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Dogs’ world keeps shrinking with bannings from events

George Knode Bowyer, dog, Villas at Swan's Nest (also the home of Margaret Knode and John Bowyer)

Let me introduce myself. My name is George and I am a 15-year-old miniature schnauzer. My humans and I retired to Summit County three years ago following their lifelong dream to live in God’s country.

I, too, enjoyed a life of quiet tranquility and a social life second to none here in the High Country. My life was a circle of classical music concerts and heavenly bluegrass whilst sitting on the grass with my humans enjoying the scenery.

Summit County was a social whirl for us canines, Copper concerts, barbecues, the Dillon Amphitheatre, Frisco frolics at the Historic Park, Keystone River Run entertainment and warm breezes in beautiful Breckenridge.

Retirement was everything we wanted it to be, and I and my humans spent many enjoyable moments together.

Alas, in May, I was not feeling quite myself and was falling over a lot, so my humans took me to the kindly vet in Frisco.

He broke the news to them that I had, in fact, an inoperable brain tumor and that my time was limited. They were told to spend as much quality time as possible with me and to enjoy what little time I had left. What sadness.

But we still had the summer to enjoy and all those concerts. Not to be. No, my condition didn’t get worse, but all canines’ condition worsened.

Overnight, we have become canines non-gratis – banned from nearly every family outdoor activity and festival.

Now, instead of being part of the family, I am left in the back of a car or left alone at home. No more socializing with other dogs, saying hello to young children or enjoying the quiet, knowing stroke of an elder’s hand. We were banned.

Why have we been ostracized? Is it because we are unruly, or our humans didn’t pick up after us? Were some of us badly tempered or grumpy?

Whatever the situation, why were all of us banned from these family activities? If there were a few who were unruly, why weren’t they addressed and dealt with?

We canines bring a lot of joy and happiness to our families but also extend warmth and friendship to all other humans and that is why we have always been considered Man’s Best Friend.

I hope that we get reinstated to our previous status; or that of just enjoying this time on earth with our loved ones.

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