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Letter: Coquitlam Farmers' Market experience dulled by 'no dogs allowed' sign

"Just wondering what’s next!"
No dogs allowed at Coquitlam Farmers Market - letter to the editor
Larissa Scheller's fur baby sits next to a 'No dogs allowed' sign at Coquitlam Farmers' Market on May 23, 2021.

The Editor,

This past Sunday (May 23), my husband and I decided to go to our local farmers market for the first time this season.

We grabbed our reusable shopping bag and some cash, we put the collar and leash on our dog and headed out.

We only live a few blocks away so, in the past, have frequented the market quite often.

We walked about halfway there when we realized we forgot our masks.

We turned around and headed back home, grabbed our masks then back we went. 

When we finally arrived at the [Coquitlam] Farmers Market, imagine my disappointment when at the entrance of the market is a large sign saying no dogs allowed.

During this COVID-19 pandemic, there have been some common comforts for many people.

  • Definitely, our fur babies who have loved us unconditionally and kept us company when we were all alone
  • Food, cooking creating and growing our own vegetables in our own gardens
  • Also, the outdoors, giving us exercise and fresh air

I felt this trip to the market was a way to really engage in all these comforts only to just have one more restriction. 

Seems now I can’t even walk my dog to the local Outdoor Farmers Market on a Sunday morning!

Really, Coquitlam?

Just wondering what’s next!

- Larissa Scheller, Coquitlam

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