the westminster news
Published by the students of Westminster School
By Margee Mahoney ’24
We’ve all come to know and love our campus dogs. They’re always there to brighten up our day and make campus feel a bit more like home; however, recently, dogs have been revoked of their in-dorm privileges due to allergies and a few too many stolen-goods scandals.
This, in my humble opinion, is absolutely unacceptable. Who can better brighten up a sub-par day than man’s best friend? There are obvious solutions to our problems: the majority of dog allergies are minor, and no one’s saying you have to get close to them! And if dogs sniff around a bit too much in someone's room, first of all, what an excellent reminder to tidy up and take out your trash, and, secondly, put a leash around the dog! Problem solved.
I think we should take it a step further and bring our campus dogs back into our dorms. Bringing them back yields multiple benefits. Students learn the responsibility of taking care of a living thing; both students and our campus dogs benefit from the comfort. Additionally, we’d have a mascot!
I’m sure that by dividing tasks among over 400 students, we could handle taking care of a dog, giving it the proper care, nutrition, exercise, and attention it needs. And, just as a fail-safe, one chaperone who is a dog lover but isn’t up for 24/7 supervision could be the official “owner.”
I don’t see the harm in adding one more furry friend to everyone’s hearts. I vote for a King Charles Spaniel.