As you may have noticed, this week was a little bit of a trip down memory lane, a reminder of how things used to be back when the Scottish Terrier and Dog News published several times weekly.
After more than a year of almost no Scottie News at all, we’re thinking of making a comeback. And what you’re seeing now is the preparation along with a few little misfires, like yesterday, when the newsletter wasn’t supposed to go out, but got sent anyway, complete with the wrong subject line and all. Whoops, sorry about that. That’s what happens when you forget how to do the things you used to do daily and the dog eats the instructions manual.
While we’re on the subject of mistakes, longtime readers may remember that the Scottish Terrier and Dog News makes its world headquarters in Toronto, home of the notorious Mayor Rob Ford. Just in case any of you have been wondering if Ford has a dog, the answer is, thankfully, no. This guy has way too many problems of his own to care of a dog. And we definitely hope he does not get one as part of his current self-directed rehab campaign. NO DOG until you’ve been clean for at least a year, Mayor Ford.
Next question. Where has Rob Ford stood on dog legislation, good for dogs or bad? Not surprisingly, given his many extracurricular activities, pets have not been a major concern for Ford, but in spring 2012, the mayor did ask animal services officers to remind people to keep their dogs on a leash.
He said he has had an “overwhelming number of calls” in the last two weeks of people concerned with canines bounding through parks.
“I guess with the good weather, people are letting their dogs run loose through the park, and two kids got bit,” the Mayor told reporters on Monday.
On his Sunday radio show on Newstalk 1010, Mayor Ford told listeners he was giving them a “heads up” that they risk being ticketed a few hundred dollars if they don’t comply with the rules.
He softened his approach the following day.
“I don’t want to be heavy handed and say start fining people, but I want to make sure they’ve been warned, and that’s pretty much it,” he said.
Needless to say, leash laws aside, Mayor Ford provides endless fodder for dog park discussion.
But enough about Ford, the Scottie News will be appearing several times a week for the rest of 2013 and we have a number of surprises for you so stay tuned and keep reading.
See you soon,