What Would Scooby Doo?
September 28 | Hmmm...No Comments Yet
No credit. That’s what humans give us when it comes to our decision making capabilities. Why do I say this? Just look at this article for the latest example.
HILLSBORO, Ore. (AP) – Reasoning that if you build it, they will go, critics asked Hillsboro officials to take a fire hydrant painted as an American flag out of a dog park.
“That gallant dog[Hondo the deceased police dog the park was created in honor of] must be turning in his grave at the thought of the flag being desecrated every time a dog pees on that hydrant!” wrote Louanne Douris, a retired U.S. Foreign Service officer.
First off, Hondo would have approved of leaving messages at the hydrant. Second, he was cremated so he isn’t turning in any grave. Third precautions were taken to insure this situation wouldn’t take place…
Parks officials had thought of that problem. So the red, white and blue hydrant was on an 18-inch base, and “dog-unfriendly” shrubs were planted around its base – juniper and prickly barberry bushes.
And finally, they placed other fire hydrants in the area that are much more popular recipients of doggie messages.
Another hydrant, painted with images of Scooby-Doo and Underdog, was placed at ground level for the convenience of the dogs.
Believe me when I tell you that these two ‘heroes’ are anything but in the canine community. Sellout is the word that comes to mind and is the main reason this firehydrant is the AT&T headquarters of the canine crowd.
Insinuating a dog is unpatriotic is like implying a cat is fun to own.
Thanks for all the support…the hydrant is being put back . And they said this blog wouldn’t make a difference! It was this blog, right?
“While hydrants are playfully associated with dogs as a ‘target,’ this hydrant was specifically designed and painted to serve as a very personal tribute to a service animal killed in the line of duty,” said Hillsboro parks spokeswoman Corinne Bloomfield.
Since the hydrant was removed earlier this week, the department got responses from dog owners and war veterans in support of the tribute, “which is clearly the intent of this hydrant and does not disrespect Hondo, the U.S. flag or K-9 officers,” Bloomfield said.
God Bless America…land that I love, stand beside her and guide her through the night with a light from a dog.