STOP bringing your dogs to Levitt

Before we get to the recommendations of animal health experts on the topic, I want to clarify, I love dogs. I had one for several years. I would take him on walks regularly and had a fenced in backyard for his outdoor enjoyment. Dogs make great companions and we love to show them off. Unfortunately I think that is the main reason why people bring them to outdoor concerts.

I wasn’t going to say anything about it until I came to a boiling point on Saturday. Two teenage girls decided to bring their very large, black, pit bull mix dog to the Levitt and sit directly in the sun. He was NOT a happy camper. He was visibly uncomfortable and panting at a very high rate. I politely asked them to first get him some water and take him home. I informed them that his high rate of panting was a sign of dehydration and heat exhaustion. They did move to the shade, and then I think they eventually left.

Besides this example, animal health experts have warned about bringing your dog to outdoor concerts for several ‘common sense’ reasons;

It’s Extremely Loud

Worst Place for Socialization

Your Dog Will Get Hurt

Food on the Ground

And as I mentioned above, depending on the weather, it can be extremely uncomfortable for them. While you may be very proud of your St. Charles you had to take a 2nd mortgage out to afford to buy him, in the future if you want to show them off to me, keep some cute pictures on your phone to show me, and let your dog relax at home while you enjoy the concert.


#1 D@ily Spin on 07.02.19 at 10:44 am

Dogs are moody. They’re defensive in a crowd of strangers. Some people do not know how to approach them and shouldn’t. Their ears are sensitive to loud sound. I worry about who’s packing a gun. Dogs are a compounded concern.

#2 Ljl on 07.02.19 at 12:41 pm

Let’s include kids baseball complex’s onto that list. I’ve seen too many dog related problems at these games over the years for all the reasons posted above.

Your dog is not your child, get a grip.

#3 Huh D@ily???? on 07.02.19 at 1:39 pm

What does a gun have to do with pet dogs at the band shell, that was random. Are you worried someone’s going to have both a gun and a dog or are you jumping to conclusions on a dog getting shot?

South Dacola Web Master, you may want to look into your certificate as it’s not the best security practices on this website.


#4 D@ily Spin on 07.02.19 at 2:03 pm

It became legal to conceal carry a gun in SD without a permit yesterday. Yes, I worry who’s carrying at larger public events.

#5 Blasphemo on 07.02.19 at 2:11 pm

Dogs belong on private property, on a leash for a walk or run on public property, or at a dog park. NOT at public events with large numbers of the general public – concerts, arts & crafts festivals, farmer’s markets or crowded downtown sidewalks. This should be looked down upon with the same scorn as smoking in public. I don’t want to step on or trip on your dog/leash, I don’t want your dog to slobber on me, I don’t want it to bite me or another dog. Ignorant, selfish dog owners: KNOCK IT OFF. LEAVE YOUR DAMN DOG AT HOME.

#6 rsc on 07.02.19 at 2:13 pm


Lack of a certificate doesn’t really matter. Are you concerned about exchanging sensitive information with this site?

Also, no browser is going to trust a self-signed cert. I recommend Let’s Encrypt for free certs.

#7 D@ily Spin on 07.02.19 at 8:37 pm

When there’s no safeguards (ie. Concealed carry) I worry. It gives me a reason not to attend an event without metal detectors. There’s a difference between protection and a lunatic with access to lethal force. What’s happened is I will not attend Levitt because it’s an atmosphere for uncontrolled violence. Sure, bring your pit bull and your pistol. If there’s no metal detectors and police as for a paid performance, I’m not going.

#8 D@ily Spin on 07.02.19 at 8:55 pm

I want to hear any kind of music but I don’t want to prepare in advance for a dog bite or a gun fight. The first time there’s a shooting at the Levitt, the area will return to a DMZ between downtown and the NE. side of town.

#9 Your Locally Licensed Bunker Ramp Dealer on 07.02.19 at 11:39 pm

I wish Trump would get a dog. If he did, then I could have a favorite Trump.

#10 Paul ElevenHaken on 07.03.19 at 9:00 am

The irony of all this is that STORMLAND will run stories about the keeping dogs away from fireworks shows. While loud, concerts can be just as loud or louder than a fireworks display.

Dogs are great companions, but not in large crowds or around loud concerts. Especially not in restaurants. I recall one St. Patrick’s Day in which I witnessed people with very large slobbery dogs (their heads were practically table level) inside a restaurant! Talk about sanitation and liability issues! Imagine if someone got bit because Fido wanted some corned beef!

#11 A Democratic who did not attend Borglum's annoucement on 07.03.19 at 9:30 am

Imagine being Trump’s dog: Big Macs everyday!

#12 I thought Borglum was a "moderate?" on 07.03.19 at 7:16 pm

Since Trump doesn’t have a dog, does that mean that Bo and Sunny are still in power?

#13 Fluff McFluffin on 07.03.19 at 7:41 pm

@ A Democratic who….
Big Macs at the White House everyday for the next 5 1/2 years! It’d be awesome!

#14 A "Democratic" Democrat on 07.03.19 at 9:13 pm

Say Fluff,

After that “5 1/2 years,” will Putin force the “Clockwork Orange” mess to eat Russian beef stroganoff on a daily basis then, or is that actually already happening, but they just call it a Big Mac for image sake?

#15 Fluff McFluffin on 07.04.19 at 10:58 pm

Won’t matter what he’s eating. All I know is after the election we will know that America has soundly asked for seconds. Bon appetit!

#16 Fear & Loathing in Sioux Falls on 07.05.19 at 3:47 pm

Yah, a second recount, if we live in your world, Fluff.

Plus, you sound too French. Because I thought conservatives didn’t like the French….#FreedomFries….