Reading the article Changes to dog control services, March 20 Penticton Western News, I am appalled that man’s best friend is subjected to such treatment.
I moved to the area after retiring now I am finding the restrictions are more barbaric than they are on the lower mainland.
I live in the small community of Keremeos which I thought was just the place to settled only to find that walking my dog off-leash can only be done down on an area of rock, boulders, grit and with a minimum of sand. Now I find that camping for the pickers takes over the only area by the river (rock, boulders etc., etc.) so I can’t take my dog for a decent walk anymore. The off-leash park (so called) is nothing but a fenced-in barren waste, with not one tree, two yellow so-called fire hydrants and a block of cement. A picnic table and bench not one bit of shade.
I need my dog, although it’s not a service dog but it has kept me alive over the years and now my hearing has become impaired I rely on this very special dog to let me know when someone comes into the garden. The cost of a licence is going up and we haven’t got a decent place to walk or play except our own small garden. Are you going to give places like Keremeos a proper dog off-leash park or just grab more money from the dog lovers/owners? I understand only too well what it’s like to be a senior and have another dog come up to my own in a menacing manner, it happens in the so called off-leash areas and guess what the most aggressive dogs are the small ones (that was also the case in Vancouver).
I have to drive out of Keremeos way up into the mountains for a decent trail to walk my dog. That takes quite a bit of my pension in gas every month which perhaps tells you that a lot of dog owners must be doing the same as I (because we love and respect our four-footed companions and friends). I always thought that small communities were friendly towards people and their pets, but after being here for just six months sad to say that is not the case.