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3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite what you'd expect, perhaps, August 18, 2011
This review is from: Unleashed Fury: The Political Struggle for Dog-friendly Parks (New Directions in the Human-Animal Bond) (Paperback)
This excellent* book addresses the conflict between the dog liberation front crowd and less self-indulgent citizenry at a very high level. The author uses the argument between people who dislike being bitten, etc and their tormenters to illustrate larger issues of public decision making and governance. It likely will exceed the intellectual reach of the average dog-addict. However, it may be helpful for those who would like to prepare themselves for the legal challenges necessary for re-establishing common-sense restrictions on canines and their mindless owners. We are lucky that there is no constitutional amendment guaranteeing the right to let dogs run amuck, but such may come to pass if we are not vigilant.

For more immediate concerns, one may consult:

Handling the dog bit case, by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute

or

A Lawyer's guide to dangerous dog issues, by Joan Schaffner.

*"excellent" in the sense that it demonstrates what the pro-dog crowd may think advances their cause. Not, actually, "excellent" in the sense that it makes sense in the context of a civil society.
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Initial post: Feb 25, 2012 5:52:48 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 25, 2012 5:55:25 PM PST
Matt says:
The commenter suggesting other legal books appears to be simply, "trolling"

Based on the commenter's other reviews, he/she either only reads books that are contrary to his/her own view points, or he/she has never read any of the books and is simply trolling. The more likely scenario being the latter. In my opinion, this is not a good sign of good character.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 16, 2014 2:38:26 PM PDT
"Matt" should post his/her own review, if (s)he objects to mine. It appears that (s)he doesn't like the views expressed in this review. Views at variance with one's own don't constitute "trolling".

Posted on Jul 22, 2014 9:47:10 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 23, 2014 4:28:16 PM PDT
An interesting sidelight on the issue of whether people should let their dogs run wild: I just read an amusing book:

"Go west :
ein amerikanisches Stichwörterbuch" by Ludger Luetkehaus

in which the author, writing in the Nineties, pointing out features of the USA likely to be interesting and edifying to Germans, compares Germans to Americans in their dog-related behaviors. The Germans come out worse in the comparison, allowing their curs to run off the leash, jump on passers-by, dump great piles of turds in public areas, etc etc. The Americans, he said, rarely or never did these things. Well, that was an exaggeration, even in the Nineties. But since then, American "dog-people" have continued to become more and more narcissistic, treating dogs more and more like people. Even the "dog nuisance" bit has gotten worse, and I think there may be a connection between anthropomorphism and the disregard of clean-up duties; if your spouse ran over to the side of the walk and evacuated his/her bowels, wouldn't *you* act like you hadn't noticed?

Of course, that's all aesthetic, academic, and, anyway, who cares what people who don't love dogs think, especially, what they think about dogs? Well, quite right, in your own way, but keep this in mind, cynophile peeps: if your dog bites someone, you can and, likely, will be taken to court for it. Other things you can just blow off, self-indulgent as you are, but not that.
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