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I still think that the answer to this question will be 40 times easier when a few dog people get together and make "dog village" ...


That said, the people coming here with their dog are probably thinking that they won't be here long enough to fiddle with that.  They just wanna be here with their dog.  

Since this question will come up about 40 times this year, here is my latest and greatest position:

- I don't want a dog here that will growl or bark at anybody.  Or bite.

- I don't want dog fights (in case two different people bring two different dogs)

- Jocelyn has developed a relationship with a feral cat.  I don't want that cat threatened, scared off or hurt.  And keep in mind that the cat is pretty skittish.

- I don't want a dog wandering off property.   Not into the county road, and not onto neighboring land

- I don't want to see a dog being abused in any way.  


The dog village stuff super solves a lot of this.  But while nearly everybody with a dog wants to have dog village here, they don't want to do the work.  Oh well.


Okay, all that said, there are some dogs that fit into all these boundaries without a problem.  And there are some dogs that don't.  If your dog will fit, then it will be cool!  Bring your dog.


 
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paul wheaton wrote:
- I don't want a dog wandering off property.   Not into the county road, and not onto neighboring land


FYI, and in other words, our property is not fenced in a way that will keep dogs in or keep dogs out. Neighboring dogs have wandered through our property (despite actively discouraging them, though it does seem to happen a bit less now).

If you are familiar with wheaton labs, you might know that we have one fenced paddock. This paddock is not a good place for dogs. We tried putting a dog in there once and he was so distraught at being separated in a strange place that he started trampling my garden plants, climbing and pushing on the fencing, and climbing the hugel-berms (degrading, eroding, and further trampling baby plants) to try to get out.

paul wheaton wrote:I still think that the answer to this question will be 40 times easier when a few dog people get together and make "dog village" ...



 
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Oh, some people assume dogs can be in the/any house with them, and we didn't clarify that here.

We do not allow animals of any kind in the Fisher Price House. I'm apologetic about this, and tend to (over) explain that I have 6 to 20 people who share my home with me (that I end up cleaning up after) and having animals in here, too, would be just too much for me. Plus, a LOT of people have pet allergies and we get so many different visitors that we don't want to make the FPH a problem for them.

Dogs have been in the library, and on the leather couch in there, though I REALLY don't like dogs on furniture, and I would prefer that does not happen. I don't know what it is, but when I had dogs 20-30 years ago, they learned to never get on the furniture - which seemed normal and common to me. It seems almost more common now that dogs are allowed on all the furniture.

We have allowed and probably will still allow dogs in the cabins, if the cabins aren't rented out or occupied by an instructor or other resident. Though now that I'm writing this, I am reminded that I have sheets to repair from the last dog in the red cabin who chewed the corners of the sheets and put holes in them...sigh.

 
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