ABC van honden toegestaan in de CBD van Blenheimseptember 30, 2019
Herb and Olive owner Richard Barton is preparing for a trial allowing dogs in the CBD, hoping to make the front of his cafe more dog-friendly.
Businesses are preparing for an influx of dogs during a month-long trial which will allow our furry friends in the Blenheim CBD.
A bylaw prohibits dogs from the CBD, but the Marlborough District Council will lift this as part of the 65th Black Hawk National Dog Show.
The dog show will be in Blenheim from October 2-5 and the bylaw will be lifted for the entire month of October.
Owners of CBD cafe Mike and Tania Godsall were all for the trial, but ahead of it thought it might be good to remind dog owners to be responsible.
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“Like anything, it might take one dog to ruin it, so I think it’s important to remember that this is a good thing,” Tania said.
Tania had been looking into dog treat recipes, something she hoped the cafe could offer during the trial period.
Mike suggested it would be a good time to educate children on how to deal with dogs.
“We’d love to see dogs in the CBD all the time, so it would be nice if everyone was prepared,” Mike said.
Marlborough District Councillor Jamie Arbuckle said council would use the show as a trial run for another bylaw change, measuring its success on the number of public complaints.
Herb and Olive owner Richard Barton was also looking forward to the trial and hoped to make his store front more dog-friendly in time for the trial.
“I think it’s a great idea, I’ve been to cities where dogs are allowed in the CBD and it works well,” Barton said.
Paper plus manager Karen Gibb said she was excited for the prospect of allowing dogs in the CBD.
“I will definitely be putting bowls out the front,” Gibb said. “In saying that, I do think they need to be on a lead.”
However, 43.9 per cent were for dogs in the CBD as long as they were controlled on a lead.
Blenheim Business Association chairperson Lynette Rayner said it would order paw print stickers for businesses so that people could easily identify those who were dog friendly.
Dog friendly advice from the BBA:
Have dog bowls out (and some treats too)
Have options to tie dogs up in the shade
Clean up after your pet
Consider your pets ability to cope in the urban environment