Copyright The Quipping Queen 2005.
HAS AMERICA GONE TO THE DOGS? -- Or, "Woofstock" Here We Come! --
Canucks take a good deal of pride in their hockey, beer, and cellular telephones (especially those Fido commercials about perky pet-owners who bear a striking resemblance to their posh- or pathetic-looking pooches).
This weekend in Toronto, (the capital of everything BIG in Canada), they’re holding a weird and wonderful event, aptly called “Woofstock”, to celebrate man’s best friend (the dog) and to push every imaginable product and service to pamper one’s hip-looking hound.
The most fur-friendly towns in Canada are probably Dog Creek (British Columbia), Dog’s Nest (Ontario) and Dog Pound (Alberta). But, only place where they've actually waged a war over issue of Fido-freedom is in Victoria, British Columbia. Elected officials recently passed a bylaw permitting off-leash dog walking and piddling (with added bonus of doggie-doo-doo bags supplied free-of-charge in convenient receptacles) along scenic seashore and tourist-trap trail known as “Dallas Road”.
If you don't think that America has truly gone to dogs, then just take a peek at those nudge-nudge, wink-wink "bosom buddies" residing south of 49th parallel.
No less than 1,086 geographic features (including airports, bars, bays, beaches, bridges, buildings, canals, capes, cemeteries, channels, churches, cliffs, crossings, dams, flats, gaps, glaciers, islands, keys, lakes, mines, oilfields, parks, pillars, post-offices, ranges, reservoirs, ridges, schools, springs, streams, summits, swamps, valleys, and wells) are dedicated to these blessed bow-wowing creatures.
It may be a "dog-eat-dog world" out there but judging from plethora of pet-inspired U.S. place names, most fido-friendly towns to hang out in are probably:
- Big Lick (North Carolina) - Canine Gulch (Alaska) - Dog Bluff (South Carolina) - Dog Canyon Estates (New Mexico) - Dog Corners (Maine), Dogs Corners (New Jersey) - Dog Creek (Oklahoma, Kentucky) - Dog Ear Lake (Florida) - Dog Hill (Tennessee) - Dog Pond (Arizona) - Dog Hole Lake (Florida) - Doggie Island (South Carolina) - Doghouse Junction (California) - Dog Island (Florida) - Dog Island Corner (Maine) - Dogpatch (Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona), Dog Patch (West Virginia) - Dog Ridge (Texas) - Dogtail Corners (New York) - Dogtown (Alabama, California, Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, Maine, Mississippi, New England, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee) - Dogsboro (Georgia) - Dog Walk (Illinois, Kentucky) - Dogway (West Virginia) - Gnaw Bone (Indiana) - Licking (Mississippi) - Mutt (Virginia) - Paw Paw (Illinois) - Poocham (New Hampshire) - Tick Bite (North Carolina) - Township of Dog Ear (South Dakota)
Canine critters are definitely BIG BUSINESS in America, home to millions of mischievous mutts, misbehaving mongrels not to mention their sometimes very ornery owners.