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Posted: Wednesday, May 28, 2014 12:30 am

My family is dismayed reading the news that dogs are no longer allowed in Cedar Park Cemetery. Lifelong Hudson residents, I visit my parents’ grave almost daily while walking our dog. My father was a dog lover, an avid conservationist, and I would like to think he enjoys it when my Max sits quietly on his side. The cemetery is a beautiful and peaceful place to walk. It is full of loved ones who cherished their pets as we do! Read the obituaries and see how many give mention to a beloved pet, or ask for contributions to an organization that cares for animals. Some cultures consider their pets as sacred. Dogs in particular are honored in this way.

Cedar Park Cemetery is ideal for dog walking. It gives good visibility if a car, children, or other dogs are coming, and opportunity to change your course before you meet them. Instead of prohibiting dogs, why not establish sensible rules such as leashing, curbing, respecting gravesites, and cleaning up? Better than an arbitrary rule, established without public referendum or a Common Council hearing and vote, and backed only by anecdotal statistics of how many people don’t want dogs in the cemetery. Those who own dogs still pay taxes, and we vote. We should have a voice in this.

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