump through hoops (okay that pun was intended) to keep my dog vaccinated just so I can get him registered in DC and get the special DC dog park tag, and I pay $15 a year for the privilege
I don't whine about getting him vaccinated (I do that to keep him healthy). I don't whine about filling out the paperwork to get him licensed in DC (its the law). I don't even really mind shelling out the $15 for the dog license and the dog park tag (small price to pay so my little guy can sniff butts in peace) but I do get annoyed, really annoyed, when I have to get in my car and drive at least 15 minutes if I want to take him to a city-owned dog park.
That is so not "dog-friendly".
|Teddy's first visit to the Shaw dog park.|
There has been controversy in the news as of late about Mayor Fenty spending $400,000 on a dog park while cutting back on social services. I support the Mayor on this - I want a dog park! I know not everyone is going to agree (publicly anyway) with what I am about to say but I am going to say it. A big portion of my taxes already go to support the public education and services of children I do not have (because I can't afford them and I really don't want any) and for a "safety net" that I don't get to use. My safety net is spelled "J-O-B" and when I didn't have a job for 18 months my lifestyle was mostly sponsored by my fallback safety net "H-U-S-T-L-E". I'm not asking for a rebate on my taxes because I am not taking advantage of all these city services (which are paid for with my tax dollars) so for those who keep wanting to make an issue out of dog park vs. more funds for social services (which I know are getting more than 400k) please throw us with a dog a bone, especially those of us without dependents who consider our furry friends our babies.
|" Maybe, next year Santa will bring me a dog park." *sigh*|
|"Did you hear that Capital Hill is getting a dog park?"|
I propose the following:
Dear Mayor Fenty and members of the DC Council,
People East of the River have dogs.
We pay taxes.
We would like to take advantage of some of these awesome amenities that are popping up all over the city.
Can you please throw us a bone (okay I lied about the puns) and set aside some funds for an East of the River dog park? I understand that DC dog parks are managed in part by a DC dog association, there has to be a dog association who would like to partner with a River East community to get a dog park. Can we make that happen?
Do it for the doggies! Pretty please!
P.S. If you have any dog or pet pictures please send them in - I would love to post them. Please include the name of your little darling(s) and Ward.
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