I first wrote about this private dog park in late April - at that time there hadn't been full disclosure about the terms of membership of the dog park - in that the park is practicing bsl - any dog that has the appearance in any way of a dog who might resemble a pit bull type dog is not allowed to have a membership in this park.
A greyhound who passes their assessment, but who in fact has a high prey drive when it comes to small white dogs - is totally welcome at that park - but any dog who has short hair, a wide forehead, and a goofy grin - is barred.
It's my belief that all dogs are individuals and should be treated as such - just because you look a certain way - it should have no bearing whatsoever on what your temperament is, how you act, or how you should be treated.
I bet you twenty dollars that you can't tell which is which - all 3 of them look adorable. They are proof you cannot judge a dog by how they look - and you cannot judge a dog by their breed. Period. And within those breeds - every dog is an individual - just like humans are individuals.
That's why this dog park is a big deal because it is being discriminatory to certain breeds - it is disrespectful to all breeds by judging certain breeds.
Hate starts somewhere - and it's starting here.
I know that my little hissy fit isn't going to change anything - I just feel the need to make it. A line has been crossed and I don't want it to go any further.
I made a point on someone's timeline that I wondered if I'd be making such a big deal if someone opened up a dog park for small breeds only - and I think I would be okay with that - as long as they let all breeds of small dogs in there - because you will find some bully breeds that are quite small - like staffordshire bull terriers.
So you can apply to get into this dog park - but know what you are signing up for - it's a big picture - and it includes the extermination of a lot of goofy grins.
Animal Farm Foundation has written a fabulous post on just this topic - it's a must read - it's called "Unique and Uniform: The #1 Myth that Fuels Canine Discrimination" - I hope you go read it.