Well, I live in Ontario, so it's no surprise that I'm more aware of what is happening in the news here than in other provinces or states. Sorry. If there is a news story you know about that I should post, please feel free to let me know.
Recently there have been dog poisonings and dog owners are told to be on the lookout. I can't even begin to tell you all what I think of the people who leave the poison in parks. Asshat doesn't cover it.
March 24, 2009 ~ (Port Perry)
3 dogs sickened by poisoned cupcakes left in park in Ont. town
Tainted baked goods poison Ontario dogs
March 27, 2009 ~ (Whitby)
Dog poisoned in Whitby park
March 31, 2009 ~ (Oakville)
Oakville parks reopen after poison scare
Ok, so the last one wasn't really poison. It actually was flour that some group had put down on the ground to mark out a running path. It did make a dog sick though.
And the first one - well, apparantly police are actually thinking the cupcakes were left for children and not dogs. Doesn't that make you shudder? One news anchor asked the question why would someone go to all the trouble to make cupcakes for dogs? Dogs don't care what it looks like - so long as it tastes good.
I have a few questions ... they may seem basic, but I have to ask ...
Why are the dogs allowed to eat these things? What in the world is the owner doing when their dog is eating these piles of flour or poisoned cupcakes?? Cloudwatching? Lollygagging? Singing and dancing? Tra-la-la-la-la?
From what I can tell, these dogs did NOT eat said poisons while in a dog park. It just says park. Is the dog not properly contained on a leash if it is not a dog park? If it is on a leash, why are you allowing the dogs to eat anything when it is on leash??
One of the most important things I teach a dog is that they are not allowed to eat anything when they are on a leash. That has saved many a pizza crust in the park. Perhaps other dog owners might want to "take up the torch" to teach this behaviour to their dogs?
I'm probably asking too much - many owners can't even bother with basic obedience.