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Reader's View: Dog parks are about much more than dogs

It was nice to see the comments of mayoral candidates, the commentary and facts about where the funding comes from, etc., for Duluth's dog parks, all under the headline, "Doggone dog park debate." It was the Sunday Opinion feature of June 28.

It was nice to see the comments of mayoral candidates, the commentary and facts about where the funding comes from, etc., for Duluth’s dog parks, all under the headline, “Doggone dog park debate.” It was the Sunday Opinion feature of June 28.
This is Duluth. We have the University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs and the Duluth Huskies. Clearly we love dogs.
But dog parks aren’t just about dogs. Those of us who go to these parks get to know one another and foster friendships, etc. As an example, a member of the group posted that she needed to foster her dog because she was going out of town for six weeks for medical care. Another member stepped up, offering to foster her dog as his dog and hers got along well, and he liked her dog. But the story doesn’t end there. Two other members of the group jumped in to help her move from her third-story apartment. Next, the foster dad noticed he needed a tie-out for the foster dog, and a member of the group took time out to bring one.
So when candidates decide to talk down the dog parks and their benefits, keep this in mind: We are a community. We have a voice. And we can and do vote. So perhaps candidates may want to check their facts and rethink their stands - or they will not stand a chance.
James Zinmer
Duluth

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