Red Brick Center isn’t for dogs anymore |

Red Brick Center isn’t for dogs anymore

The Red Brick Center for the Arts just isn’t the same anymore.

Most of the doors are shut. Those that are open have childproof gates. The hallways are quiet. Daily routines have come to an abrupt end.

It’s a tough situation, especially for the dogs.

Dogs are no longer allowed to freely roam the Red Brick, once a haven for canines.

“It’s sad, it takes the personality out of the building,” said Cathy Fisher, who works for the Buddy Program. “We like it when the dogs come in and beg. We’re working 9 to 5 at desks, and the dogs used to bring an extra joy to the day.”

Fisher said her dog Sydney no longer gets to make her daily rounds down the hall to visit friends and beg for snacks.

Sydney, like the rest of the furballs in the Red Brick, is now under lock down, relegated to the confines of her owner’s office for the entire day.

But as tough as the new policy is, Fisher admits “some things were going on that weren’t OK.” Like the time a dog stole a piece of an art exhibit and ran out into the yard to play with it.

Poop on the floor and pee on the walls and art exhibits, dogs playing and wrestling with friends in the hallways, begging and barking also were cited in the letter as the source of “numerous concerns and complaints lodged by tenants and visitors,” according to a letter from the Red Brick’s director, Shirley Tipton.

Leashes are now required for all dogs at all times in the building, including their owners’ offices.

David McClendon, the artistic director of Theater Aspen and a dog owner, understands the policy.

“Controlling our dogs is not too much to ask,” he said. “I think it’s a small price to pay for having our dogs at work.”

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