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Safety Message from Sedona Star Columnist Harley McGuire

Harley McGuire, Sedona Times and SedonaEye.com star columnist

Sedona AZ (March 14, 2011)–SedonaEye.com star columnist, Harley McGuire, with a special leash law message for his four-footed pals and their owners.

Oh my Goodness! Yesterday afternoon . . . well . . . Mom was just fixin’ to leave to go take care of some business (without me, of all things) and the doorbell rang and guess what?

A very nice neighbor lady named Jody was at the front door and said “I need help.” She had her two small doggies with her, Bingo, and I don’t recall the other’s name.

Anyhow, Mommy says, “Come inside. What is wrong?”

Jody then tells Mommy about two loose doggies that had attacked her the day before, on Thursday. She said that Bingo slipped out of his collar and took off with a big doggie chasing him, like a German Shepherd or something. Well, Jody then picked up “Little Bit” and was worried sick about the fate of Bingo running loose with all the tourist traffic on Morgan Road and all.

Fortunately dear little Bingo made it home safely. Well, that all happened the day before Jody came to Mommy for help.

Mommy asked “Should I call 911?” because Jody said she was afraid they were under attack again. Mother, in fact, had heard a strange barking sound just before Jody rang our doorbell and thought it might have been a coyote.

Jody just sat for a few minutes, rejecting Mom’s offer to call 911 since she said she had reported the incident the day before. So Mother offered to take one of her little doggies and walk home with her . . . bummer because that meant I was left at home. Poop. (Well, Mom made up for it later in the day, after she took care of her other affairs.)

However, while walking Jody and her four-footed children home, they confirmed with some worker-guys next door whether the dogs today were leashed. . . and they said “Yes.” Just as Mom and Jody were at her house, they saw two guys walking these big doggies and they were on leashes but they were having great difficulty controlling them!

Please, please . . . my message here is that there is a leash law! My great friends, Stormy and Gauge usually aren’t on leashes but their Mom and Dad are totally in control, and it’s never a problem.

However, kindly take into consideration (those of you who cannot control your beloved pets) that you risk endangering the animal-children of your very own neighbors who would also like to be your friends.

If we all obey our City codes, clean up after our pets and observe the leash law, it will make for a much happier and even more important, a legal and safer environment for all concerned.


Harley McGuire



  1. Dean says:

    Harley McGuire wrote and excellent article….in fact, far better than anyone from the N.Y Times!

  2. Chip and Dale says:

    Please keep those un-leased dogs out of our neighborhood. We do not get to go outside unless attended by our mom and we would love to chase the birds..dogs are not our type. Stay safe Harley and your neighborhood too –

  3. Marilyn Lachman says:

    Harley, u r 1 smart dog. Come to our neighborhood in Porter Ranch CA & teach the moms to leash their kids, pick up poop & STOP at stop signs…too much to ask???

  4. Kesse Bella Fehr says:

    A Dog’s last WILL

    From a dear friend who was Kesse’s Mom. I know it’s sad but from a dog’s perspective, their last act of love.
    Before humans die, they make out their last Will & Testament, give their home and everything they have to those left behind. If, with my paws, I could do the same, this is what I would ask~
    To a poor and lonely dog I’d give:
    My happy home, my bowl and cozy bed, pillow and all my toys.
    The lap which I loved so much
    The hand that stroked my fur & the sweet voice that called my name.
    …I’d will to the sad scared shelter dog, the place that I had in my human’s loving heart, of which there were no bounds.
    So when I die please do not say “I will never have another pet again, for the loss and pain are more than I can stand”.
    Instead go find an unloved dog, one whose life held no joy or hope and give MY place to him.
    This is the only thing I can give….The LOVE
    I left behind
    R.I.P. Kesse Bella Fehr

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