This is why…
The “Open Space Regulations Review Committee” of Fairfield’s Conservation Commission is recommending that off-leash access for families across the Town’s public open space areas be revoked.
Here are 24 seconds, which show a sadly rare occurrence: what appears to be a sudden abandonment of consuming, near-paralyzing anxiety… an abused dog ordinarily afraid to leave the house; who sometimes, has to be forced from the car.
24 seconds: of what most would describe as “happiness.”
…This 24 seconds made me laugh.
Then, swiftly—as I knew it would—this 24 seconds yielded to tears. For him.
Good tears, though.
I hold on to this “less-than-a-minute,” and keep this video in my phone. I’ve watched it more than I can count.
I am doing something right. This turned into a scarce, good day.
Fleeting, perhaps… but, he was actually “happy.”
This is my life.
I look around. We are doing no harm.
I’m frustrated… I pay a lot of taxes, and get little of what I value, in return.
I will fight for this.”