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The Dog Project is an organization that claims to have a noble purpose: To end the necessity of putting to death many of the stray dogs in the US. The problem is that they put dogs ahead of people.

First they wanted to have the right to take out on walks the many dogs being kept at the North Hempstead Animal Shelter on Marino Ave. The problem is that it's not in their neighborhood that they will be walked (the address then given for the Dog Project was in Sand's Point), but mine. Frankly, I don't want hordes of strays roaming over my neighborhoods. I'm sure the walkers would have the best of intentions, but as they are presumably not experienced animal trainers, I don't know how many dogs would escape, terrify young children and befoul private property. Nor do I relish the thought of having previously neglected rottweilers and pit bulls being let out (and surely The Dog Project wouldn't discriminate with canine species!).

Now they have gone totally overboard: This "Dog Committee" has a new motto: "It will be like Paris in Port." They have arranged to have dogs permitted in a number of Port's restaurants. They are asking that people bring in only their "well-behaved dog." I'm sure that since everyone agrees on what that means (speaking with as much heavy sarcasm as I can manage), these dogs will sit quietly through the meal, keeping out of everyone's way. Well, many members of my family are either afraid of dogs, or simply don't like them. So these dogs' civil rights are not to put ahead of families who don't want to be in a restaurant with dogs. I may like dogs, but I don't either.

If you want to see Paris, go there. Port is very different from Paris.

Dogs may be man's best friend, but they have their place, and it's not in a public restaurant.

Daryl Rosenblatt



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