I can't tell you how excited I am to be able to say that. I have always loved the parts of Florida that I have visited and am finding Englewood/Venice to be equally as delightful; so many nice people and beautiful scenery. It pleases me no end to see how many dog owners live here and to see how many business owners allow them to eat, shop or visit with their dogs.
As hot as it is most of the year down here, the kindness of those business owners is even more important. There must be, what, 3 months a year a dog could survive if left in one's car?
Of course, I don't expect those parks and business owners to continue their kindness if the the kind of behavior I've seen in a few instances continues. A few bad apples can ruin it for everyone, as you all know. They are messy and inconsiderate to other patrons,--I'm talking about the people, of course. You folks--and you know who you are--absolutely MUST pick up after your dogs. This is an unspoken, but fully expected rule. Yeah, I know you don't like to pick it up, but I can assure you that no one enjoyed changing your diaper when you were a baby, and they did it anyway. In one presentation I gave at a retirement community in Georgia, there was an audible groan when I brought this up. And, hey--stop pretending you didn't see it, too. We've all heard that one before. The rule is easy--it's not okay to leave your dog's poop anywhere but your own yard or garbage can. Please remember that if one non-dog owning person steps in your dog's pile of poop, repercussions ripple out to affect all of us who love to be with our dogs. Please be considerate of others and we will all be able to enjoy the company of our furry family members. Thank you to all of you who DO pick up after your canine friends.
Don't worry, I'm not a constant nag. There will be really some interesting blogs to follow. Promise!