Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Pinchona non Grata

This campground info page for a place in NC came through my inbox this morning:
Leashed pets are welcome, excluding the following breeds: Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, Dobermans, Pinchers, Greyhounds, Husky, and German Shepherds.
Apparently Greyhounds and these other breeds (and non-breeds) pose such a menacing threat to campground society even on leash that they simply can not be allowed into the place. The website doesn't say but I'm wondering if they allow guns and alcohol.

Here's what I'm thinking: The campground doesn't really mean to single out and ban specific kinds of dogs. What they actually intend to do is keep irresponsible people from creating a nuisance or dangerous situation for others. Lacking the legal A-OK from their attorney to put up a "Everyone Gotta Act Right" sign, they are instead falling into the breed profiling trap.

The people who run this campground obviously know little about dogs and probably are incapable of identifying the targeted breeds (real and make believe) anyway. They just don't want bad owners of any breed behaving irresponsibly and making trouble. I can understand that. But the policy banning specific breeds isn't going to accomplish that. Nor will it prevent irresponsible people from behaving badly with say, guns or alcohol - a far more realistic threat to my mind than a family pet on a camping trip. Responsible people know how to handle their dogs, guns and alcohol. The breed ban policy is ignorant and needs to be eliminated.

4 comments:

Katie said...

Gotta watch out for those vicious Greyhounds. Oy.

But yes, I agree with you. I also wonder how much is insurance policy induced.

Our Pack said...

As said above,I agree that this is possibly a requirement through their insurance. There are many insurance companies with breed exclusions and the people may not care what breeds are there but just can't get the insurance.

Why didn't they ban the guns and booze if they're so worried? I suppose the insurance company covers people getting shot while drinking?

Yep, those googly eyed Greyhounds will gitcha every time!

Rinalia said...

Damn those Pinchers! They might sneak up on you in the middle of the night and squeeze your cheek like good 'ol Aunt Myrtle.

smartdogs said...

Yes. We prefer to get our dogs drunk *after* we let them use our guns.

But then they're not vicious, killer greyhounds [shudder]