Giving dogs a chance to run with the pack |

Giving dogs a chance to run with the pack

A dog’s life is about to get better in Glenwood Springs.

Just how much better depends on the action of dog’s best friend.

As Glenwood Springs prepares to open a dog park, it will be up to humans to make it a success by supporting it financially and following the rules that will make it a safe and pleasant place.

The new park, to be located across the railroad tracks and bike path from Safeway, is a welcome addition to Glenwood.

While dogs love their human pals, they are pack animals that need to socialize with their own ilk. They also often are kept in solitary quarters for much of the day. A dog park will provide a great place for our four-legged friends to run free and romp with other dogs.

It will, that is, if dog lovers are willing to pitch in to make it work. The committee planning the park needs to raise funds for fencing, dog pooper-scooper bags, trash cans and possibly some pooch play toys. One chance for the public to support its efforts will come at a fund-raising dinner and silent auction at the Community Center on April 17.

Opening the park will be only half the battle. The trickier part may be making sure folks do their part to keep it open. That will mean cleaning up after their pets, and avoiding the park if they have aggressive dogs or ones that are in heat.

Dogs give humans comfort and protect us. We should strive to make life better for our canine companions in return. The city and a small group of dog lovers and professional dog walkers are to be commended for working together to follow a nationwide trend by giving dogs a park of their own.

As for cats demanding equal rights, if they look to dog lovers for help, they might be scratching up the wrong tree. But if they meow loud enough, maybe the city can set aside a back alley just for them …

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