• July 26, 2023

    Pet-Friendly Colorado

    July 26, 2023
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    City of Appleton, WI Farmers Market

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    As residents of Colorado, we live in a state where we enjoy the outdoors from the Rocky Mountains to the eastern plains. We are fortunate to live where we can get outside, as individuals and families, and enjoy what our great state has to offer. Of course, our pets are also part of our family. While there are certainly plenty of Colorado pet restrictions you can read about (https://www.animallaw.info/statutes/us/colorado), our state is generally pet-friendly within reason with taking our pets along with us. But even with restrictions, not everywhere is pet friendly.

    Recently, we left Colorado for a visit to Appleton, WI. On one morning, we decided to visit the local Appleton, WI Farmer's Market. Since we were used to bringing our pet to many places in Colorado, we assumed going to a farmer's market with our pet on a leash would be no problem. Check out the sign above. We were met with Appleton Environmental Health Rule and City Ordinance with a possible fine of $181 if we brought our pet into the Farmer's Market. While this Farmer's Market was spread out over many blocks on a city street, our pet was not welcome. In fact walking our leashed pet right behind each Farmer's Market booth on the city sidewalk was approved, but not in front of each booth area. Then, we stopped by a pet store and the owner said, "pets are allowed on the sidewalk in the city and sidewalks next to city parks but prohibited inside each city park". Say that again, you can take your pet on the sidewalk but not enter the park with your pet? Yes, that's correct. Local citizens are working to amend their city ordinance provisions.

    Check out your local pet restrictions in your Colorado city. As families, lets get outside with our pets and enjoy all Colorado has to offer. Your family and your pet will thank you!

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    Jim Zietlow

    Colonel Jim Zietlow, USAF retired, is a US Air Force Academy graduate, served as a T-38 and T-41 Instructor Pilot and worldwide as a C-5 Instructor Pilot and Flight Examiner. He served as a C-5/C-17 Program Manager at the Pentagon followed by a special assignment to the Secretary of the Air Force, Office of US Congressional Legislative Liaison, Weapon Systems Division during the 9/11/2001 era. Following 9/11, Jim transferred to HQ NORAD USNORTHCOM in their Homeland Defense and Civil Support missions serving as a Program Manager, Military Plans Branch Chief culminating his military career as HQ NORAD USNORTHCOM Command Center Director. The views presented are those of the author and do not represent the views of the U.S. Government, Department of Defense, or its components.
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    Yeah, but... Dogs in grocery stores and hospitals is just plain unsanitary and gross. There has to be a limit somewhere. At the Thornton Fest, and other yearly festivals, where pets are accepted, we're seeing dudes walking with darn scary as all can be giant neck blockhead pit bulls with spiked leashes. Right there next to little toddler kids barely walking around. It's only a matter of time. Still in support of the pit bull ban nationwide for all high to mid density residential areas and all public events. The problem with pet prohibitions is not prescribing specifics, such as the size, weight, and breed. Nobody cares about a chihuahua, although annoying, but leave the dobermens, the labradoodles, the pit bulls, german shepherds, or any other sizeable dog whom could maul a child, at home.

    People whom are responsible stewards of dogs often have a difficult time reconciling how poorly trained animals may not be even worthy of saving. And one can never tell if any given k9 is trained by way of love and family bond respects, or by use of force and power. Because once the hierarchy is disrupted through distraction or an unexpected event, that's when the animals can snap in an instant and go full psycho. Some will protect, while others will turn instant predator and will engage in indiscriminate behavior. Why do border collies get so angry at lawn mowers?

    We have long since elected to go for birds instead of cats, and protecting wild critters over dogs. Mainly because there is a better balance of nature, entirely fewer costs and responsibilities and such. We don't have to take every bit of nature home with us and unless you're in truly wild country, the benefits of having 'pets' is a purely self based emotion. If I was a consumer walking down that block, I'd definitely elect to buy food from the vendor whom did not have a dog right there in the cooking area. And even if the booth next to them had a big dog, fuzzies and fur, droplets, drool and dander floating in the wind, we may even be inclined to just pass them all by.

    Did you know that residential house cats are responsible for over one billion wild migratory birds disappearing every single year, year after year, in just the USA alone? Yes it's true. Wherever people have cats, legal or not, they decimate the wild bird populations. Be kind and buy a bird house instead of a cat. Plant a garden instead of always scooping the poop. Get a yankee whirler and watch the squirrels get nutty. If you find yourself in a situation where you literally are touching hot steamy dog terds with the only thing between your hand and the terd is a little pooper bag, it may be time to reconsider whom is the master and whom is the pet. I'm just razzing you Jim, lol. Pets... Going to pass.


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