|From today's Toronto Sun|
I wonder what Mr. Einstoss was thinking? He has stated that he is a very politically active member of society, and that he was at the event to oppose the Al-Quds doctrine. From what I gather the rally was quite emotional, as one would expect it to be seeing as there are few "hot button" issues that incite such emotions as the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. It seems highly suspect that Mr. Einstoss had absolutely no inkling that bringing a 165 pound dog to such an event would cause a problem.
Yes this man had every right to be at the rally, and yes he has every right to pursue legal action. Remember though, just because you have a legal right to do something doesn't necessarily mean you should do it. What would I do? Out of courtesy to a culture that is not always comfortable with dogs, and regardless of whether I agree with its stance, I simply would not parade my large dog (friendly or not) in front of the demonstrators. I would attend the rally solo. Like Mr. Einstoss has stated, I too pretty much bring my dogs with me everywhere I go. This is one event however, that I would have more courtesy for others, and even possibly have more concern for the safety of my dog. That concern would far outweigh my desire to speak my political mind. If you think I'm being insensitive and "labelling" any protestors as being violent toward a dog owner at such an event just keep in mind that if anything, yesterday's event has proven my point.
Thank goodness that as emotions ran very high nobody was severly hurt. It would be a very sad situation if Mr. Einstoss were to have been injured. What if if his well-trained dog Cupcake had been injured? Who would have been to blame? Naturally any individual who attempted to assault Cupcake, but keep in mind such a hypothetical situation would never exist in the first place had Mr. Einstoss had the foresight to not involve his dog in a political demonstration in which one party has members that are known to be uncomfortable, and where emotions can quickly turn physical.
In no way should Mr. Einstoss have been assaulted, and in no way do I think the police handled the matter as best they could. Why was the individual who punched Mr. Einstoss not arrested? It would have been better had they simply asked Mr. Einstoss to remove himself from the situation out of concern for the safety of himself and just as important, the safety of Cupcake. It also would have been better if on Saturday, Allan Einstoss had left Cupcake safe at home.