Shreveport, La.'s Citizen Dogs Unite - Oct 15, 2012

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Monday, 15 October 2012 00:00

Every now and then, you hear a story that makes you smile. That's what happened to me when I read this item about Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator, a story that was originally reported by KSLA-TV in Shreveport.

It seems that Sheriff Prator is something of an artist—that is, whenever he's not out chasing the bad guys. On September 22, 2012, 30 prints of Sheriff Prator's politically-inspired painting, “Watch Your Step,” were sold at an event hosted by the Shreveport Dog Park Alliance to raise money for a regional dog park.

Personally, as a dog lover and and an art lover, I found the story irresistable, especially once I learned the subject for the painting: Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover depicted as a Gulliveresque giant being tied down by a bunch of pooches. Apparently, a dog park had not been high on the mayor's list of priorities! Grrrr!

Cynthia Keith, director of the Shreveport Dog Park Alliance, said the print was a political cartoon and was not meant to be offensive. “The Sheriff said he paints from his heart, and he understands the benefits a dog park can bring to a community.”

Approximately 300 people attended the "Wine & Whine, a Dog Park Art Affair," which was held in the gardens and basement theater area of the city's Karpeles Manuscript Museum. Inside the theatre, visitors were able to shop for handicrafts, pottery, wire figures and original art, including works by Sheriff Prato, the Louisiana Association of Animal Artists and nationally known wildlife artist, Don Edwards. The event raised approximately $5,000 that will go toward paying for a regional dog park on the Red River’s waterfront.

Just two weeks after the fundraiser, the Shreveport City Council voted to override Mayor Cedric Glover's veto to fund a proposed dog park.

Who's had the last bark, now, Mr. Mayor? Hmm?
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