Letters to the Editor

Canine concern

April 13, 2010


To the editor:

A ban on dog owners bringing their pets to the Lawrence Farmers’ Market was recently proposed. However, because “there was a real significant voice from the community that they want to have the option of bringing their dogs to the market,” the proposal was backed away from.

I don’t think the farmers’ market organization or pet owners have considered everything in this decision. Incidents have happened in this past year where patrons to the farmers’ market have tripped over dog leashes attached to the dogs and owners. It is usually because the owners are not paying attention because they are talking to vendors or to their friends who sometimes also have dogs.

A lot of attendees are elderly who can’t walk very well or can’t see those leashes. Who is responsible for injuries or damages if someone does fall because of this or from being bitten by a dog on a leash?

Maybe a new enclosed dog park in the city where they could all meet would be a much safer option.


parrothead8 8 years, 1 month ago

I love my dog, but I agree with the LTE. There's no good reason to bring your dog shopping to a Farmer's Market.

LadyJ 8 years, 1 month ago

Doggie strollers would solve the problem. If you have a kid, get a double stroller and use the second seat for the dog.

kernal 8 years, 1 month ago

Oh, good! Double strollers at the Farmers Market. Friggen brilliant!

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years, 1 month ago

"On one side you have people who love their companions,

On the other side you have people who love nothing."

I love my 1000-watt boom box, but I don't feel the need to take it shopping with me.

50YearResident 8 years, 1 month ago

Now that the farmers market has given approval to bring dogs the liability will be theirs. They will no longer be able to say "dogs were not allowed" when accidents happen. Lawsuits will follow and dog owners will be included in the suits.

Danny Novo 8 years, 1 month ago

Not to go off on a tangent, but I would love an actual, enclosed dog park. Is it too much to ask for a fence?

lawrencenerd 8 years, 1 month ago

I have a hard time believing that somebody is so blind that they can't see a dog and trip over it's leash are any less likely to trip over anything else, say a toddler walking around. Maybe we should ban toddlers. What if a toddler bites somebody? Who is gonna pay for that?

SLOPOKE 8 years, 1 month ago

This is crazy... If a person is so blind they they can't see well enough,or can't walk the distance of the parking lot, they should'nt be there without some kind of asst. Sounds more like a animal lovers versies (not sure of spelling) non animal, lovers..... If you go buy veggie stand on the road some place I would bet there might be more than one dog, and perhaps other animal's......Hence FARMER"S MARKET..Let it be what it is........

50YearResident 8 years, 1 month ago

^^^ A dog owner's answer. It's the victims fault!

SLOPOKE 8 years, 1 month ago

Maybe the unhappy people, should shop at Dillon's

SLOPOKE 8 years, 1 month ago

50 yr. res. seems so upset over this issue. The Farmer's market is a fun thing to do & healthy for some.:-)

lawrencenerd 8 years, 1 month ago


Yes, you can trip over an animal. I think that is pretty obvious. Did you look at the overall reported fall injuries though? The number of fall related injuries in people over 65 is about 1000 times as many injuries reported that involved tripping over an animal. Do you think we should stop allowing people over 65 to stand or walk to prevent people from falling? God forbid they hurt themselves wandering around like reckless youths!

One lady gets into a freak accident involving dog leashes. How many times does this happen per year? How many car accidents happen per year? Since so many car accidents happen maybe we should outlaw cars to prevent injury. Certainly they seem far more fatal than dog leashes. Hell, why don't we outlaw anything that has killed anybody ever. Like water. I hear people could drown in that. Probably shouldn't allow water at the farmers market either. Some hapless blind old woman recklessly walking around might trip over a stray cat and drown in a puddle. Can't have that.

lily 8 years, 1 month ago

Took my dog once, never again. I kept mine on a very short leash, others did not. Mine loves everybody and thinks everybody loves him but the 2 dogs that came up to him snapped at him. Yes, they approached because we were standing still. Those owners should have kept theirs at home if not sociable. That's what all this comes down to, some common sense and courtesy. I love dogs and would like to see them at the market. I would actually rather see them than their rude, inconsiderate owners. So, it all boils down to what happens happens because as we all know, there is not much sense and courtesy floating around. My apologies to those of you who do have it.

thelonious 8 years, 1 month ago

You can trip over a stroller wheel or your own feet as well. Perhaps they should ban shoelaces at the farmers market.

Dogs are allowed as long as they are on a leash and properly controlled by their owners. Dude, get over it.

matthewjherbert 8 years, 1 month ago

dogs (much like babies) are not inherently obnoxious. Rather, dogs (much like babies) become obnoxious due to the habits of their "owners". No, it's not cute when your dog and its muddy paws just up on me. And yes, no matter how much we dress up the farmer's market to be some sort of community festival, at the heart of the matter it's a commercial setting. No one would find your dog's pile of crap in the middle of the cereal aisle at Hy-Vee appropriate, and accordingly we ought to be void of those odor lingering treasures at the farmer's market too. If you're desperate to take your dog shopping, try PetCo and PetWorld. If you want to buy fruits and vegetables, try kennel training your pet.

lawrencenerd 8 years, 1 month ago

If you're desperate to have a sterile environment to buy things in, perhaps you shouldn't be buying things in a parking lot where drunks urinate regularly and all manner of animals and other things pass through when the farmers market isn't there. I'm sure the filth people leave behind is far worse than a dog walking through, and nobody intends to keep the parking lot pristine. That would mean stopping our precious college students from behaving like reckless drunks and we would no longer have a "party school" and they'd take their money to some other college where they can get away with trashing the town more freely.

jbiegs 8 years, 1 month ago

Topeka has a very nice dog park! They have seperate areas for small dogs and large dogs.

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