|Drawing of St. Roch, the patron saint of dogs. He has a black lab with him. |
The lab does resemble Coach, slightly. Roch is smiling. Drawing created by artist Barbara Barratt.
What you can't tell from this drawing is where St. Roch is. I can make a pretty good guess that he isn't in Santa Fe though.
|No Dogs Allowed Sign at Tent Rocks.|
Take for example this sign we encountered this morning on our hike out at Tent Rocks National Monument.
|The more detailed sign.|
Then there was the more detailed sign that followed the huge No Dogs Allowed sign. It said in effect that dogs aren't allowed at the monument any more effective immediately. There was a smaller sign that said something about dogs being a safety hazard. But it was unclear.
We asked on our way out about service dogs and were told that service dogs with a vest or ID were gladly admitted without any problem at all. The ranger was very cheery about it. So, aggressive sign, but only toward regular dogs, not service dogs.
|No dogs allowed on grass sign in front of city government building.|
Yet not all Santa Fe government buildings are happy to see dogs. We passed one on the way to the Kakawa Chocolate House that had this friendly message: No Dogs Allowed on Grass. It was clear that what had been tearing up the grass was groundhogs or mice or rats or prairie dogs or some sort of vermin. But did they have a no vermin sign? No, they did not. They just wanted the dogs to stay off the lawn. And the lawn didn't look that great. Holes, lots of dirt piles.
Coach would have sniffed. Loudly. And then continued walking. And probably nudged me. Looking for a treat or a pat on the head. Wondering why we chose Santa Fe when Tampa Bay is so much more friendly to all dogs.