For the past few weeks, all I've seen on facebook is friends encouraging everyone to vote for a dog park in Wheeling. We NEED this dog park so bad. You MUST go to the link a click it repeatedly. Now THAT is some forward thinking activism!
I guess there's a $100,000 on the line, so that should be sufficient to build the requisite fences and mow a few trails. Other than buying a few industrial trash cans for the impending loads of dog shit, I don't see why this would cost so much. Most of the cost would just be upkeep from the city.
So if we get enough people to click on the petsafe.com "bark for your park" contest, perhaps the day will come when Wheeling has its very own dog park. Personally, I think if you give the city administrators a hundred grand, they'll likely find a way to waste it on refurbishing the parking meters in Center Wheeling.
Just an aside, I've always been a proponent of bringing back old-school dog names. Names like "Tippy" and "Fido." I don't like it when people give their dogs human names (Alex, Cynthia, etc.). Or even worse, the hippie or band names (Sunshine, Elvis, Jim Morrison, etc.).
When I think of heroic dog names, my thoughts harken back to the early 80's.
That's right. The Moondogs! Rex and Spot Moondog were tag team champions on many of the regional circuits. These were some honorable dogs. They were even memorialized in doll-form... and rightly so. They were as rich in WWF tradition as they were in WCW.
So here's the current rankings in the never-ending quest for the ultimate dog park contest.
|0||1||Mountain House, CA||45147||Visit Page|
|0||2||Texarkana, TX||37408||Visit Page|
|0||3||Wheeling, WV||31259||Visit Page|
|0||4||Oxford, AL||24962||Visit Page|
|0||5||Conway, AR||23834||Visit Page|
|0||6||Pontiac, IL||18906||Visit Page|
|0||7||Auburn, NY||17608||Visit Page|
|0||8||Brighton, TN||15035||Visit Page|
|0||9||New Braunfels, TX||12811||Visit Page|
|1||0||Safford, AZ||12351||Visit Page|
|1||1||West Columbia, SC||9209||Visit Page|
|1||2||Mason City, IA||7573||Visit Page|
|1||3||East Hartford, CT||6186||Visit Page|
|1||4||Silver Cliff, CO||5936||Visit Page|
|1||5||Corpus Christi, TX||4693|
Hot damn! Wheeling is on the cusp of second place. Maybe they'll win (I doubt it).
Anyway, here's a solution if we fail to get the votes. I call it the "decentralized, resilient Wheeling Dog Park." Assuming we lose out, don't just throw away all this prior internet/facebook participation. Let's get an administrator to follow through with a "revolving" dog park. Compile a list of dog owners and set up one of those snazzy facebook groups - I'd call it either "Wheeling has Gone to the Dogs" or "My Dogs are Barkin." The latter being a reference to the Jewish moccasins I wear as a substitute for golf shoes. They currently stink.
Every month it would be some new location around town. All that's really required is an open space and a trash can or dumpster for the aforementioned dog shit. How about the Wheeling Jesuit University soccer field? How about the Oglebay Formal Gardens? How about that community park in Bethlehem? How about the parking lot behind Super Buffet? They just caution-taped off the parking lot and altered the sign - renamed it AC Buffet. Looks like some big changes are on the horizon for that dining establishment. Does AC really stand for air-conditioned? Seriously, what else could it mean? Atlantic City??? When asked where I ate lunch, I kinda like the idea of saying, "Listen asshole, we went to the air conditioned buffet."
Reminds me of a facebook complaint regarding the recent Kenny Chesney concert at Heinz Field. Fans were disgusted with the amount of post-concert trash left behind.
This one person commented how "she saw a young woman throw an entire bowl of potato salad at a moving vehicle for no apparent reason." To which I replied, "Not to play devil's advocate... but I kinda like it when a young woman throws an entire bowl of potato salad at a moving vehicle for no apparent reason."
So that's that. You just send out the update on where it will be every month, and bada bing bada boom... there's a storming of the mutts. The best part is that it's always changing. Makes things way more interesting if you ask me. And I think the dogs would agree. Dogs are like people. Even though it's the best and cheapest option, you don't always want to play the Crispin front 9.
One final thought, my least favorite canine-inspired wrestler was a dullard... Junkyard Dog. His routine was seriously lackluster.
Oh, look. He's on all-fours, barking at the crowd. Now he's tossing Purina milk bones to the crowd. If you want my opinion, he was a lame-ass, chintzy prop wrestler. I prefer the exhilarating tenacity of Jim Adler, a Texas-based Junkyard Dog ambulance chasing, insurance collaborator.