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Joyce Coomer: Comments on proposed dog law

'Unless a dog is doing the woof-woof-woof, pause, woof-woof-woof, pause, repeat indefinitely just to hear himself bark, I like having a dog that barks at things moving in the night. - JOYCE COOMER.
See Also: City Council 6 Feb 2017: Mayor gives heads up on dog law
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By Joyce Coomer
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Greg had hunting dogs for many years, and while he would sometimes have as many as six or seven, they didn't do much barking at night unless something was around the house that wasn't usually there.

Some of the dogs would bark at nearly any animal -- which, around our place, was a LOT -- and some would bark only at people they hadn't seen before. The dogs that barked at any animal moving around the place didn't bark long at a time -- just a few barks to alert us something was out there, then they'd hush.

Unless a dog is doing the woof-woof-woof, pause, woof-woof-woof, pause, repeat indefinitely just to hear himself bark, I like having a dog that barks at things moving in the night. Dogs that bark at unusual noises, movements and scents can alert homeowners to all sorts of situations -- from fire, to snakes to trespassers who may be up to no good. Depending on the nature of the dog, they can also alert people to drastic changes in the weather.

Several years ago a study was done of prisoners who were incarcerated for theft to learn what discouraged them from breaking into homes. The number one deterrent was a barking dog as the thieves figured the dog would wake up either the homeowners or neighbors, alerting them to a thief on the premises.

Let's not create any more ordinances that further inhibit the freedoms we are supposed to enjoy in this country. Instead, when you hear a dog barking, look out the window to see if you see anything that's out of place in your neighborhood. You may come to rely on the dog's sensitive senses of smell and hearing to keep you safe in your home, even though you don't own a dog.

- Joyce M. Coomer

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