I’ve never really understood why people like dogs. They strike me as being primarily smelly, messy and a lot of work to keep around. But people apparently like them, particularly here in New York. This poses a bit of a challenge for the rest of us non-dog people as dogs crowd the sidewalk, poop on the streets and bark loudly at night.
Fortunately throughout the course of history, there have been great patriots who have risen to the challenge and taken on the dog lobby. The most famous perhaps was Fran Lee, who helped institute the nation’s first pooper scooper laws. But there is still more work to be done.
I’m happy to report that the anti-dog forces seem to have once again gained the upper hand. Today there was news that New York’s newest park, the much anticipated Brooklyn Bridge Park, will be a dog free zone. Canines will be banned from the parks great lawns. This means no dog runs taking up valuable space. No barking to interrupt your picnic. And no doggie landmines to step in.
Hopefully it won’t be long before New York adopts a 24-hour barking ban.