‘D’ Dogs



I prefer to call them D Dogs.

For nearly the past week or so we have been receiving a healthy dispatch of stories about the wild, roaming dogs of Detroit, estimated by some to be perhaps as many as 50,000. That’s a lot of wild dogs on the loose, and when you add that visual to the narrative of a city on the verge of collapse with bankruptcy knocking on the door, entire neighborhoods crumbling like so many sandcastles in the rain, a public school system in chaos, and crime out of control, then what you have is an irresistable ‘news’ story that has evolved from a story about too many stray dogs to one that ties in the desperation of the dogs to the city’s desperation as a whole.

For most news reporters, this story couldn’t have happened during a better month, the month of August, when not much of anything is going on. August is basically a long intermission between summertime and the rest of the year. Hard to beat a story about packs of hungry, abandoned dogs in Detroit in August. A quick scroll shows that story popping up in the Huffington Post and even Rolling Stone.

Of course, as anyone who has lived in this city for any length of time can attest, the story of abandoned dogs is hardly what one would refer to as news. One of the primary reasons I don’t walk either one of our dogs in the Boston Edison neighborhood where we have lived for nearly a decade is out of concern of running into one or more strays and being too far away from home to avoid the inevitable confrontation. 

 I will hastily add that I do occasionally see some of the neighbors confidently walking their dogs along the streets and, well, good for them. Seriously. That’s fine. But after several run-ins of my own, not counting the two or three times when stray pit bulls have wandered toward the backyard and engaged in ferocious growling matches through the fence with our dogs, I have long since figured out that Detroit has a problem with an abundance of strays. Didn’t know the number was estimated to be as high as 50,000, which seems a tad steep to reporters such as Deadline Detroit’s Jeff Wattrick who have this thing about accuracy and seriously question that there is one stray dog for every 14 humans here in the city, but no doubt this eye-opening number  is why a group of volunteers will soon be going out into the field to begin taking an actual count. But whatever number they come back with, which I pretty much guarantee will be significantly less than 50,000, the problem of  stray dog overload has been here in Detroit for quite sometime.

So I’m wondering when the big ferocious saber-toothed cat story is going to break?

Oh, wait…



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