Last week at the Sunday Farmer's Market. Oooh, I love fresh coconut water!
I love Santa Monica. You know I do.
But I've always had one pet peeve with this city. They are just not very
animal-friendly. Miles of coastal beaches and not one section dedicated to
pets. One of the biggest property management companies has a no pets policy
city-wide. Dogs not licensed in the city of Santa Monica cannot enter the
city's official dogparks.
When the Sunday Farmer's Market first
started, Hunny and I would walk there and then play on the lawn after I
bought my weekly produce. That was before all the retail vendors, the face
painters, the live music, the yummy breakfast-makers.
There used to be a wooden fence on the
lawn made specially for dogs, with a sign that read, Tie your doggies
here. For about six months this was our Sunday morning
Soon more people started coming.
Families with kids. Locals. Tourists. Young couples. Suddenly baby strollers
took over the fence. Parents locked their strollers around the dogs. And
eventually, the dogs were weeded out.
Here, eight years later, no matter where you
stand on the lawn or at any of the entrances to the Market, it's
impossible to miss one of these four obnoxious handpainted billboards. And if
that's not enough, the city has to post a warning of consequences if we 'break
This warning sign reads:
NO ANIMALS ALLOWED.
DO NOT TIE YOUR DOG TO A FIXED
DOING SO MAY RESULT IN A CITATION OR THE
IMPOUND OF YOUR DOG.
OK. Clear message. Heartless, but clear.
But then ... what about the big
How is holding ponies in captivity for four
in the blazing summer heat [in the middle of the city] solely for
entertainment purposes, any more humane and sanitary than city
residents bringing members of their families (doggies) to their
community farmer's market?
I happened to be
there before the official opening time last week and things were already
hopping. This Sunday I hope to get the full view of just how mobbed this place gets by 11 AM. It's so overwhelming, I wouldn't bring
Hunny anymore even if it were acceptable.
And now it seems they're starting to weed out
our children. This tree used to be filled with kids climbing on and
off throughout the morning. It was a great source of entertainment for them.
And a great relief for some of the parents.
Come on Santa Monica, what's next?
For starters, I suggest you get off your high horse and set the ponies free.
Then just chill out and enjoy the fresh produce with the rest of your community. We're a great bunch ... pets included.