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SReader: Artfest No Place for Pit Bull on Choke Chain

Something happened on Sunday at the Art on the Green event in Coeur d’Alene that really upset me (and many around me) as my wife and I strolled through the tents. It was a beautiful day and the walkway was very crowded. People often had to turn their shoulders to pass each other. My wife or I ended up on many occasions walking single file because of the crowd. While walking single file, a loud growl and deep multiple barks startled all of us walking along. Immediately to my left, an elderly gentlemen pushing a walker, moved as quickly as he could to the middle of the walkway because a damn pit bull decided the walker was some type of enemy!! This was a very tense time for all of us because we had no idea what was going on. The old gentleman almost fell trying to get out of the way. Luckily, the pit bull was on a choke chain and the owner quickly jerked the dog up into the air and said “stop”. The dog didn’t bite anyone so I guess the owner felt it was OK. In fact, he calmly resumed his conversation with the artist in the tent! He acted like it was not his dogs problem. I can assure you, not one person in that walkway felt safe and we all felt sorry for the guy using the walker.

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Question: Why do pet owners take their dogs to major events, such as Art on the Green, the Fourth of July Parade, etc.?


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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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