Friday, July 13, 2012

Hops in the Wrong Direction

Sorry I've been MIA this week, but you see, this blog makes me think of dogs.  And this week, dogs make me think of Lennox.  And what happened to Lennox makes me think very uncharitable things.

I have no doubt that Lennox is just one, well-publicized example of what has happened to numerous dog families affected by breed specific legislation, and I feel so, so sad by the misperceptions and biases that are perpetuated in what I like to think of as an era of dog advocacy, an era in which we understand better than ever the special bond our species and the canine species have held for so long.

I've heard a lot of people say Lennox and the media attention his case has received may help bring awareness to the way-too-common injustice of breed specific legislation, and I guess that's the best we have to hope for at the moment.

But that poor dog should never have put in the position to have been made a martyr.

I find the issue very upsetting, and not something I can speak thoughtfully (as opposed to vitriolically) on.  But James W. Crosby is an expert, and he speaks thoughtfully where I cannot.



  1. How have I not heard of this case? (Shakes head.) I don't bury my head but I guess I just don't see everything and I should have seen this. It's so sad and I too hope something positive comes from it.

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    2. I willfully buried my head--I heard about Lennox several months ago, and I just assumed the authorities in Belfast would do the right thing under so much public scrutiny. Sad case all around.