Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Dog parks in Natick's future?

Though my breed can scale fences, I'm good with staying inside this one.
Look, I'd like to roam as much as anyone. More than anyone, in fact. But given that I'd like to stay in one piece, I understand the need for fences.

Which is why I'm glad that Natick is exploring whether it might be a smart thing to create dog parks in town. My stomping grounds include the fields next to the Lilja School and the Hunnewell Woods, which serve as nformal dog parks for those dogs who actually listen to their people.  Or whose people think they listen to them.

Problem is, if I'm off-leash, I'm not listening. Let's face it: if I'm on leash, I'm not listening either. I'm a dog. I want to do what I want to do, and I work really hard at getting it.

So if it weren't past my bedtime, I would hie myself over to the Community-Senior Center on East Central Street at 7:30 p.m. Thursday for a community forum on whether dog parks would be doable, where they might be located, and how they might be paid for and managed. It's sponsored by the Open Space Advisory Committee.

Because I won't be able to participate, I hope that plenty of folks will show up. Count me in favor.