John Manke is an active former Bay View resident who is involved in numerous neighborhood organizations, including the Bay View Historical Society, the Humboldt Park Fourth of July Association and the Shore Shore Farmers Market. He believes Bay View has a fine tradition in its past that we do not want to lose in the future.
Until recently, I used to let my daughter's dog, Bella, roam freely on her leash. I then found out that she was making too many people afraid of her. My daughter, Mary, Bella's owner, told me to place her bark collar on her to shock her anytime she started to bark at people or other animals. She also told me to use her choke collar at the same time to keep her close to me at all times and not straining at the leash. With these two collars on, Bella stays close to me and does not surge anymore. With this in effect, she has stayed much more closer with me when she stays at my place. Wherever I go, she wants to be near me. She is a very affectionate dog. She like to be aware of everthing that goes on around her. If she starts to bark at the window, I first warn her, then place the bark collar on her.
At her own house, she has a fenced in yard to roam in. She is very close to BoBo, an Alaskan Malmute, living next door. A small dog also lives next door and used to harass her all of the time. BoBo both protects the small dog and lets it lie on top of or at the side of him. BoBo mediates any possible problems between Bella and the small dog. Bella is fun to be with. She and BoBo both like dog biscuits and will cry if I don't give them both an equal amount of them. Since BoBo arrived at the house next door, Bella has not barked as much as she used to. The two dogs are very close friends. Both dogs are loved very much at home and are not mean. Bella's bark is such that it will scare the dickens out of you, if you do not know her. At heart she is very gentle and loving.
If you own a dog, don't make the mistake that I made by letting it have free roaming space on its leash, and keep it under control at all times. At the South Shore Farmers Market, you can see many different dogs, all on leash with their owners, having a good time at the market. Several vendors and I have water dishes and dog biscuits available to dogs. This is the best place to take your dog, outside of a dog park, to meet people and other dogs. The dog owners keep their dogs under control at all times. On several occasions, I have had Bella at the South Shore Farmers Market with no problems with people and other dogs. South Shore Park is a dog friendly park with dog stations placed at various spotsin the park and donated by the Nehring family, who own Groppi's Food Market. The South Shore Park Watch is the source of both the dog friendly situation and the farmers market. Thank Kathy Mulvey and her park watch for all of the work that they have done to make all of this possible. Also thank Cliff, the park director, who also runs 13 other parks for his efforts in attempting to do the best job possible with the least of amount of staff to help him.
If you really love your dog, please keep it under control at all times and clean up after it when necessary. Dogs can really show us love and companionship. Treat your dog as you would like to be treated, and it will reward you with a lot of love and affection. A dog is just like a small child. Most dogs are very intelligent and easy to train. I wish you luck and happiness with your dog.