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An off-leash dog bounding up to a young child — a dog that may be the same size, or bigger than the child — could really frighten them. Even a friendly dog "that doesn't usually do that," suddenly jumping up on them, possibly knocking them over, taking food from their hand, or licking them in the face (however affectionately meant), may cause a child to be afraid of dogs ever after. Unfriendly dogs off-leash, who may bark, bite or show aggression, will almost certainly scare a child, and adults too.
In Whistler, I have seen all these kinds of behavior from dogs off their leash illegally, and I don't blame the dogs: it's in their nature. I have also seen all kinds of behavior from their owners, a surprising amount of which has been rather unpleasant, argumentative, unnecessarily defensive and plain rude.
I am making a plea to all dog owners in Whistler to adhere to bylaws and common sense, and leash up; to think about the consequences of your dog's behavior (yes, YOUR dog's behavior — even your dog who "doesn't usually do that"). Please help us all to learn to love dogs and share our environment with them even more.
Foodworx Fundraiser a success
On behalf of Whistler Community Services Society (WCSS) Food Bank program I would like to thank our volunteers, sponsors and partners of our business challenge for their support with our recent Foodworx Fundraiser from August 11-18. This fundraiser was developed four years ago with the hope of generating awareness about the food bank program and raising some much needed non-perishable food items during the summer months.
Over 50 per cent of our current users of the food bank are families with small children and these donations are greatly appreciated and assist in feeding community members in need.
The 2012 Foodworx Fundraiser raised $3,825 and 995 pounds in food. This could not have been possible without the assistance of the following volunteers: Morgan Beatty, Martha Heintzman, Freda Cook, Sui Young, Lindsay Roach, Melanie Thorsen, Grace Blok, Sarah Morden, Tricia Mitchell, Miranda Pawlett, Taylor Mitchell, Jessica Averiss, Sarah Colpitts, Brad Monteith, Josh Anderson, Kaija Lewis-Belle and Aspen Lewis-Belle.
A big thank you to all the businesses who participated in our Foodworx Business Challenge: 2012 Winner Fairmont Chateau Whistler, Delta Village Suites, Four Seasons, Whistler Public Library, Remax, and Whistler Real Estate
This event would also not have been possible without our sponsors: Crankworx Whistler, Red Bull, Teva, Ziptrek Ecotours, Sushi Village, Twisted By Choice Jewelry, Garbanzo Bike and Bean and Dups Burrito.