Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Every Dog Has Its Day

Dear Southwest Ranches Friends and Neighbors:

Good Morning, Good Afternoon, Good Evening and if I don’t see you later…well then…Good Night!

The subject line of this missive has two schools of thought. Is the phrase “every dog has its day” a good thing or a bad thing? I’ve Googled, I’ve Hulu’d I’ve canvassed the public…and the winner is…it’s a good thing!

With that said, the Town of Southwest Ranches is set to honor its own resident celebrity K-9 with an ordinance named “Nikki’s Law.” On Thursday, June 18th 2009 at 7:00PM shortly after the pledge of allegiance, The Town of Southwest Ranches will execute the second reading and subsequent passing and adoption of an anti-tethering law for our town. “Nikki’s Law” shall, from that day forth, protect any Southwest Ranches resident K-9 from ever having to live its life at the end of a chain.

For those of you who have followed Nikki’s story you may recall that her life’s road has been a bumpy one; from her rescue in 2004, to her re-homing as a resident here in Southwest Ranches, to her Animal Planet documentary segment, to becoming the poster dog for the highly successful Humane Society of Broward County “Break the Chain” educational campaign, to her registered educational K-9 status, to her unwitting role in the political arena, to now witnessing the 13th Broward County municipality becoming a more “humane” place for dogs to live with the passage of “Nikki’s Law.”

Rumor has it that Nikki will be in attendance on Thursday, June 18th 2009 at 7:00PM at the Town Council meeting, 6591 Southwest 160 Avenue (Dykes Road) Southwest Ranches, Florida 33331. The sleek black and tan Doberman is a little older but a whole lot wiser. Rumor also has it that Nikki’s owners will also be in attendance to witness the passing of the anti-tethering ordinance named after their beloved pet and companion; both of them older and wiser as well.

Let’s mark the calendar folks and show up and show our support for a dog whose life has indeed made a difference for the future treatment of any and all of our resident K-9’s.

Congratulations Nikki … I have met you and I can say with authority, joy and reverence … you deserve this honor. To Nikki’s owners all I can say is your efforts on behalf of this ordinance for our town and the 12 other Broward County city’s that previously passed similar ordinances, may have been a tough road to hoe, but you hoed it well. I tip my Gnome hat to you.

That’s All Folks!!!

Wanch Waggler