Updated: July 17, 2012 11:42AM
Q. I know my dog Garfunkle can be a little crazy at times, but I hope that’s not the reason he was disinvited from our neighbors’ annual summer cookout. This year the invitation says: “Hot dogs only. Please leave your pets at home.” I hope it wasn’t Garfy knocking over the bowl of fusilli salad at last year’s picnic. Would I be impolite if I asked the hosts what prompted the new policy?
A. Yes, such a query would be rude and unwelcome. If Dog Lady attended a picnic where Garfunkle knocked over a bowl of cold noodles, she would give him the cold shoulder. Dogs do not belong at summer picnics where other picnickers might be put out by tails tipping over salads, slobbery mouths and pleading eyes begging for dropped morsels. You were invited to a picnic — have fun, eat well, and be happy you have a dog to welcome you back home.
Q. I wrote you previously after I had fallen for a Dominican street dog that I call Linda. When I was there in March, I took her to a veterinarian and had her vaccinated. I wanted to bring her back to the U.S. but the airlines will not transport a dog when the temperature is above 85 degrees in the cargo hold. The solution I have come up with is to be her “sponsor.” I made friends with the manager of the apartment building where Linda hangs out, and I hired him to feed and care for her. I don’t believe I have made a difference with the overall needs of the dogs in the area, but at least one dog has a better life.
A. Dog Lady received a lot of response after your initial query so it’s good to know how this situation resolved. When you return to see your woofer ward, take her back to the vet for spaying. Also, in the small area where Linda hangs out, you can advocate for spaying and neutering of dogs. This will be a significant step to raise consciousness about the overwhelming challenge of strays.