August 30, 2006

 unchain my heart


apparently while i was in NYC my neighborhood was busy (busy busy) coming to the aid of chained dogs. the current traffic circle display is not only beautiful, but it's also a political statement.

a group calling themselves the coalition to unchain dogs has organized local meetings to convince the county commission to pass a proposal outlawing dogs-in-chains.

in fact, my neighbors are now so riled up about this that they are contacting animal control each time they see a chained dog, and at the end of each day post to the neighborhood listserv just how many dogs they've helped free. tonight that post simply said "19 down, 31 to go."

here's a close up of the traffic circle, and one particularly touching photo taken by a neighbor of the dog in the rain. notice how far away the water bowl is from him.

I received an email from the neighborhood resident -- a very compassionate soul -- who is coordinating a local effort to get the resolution passed. He says:

The update isn't about the number of dogs released--wish that it were--but is about the number of people who have contacted the county commissioners telling them to support the proposal from the INC and PAC 2 to outlaw keeping dogs on chains. I sent a message to the listserv saying that [I am] very close to the artist and if 50 people would send messages to the commissioners we would try to persuade the artist to unchain Fido. I'm sending an update soon: we have 28 messages sent and 22 to go.

Posted by xta at August 30, 2006 10:55 PM | TrackBack

I love seeing that people are doing something about this kind of thing.

I have never understood why someone would have a "pet", only to chain them in the yard and never interact with them. It makes no sense to me.

And what an excellent use of the traffic circle! I think you should chain the traffic-circle art-hater-lady.

Posted by: Matt at August 31, 2006 10:41 AM

Cool ... I'm going to mention this in my dog blog! I won't be able to go to the meeting becauase I have an agility trial, but I posted it to the Durham Dog park list.

Posted by: Lisa B at August 31, 2006 01:19 PM

oh man. that rain picture made me a little misty. ahem.

Posted by: pinky at August 31, 2006 02:38 PM

Someone covered him up!

Posted by: Lisa B at September 1, 2006 09:16 AM

Neat-o. The power of art, images, and blogging!

Posted by: John Boy at September 1, 2006 10:23 AM

I used to have an Aunt who was perpetually buying expensive dogs and then leaving them outside chained up because she didn't want them in the house.
It's amazing what you can tell about a person based on how they treat animals.....

Posted by: Gidge at September 2, 2006 04:09 PM

Dogs being treated poorly make me cry. And then I wake up with puffy eyes.

This makes me a little teary, too.

Posted by: lastewie at September 3, 2006 07:22 PM

When I was growing up, we kept our dog chained up outside all the time. I feel horrible about this now, even though he had a doghouse he could go into.

This was just one of my family's many problems, but we didn't need to be taking our neuroses out on our dog.

I'm sorry, George.

Posted by: Jerry at September 5, 2006 10:27 PM

fido's in the news:

Posted by: xta at September 6, 2006 04:24 PM
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