Falling in love with three dogs has down side in North Logan
NORTH LOGAN-- When their beloved cock-a-poo, Cheyenne, passed away, David and Vickie Paxton decided they wanted another one.
Although they still had Dakota, a Siberian husky, who was enough to keep their hands full, the Paxtons wanted another little dog, just like Cheyenne.
Soon they found the perfect cock-a-poo. They fell in love with the little "phantom," which is canine lingo for a dog having mostly black fur with patches of brown and white on the underside.
Then they discovered that with the purchase of the phantom pup, they could get an apricot cock-a-poo, which is actually a burnt orange color, for a discount. The Paxtons couldn't resist and got the apricot one for their daughter, Audrey.
For an undisclosed amount, the Paxtons paid for the puppies when they were only a week old, eagerly awaiting their arrival as members of the family.
It was only a matter of weeks before Buddy, the apricot one, and Holly, the phantom pup, would be old enough to be official family pets. The Paxtons even had pictures of the puppies in a single photo album page to display.
Through all the excitement, Audrey Paxton, 19, recalled hearing about a North Logan ordinance that placed a restriction on the number of dogs a household could have.
She looked on the North Logan website and discovered that two dogs was the legal limit. Any more, and the owner would need to file for a kennel license with the city.
With Dakota already a member of the family, Buddy and Holly would make three. The Paxtons were going to need a kennel license. They found the ordinance odd.
They said some residents have many farm animals, and that it is not necessary for an owner of two dogs and a cat to get a license, but an owner of three dogs must.
Despite the confusion, the Paxtons went to the city office and paid $20 to file for a kennel license.
"There are horses and cows up the street," said Vickie. "I didn't really expect this because many people have all kinds of animals around."
If the North Logan Planning and Zoning Commission members grant the Paxtons a kennel license, they will have to pay $50 annually for every year they keep it. They are optimistic about receiving the license, but Audrey is still a little nervous that the commission may find some way to deny it.
"I'll be so upset," she said, "I'll cry for days."
The Paxtons were going to go before the commission on Thursday, but the meeting was postponed until 6 p.m. Monday.