OUR VIEWS: Paws off the dogs!

Aug 22, 2012

Some sparkle with hundreds of colors; others are painted as murals. Some are big. Some are small. Some are incredibly creative and fun.

Regardless of size, color or theme, they all represent a community spirit that’s unshakable. They also represent a great photo opportunity for many tourists.

Residents and artists alike have spent countless hours and an untold sum of money to decorate the ArfWalk cutouts, and display them to the enjoyment of many.

Likewise, last year’s decorated Rocket Fish are still seen throughout town today.

The fish and the dogs all lend an artsy and spirited edge to the community, and serve to welcome visitors. Beyond that, it’s just downright fun to bike, walk or drive around town to check out all of the dogs and fish.

It’s sad, then, when criminals dognap one of the creations and vandalize countless more. Body parts and decorative items have been peeled off the dogs, and many look far worse today than they did a month ago.

This is downright criminal activity, and we hope the culprits will be brought to justice soon.

Whether you love the artful creations or hate them, at least respect them. Respect your neighbors who put in the hard work to create them. Respect the artists who poured creative energy into the ArfWalk. Respect the businesses that display them.

Respect a community effort, and keep your paws off the dogs!

Our Views reflects the majority opinion of the members of the Grand Haven Tribune editorial board: Kevin Hook, Cheryl Welch, Matt DeYoung, Liz Stuck and Fred VandenBrand. What do you think? E-mail us a letter to the editor to news@grandhaventribune.com or log-in to our website and leave a comment below.
 

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sirhansalot

Great news these dog will not pee or poop downtown!!!!!!!! If only grand haven dog owners where more responsible with there family member's {dogs) and not bring them downtown with-out a doggy dipper. It would be a great event. By the way 1/3 of the world would to eat your dog because it is a food source not a recreational possession...

LessThanAmused

Good lord man, give it a rest. We get it, you don't like dogs. I'd imagine there's a lot of dogs out there that don't think much of you either!
Instead of being a complete nitwit maybe you should think about spending some of your free time doing something constructive. It's obvious you didn't get too far past the 6th grade based on your incoherent rantings here. Maybe you could spend some of that free time you're devoting to dog hate towards going to adult (assuming you are an adult, hard to tell by your posts) education classes and see about finally getting that GED. I'd suggest a class or two in basic English, or maybe just a lesson or two in proofreading to start.
Good luck!

sirhansalot

I love dogs i hate bad dog owners. I have a dog who stays at home in the yard.

LessThanAmused

And I betcha he's not any more socialized than you are!

sirhansalot

"And I betcha" great English well writing fool

LessThanAmused

I was trying to communicate with you on your level. Sorry, guess I can't get all the way down to Troll level. See ya on the boardwalk tomorrow morning for the ad shoot.

sirhansalot

I love dogs i hate bad dog owners. I have a dog who stays at home in the yard.

LessThanAmused

Double post by technologically challenged person.

sirhansalot

My free time sir is walking on the boardwalk and having to walk around dog waste everyday. The fact of the matter is you are wrong i made to at least the 8th grade.My education has nothing to do with irresponsible dog owners in grand haven allow there dogs to use the city as there place to pee and poop. If you are a responsible pet owner you would leave your dog at home, if you can not do that for whatever reason then stay at home with your pet, plain and simple you took responsibility for having a dog now deal with it.Just because a person decides to have a pet does not mean the rest of the people around you have to deal with. Keep your dog at home where it belongs.

xoxo

If our dogs belonged at home then there would be some sort of law saying so. Obviously, noone besides you has an issue here, because everyone else loves the dogs around town, or at least most people do. And the people who don't care for them know better than to rant untill the sound completley stupid, they just ignore them. I have lived in this town for 21 years, have spent many, MANY summers downtown on the boardwalk, and I have NEVER seen anyone bring a dog down there and NOT clean up after it. It would be just completley stupid, with the amount of cameras and people watching. Maybe in a park or somewhere with less people, but I have never come across dog waste on the boardwalk. I think you have become a bit delusional in your hatred, sir.

sirhansalot

Hey smarty paints i can tell you are losing the battle........"noone besides you has an issue here, because everyone else loves the dogs around town, or at least most people do" well noone is not a word and you are turning a blind eye when it comes to dog waste and the board walk. Just take 30 minutes and sit and watch as dog after dog stops sniffs and pees and any object with-in walking distant of its lease. Keep your family member at home with you, the rest of the world will be a healthier happier place.Are you still going to represent the dog world with having your dog come to town just to pee?

xoxo

"If you can't win the battle, correct their grammer. If you can't correct that, correct their spelling." I could correct a LOT of what you type, but I know I am winning this so there is no reason to. :) Unless you are stupid enough to sit in dog pee right after they go, the rain usually washes away any pee. And like I said previously, all of the wild animals pee wherever they wish and you sit in it all the time, and there really is no difference. But your being biased and sounding completley idiotic is quite amusing, please continue. :)

sirhansalot

you are out of your mind. when is the last time you saw a deer walking down Washington ave and stopping to pee on every light pole, bench, ect.. You and i can not control a wild animal and prevent it from going to the bathroom in grand haven. What you should do is keep your dog at home. I already know not to touch or sit anywhere near a light pole ,bench, tree ,etc... because they will all have dog urine on them. The rain run off in the downtown area is directly into our river then to our beach so remember the next time they close the beach due to e-coil, your dogs are part of the issue.

xoxo

I don't know why you would be sitting on a tree or light pole anyway, when there are perfectly good benches to sit in. Silly guy.

sirhansalot

Your are dumber then me " proofreading '' HA HA you are a loser

LessThanAmused

Actually it's "you're" as in "you are", but I get your point...you don't care how ignorant or foolish you look to the general public, congrats on your success!

If attempting to use correct spelling and grammar makes me a loser then I guess I'm guilty as charged and I'm OK with that tag.

sirhansalot

see about finally getting that GED. I'd suggest a class or two in basic English, or maybe just a lesson or two in proofreading to start. Good luck! give up fool you are a foolish man/woman

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sirhansalot

fool

sirhansalot

Maybe you could spend some of that free time you're devoting to dog hate towards going to adult (assuming you are an adult, hard to tell by your posts) education classes and see about finally getting that GED. good luck

jackassery

at least the wooden dogs don't bite,pee,and poop everywhere...

Katie

I am amazed at the level of ignorance that I read through when I get on here. It actually makes my day. How in the world this all turned into a fight about dog pee and poop downtown and how dogs should be left inside....wow, you guys crack me up! But, let's roll with it.

People are WAY more disgusting than dogs. Have you watched a smoker? They throw their disgusting butts on the ground as if someone else is going to clean up after them. Smoke can actually damage a non-smoker's lungs. The new non-smoking laws inside restaurants have deterred no one from smoking...now we just get to deal with a disgusting group of smokers outside every public place and walk through their filthy air so we can get inside. Have you watched people spit on the ground? Or throw their trash on the ground? People act worse on their best day than animals do on their worst.

BTW- why in the world would someone want to sit on the ground when their are benches? And, if you are a guilty party that lets your dog poop and you don't pick it up, stop it! It's embarassing and disgusting to have to pick up dog poop in a busy area...but do it, the dog can't and no one else should have to. Nasty!

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