Opinion

Canine a catalyst for walks

Re: Delta dog leash bylaw.

I read the letter from Mr. Greg J. Edwards and his take on the current situation. His comments were severe enough that someone has to reply on behalf of the many animal-lovers in the Delta area.

I am an old-age pensioner with serious heart disease. I am instructed by my cardiologist to walk at least a mile every day. Very few people, no matter how important a walk is, have the will to walk every day. When you have a young dog which has boundless energy and loves to run, you have no choice but to get out every day and enjoy nature.

Just seeing the enjoyment that a loving dog has when running up and down the path is enough to make a person’s day, especially old-timers like myself. If the dog were on a leash, it would be constantly tugging on the leash, which is not pleasurable for the dog or the owner.

If Mr. Edwards would take the opportunity to take a walk in the bog, he would see hundreds of people over a normal day, walking with their dogs and socializing with each other.

For many senior citizens, the daily walk in the bog is the focal point of their day. It is sad to see that some of them are now afraid to go for their walk anymore because they can’t afford to pay a heavy fine.

I have lived in Delta for close to 40 years and have done my fair share of volunteer work for the community. I would hope that in my waning years the community is not going to push me aside and tell me to stay home. One of my pleasures has always been my treks through the bog and watershed areas with my dog(s).

If I am forced to live in a society where I have to keep my dog on a leash at all times, then I won’t want to live here anymore.

If I am ticketed and fined, and it appears inevitable that I will be, I believe that I would go to jail before I pay a penny to a mean-spirited municipality that turns its back on its residents.

I suspect that I will have plenty of company there.

Wayne Todd

Delta

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