I spotted this sign at the Capital City Public Market last Saturday. As you can see (I hope), it asks that - due to health and safety concerns - people ought to "please refrain from bringing your dog(s) to the Market."
Okay. I really have to wonder how this is going to go over with Boise's doting dog "parents," who may not see the request at all. (The signs are posted well below eye level, except - perhaps - for dogs' eyes.) As anyone who frequents the market knows, the place is positively overrun with pooches, most strolling in their finest bandannas, some tucked into their owners' arms, Paris Hilton style. The market is a major social event for them and for their owners. Frankly, the dogs do add to the growing congestion at the super-popular market. But Boise is nothing if not a dog-loving town, and this edict can't be welcome among the many dog fanciers who meet downtown each Saturday morning.
I may have a solution. Why not turn the cursed lot at 8th and Idaho into a nice big (fenced-in!) dog park? That way, dogs could run free with humans watching guard and market visitors would be free to shop in a canine-free environment. Win win. Woof woof!
What do you think of the market's dog ban? And do you think it will actually work?