Iceland: Dogged Stand

Ruff times in Reykjavik

Legally, at least, Reykjavik (pop. 84,500) is a doggone difficult place for lovers of canines, which have been barred for the past 60 years as part of an effort to control the tapeworm that plagued Icelanders for centuries. Enough time to give one pause. Actually, the city in recent years has been so undogmatic about enforcing the ban that it now has an estimated 3,000 dogs. The atmosphere is scarcely one to make a pup tense. Putting up whippet all, police almost never enforce the law (or collect the $200 fine) for harboring a bootleg mutt.


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