For those of you who have followed our plight in trying to repeal a ban on dogs in city parks here in Dubuque, IA, the measure was defeated in a 5-2 vote on Monday April 15th. We were sorely disappointed. Apparently the majority of our City Council, lead by Mayor Roy Boul, who changed his previous yes vote to a no on the second reading, did not feel enough confidence in the Dubuque dog owning community to allow us to walk leashed dogs, in certain parks, for a one year trial period.
When you read that is sounds rather incredulous doesn’t it? But it is true and personally I find it embarrassing that Dubuque, Iowa is so willing to remain so far behind the mainstream and not recognize that a significant percentage of the U.S. population views their canines as part of the family. Here in Dubuque we have a population of just over 58,000 and one dog park that is 2.5 acres. We (the responsible dog owners) have been told “Sorry, but you are paying the price for the irresponsible dog owners our there.” …I’m still scratching my head trying to figure out if that is the way those in charge should lead and set an example.
We’re going to continue our push but in the meantime we’re revving up efforts to educate others in our community on just want it means to be a responsible dog owner.
And that is where you come in. We need you, Dubuque dog owners to join FIDO (Friendly, Intelligent Dog Owners) We will be enjoying social opportunities together with our dog AND we will be advocates for responsible ownership through activities like Scoop The Poop days and educational workshops.
Membership is only $30.00/year but for a limited time (through June 15th) we are offering a founding member status that includes lifetime membership for only $50.00. You can find out more here or stop by, pick up a flier and I’ll be happy to fill you in!