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Registered: Aug 2008
Location: SE Ohio, Glouster
Well I will admit I have only scanned through the conversations and have not read them all throughly but from what I am seeing, most positions on this issue seem to be failing to consider one important part of the intent of this rule.
Now maybe I'm wrong, and if so I'm sure someone will call me out if I am, but may I offer another point of this situation to consider.
You see many, many years ago, one of , the reason dogs were not misused for coming into a tree after the 5 minutes were up was because the rules folks felt that due to the fact that several folks were arriving at a tree with lights flashing and trying to catch their dogs, and some folks flashing their lights up in the tree to gain an advantage of catching the coons eye with all the commotion going on at the bottom of the tree, that this may be considered excessive pressure/potential interference, and those dogs caught in that situation, were given the benefit of the doubt that they may not have come in to that tree had all this commotion not have gone on, so they were given a free pass (so to speak) unless the coon was seen.
Has a police officer ever given you a free pass for speeding? And especially so, if you had a justifiable reason for speeding, such as Maybe wife is in labor and about to deliver in the car.
You see back in the day, the rules had some flexibility if there were good reasons why a dog might do something it doesn't normally do, so long as there was a justifiable reason for doing so. Today we want there to be no reason to give the benefit of the doubt. If the do the crime, they must pay their debt, no matter the reason for why they did it.
What was it that you were forgiven for today??
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