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My Puppy

I have always have a thing about following rules. It always makes me nervous when I don’t. When we we got a puppy a few months ago, I thought it was going to be great bring her to the dog park. Then I saw that you needed a Mpls Dog License and also an unleashed permit to be able to bring the dog into the dog park. That will be setting me back about $85 ($50 for the license and $35 for the off leash permit) for the year and then I have to renew it next year.

I tried to wait until I had all those necessary items to go to the dog park, but with our breed of dog being a herder and a working dog she need to run not walk to the dog park. So I started going before I could even get my license due to the fact I had to wait until she was 4 months so she could get a rabies shot. My puppy loves it, she plays with other puppies and dogs and she gets to run around like crazy.

In some ways I can see the safety issues, and the expenses the city has for the parks, but then again it seems like a chore and expense to get the necessary license for the dog park. Maybe they should just add $10 to the license and make unleash permit a thing of the past.

Hopefully the City won’t track me down through this blog, for admitting my crime. I haven’t seen any Animal Control officers checking credentials at the dog park, but I have heard some stories and rumors. My dog will be legal soon, and then I can grumble about the dog owners who tell stories about never buying the license and always getting away with it.

5 Comments so far

  1. yoshi on May 28th, 2008 @ 9:53 am

    I think for a young pup you get a pass. No one is going to bust you for that. Once your dog becomes of age you will have to be aware of the dog park SS squad (people with too little time on their hands with an authority complex who feels its there job to enforce idiotic rules) that may give you a hard time. But most people are nice and easy going.

    Personally I can be talked into a dog license now that my dogs don’t have to wear them but I can’t be talked into an extra fee for the off-leash parks. It should be included in the pet tax. I live close to Edina and there are a number of informal groups at parks there that I bring my dogs too for good romping time.

  2. Erica M (ericam) on May 28th, 2008 @ 6:13 pm

    That puppy is too cute.

  3. David (jacc) on May 29th, 2008 @ 12:36 pm

    I, for one, embrace the idea of your lawless puppy. Anyone that thinks puppies aren’t little anarchists by nature has never had a puppy.

  4. aliecat on May 29th, 2008 @ 8:17 pm

    If I caught you sans permit, I would punish that puppy with corporal snuggling.

  5. tipper on June 1st, 2008 @ 10:50 pm

    Go to the airport dog park and avoid paying anything whatsoever. It’s airport property, so there’s no need for any permits.

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