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!
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