|Re: Pet Policy Request for Help||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Rik Ahlberg (rikaie.com)|
|Date: Mon, 14 Oct 1996 22:42:26 -0500|
>Dear Corrine, > We of the First Resident Group of EcoVillage at Ithaca, who are >having the first four of 30 households move in this coming week, are in >the midst of working out our own pet agreements---and are finding a lot of >emotional stuff coming up, also. <the rest of Monty's note snipped> Egad! You mean people get this far along before discussing the issue of pets? I suppose to some pets are a superfluous detail, but people like me and my partner have pets who are important parts of their lives (we are in fact planning to adopt a second greyhound when we buy our new home, whether cohousing or not). I'm interested in what kinds of agreements you're finding need to be worked out. Is it disagreement on general principles such as "leash and clean up after your dog"? Or are people expressing vague prejudices against pets due to prior experiences with ill-mannered animals? My instinct is to give the pets and their owners the benefit of the doubt and only restrict those who, in the course of living in the community, cause trouble. This will benefit folks with well-behaved pets by decreasing arbitrary restrictions against the entire class of "dogs" or "cats" or "iguanas" and keep it obvious who the offendors are. If Mr. Smith's dog is chewing up your rose bush, you need to talk to Mr. Smith, not restrict all pets. Thanks for bringing this up on the list -- I think I will start bringing Blaze (http://www.aie.com/blaze) to meetings early on to make it clear that she is part of my family and not a negotiable afterthought. Cheers, Rik Ahlberg who lives in Jamaica Plain, MA and is just getting involved with the JP Cohousing Network (http://world.std.com/~dqs) Rik Ahlberg rik [at] aie.com http://www.aie.com "The gay rights movement is not a party. It is not a lifestyle. It is not a hair style. It is not a fad or a fringe or a sickness. It is not about sin or salvation. The gay rights movement is an integral part of the American promise of freedom." -Urvashi Vaid 4/25/93
Re: Pet Policy Request for Help Monty Berman, October 13 1996
- Re: Pet Policy Request for Help Rik Ahlberg, October 14 1996
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