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Posted: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 12:00 am

Why are we becoming such a “dog-unfriendly” town? First the Chamber of Commerce gets dogs banned from Thursday’s Downtown Lodi Farmers Market. I used to enjoy the atmosphere where dogs were welcome. It’s not as relaxed and friendly anymore.

Now our new Roget Park bans dogs. There was a man asleep (had been for several hours) which alarmed my wife. However, he was not banned. I have been there, and driven by quite often, and have seen hardly anyone there. It is not a kids park, since there is nothing for kids to play on. Most people I see walking around town are accompanied by one or more dogs. So few people use the park, and banning dogs about kills any use.

Lodi has a laid-back, easygoing reputation. We could incrementally change that. No other wine country area I know of bans dogs.

Let’s become friendlier. I love dogs.

Mike Lynn

Lodi

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26 comments:

  • robert maurer posted at 11:00 am on Thu, Aug 22, 2013.

    mason day Posts: 444

    A couple years ago, I witnessed a family, on a winter's day, walking through Lodi lake after it was drained with an unleashed dog. A LPD officer parked by me and told those people to leash the dog or leave. After warning that family, the officer then told me that the fine was $340, and the fine for running a stopsign was $80. We both shook our heads and I replied,"go figure" and he replied,"yeah", and we both shrugged our shoulders...

     
  • robert maurer posted at 10:23 am on Thu, Aug 22, 2013.

    mason day Posts: 444

    [thumbup]... but I would go a lot further than just typical Lodian behavior. Happens a lot of places. The phrase " the more, the merrier," isn't always true.

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 9:04 am on Thu, Aug 22, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Perhaps you should check out the Parks and Rec website to find out where the dog friendly areas are.

    Even though they don't even include Roget Park on their site yet, and the description of where you can take dogs at Lodi Lake is unintelligible, dogs are allowed off-leash at Vinewood and Beckman Parks.

    As far as boozing patrons at the Farmers Market - highly inflated reports.

    As far as I can tell, people are just plain rude because they are so self-involved that they ignore everything and everyone around them and block others access to the vendors. But that's typical Lodian behavior.

     
  • Charlotte Davis posted at 9:16 pm on Tue, Aug 20, 2013.

    Charley Posts: 2

    [smile] Does Lodi even Have a dog park? I'm moving there in a week, and from reading the article/these comments sounds like Lodi is NOT dog friendly at all. Perhaps I should not move there and spend my money in another city.
    I really enjoy farmer's markets also and have been to Lodi's, did notice lots of drinking and not the wine Lodi promotes. Nothing is more disgusting/annoying than drunks roaming around breathing on you in the name of fresh 'produce' . Other farmer's markets do not have this drawback. So- guess I answered my moving dilemma[smile]

     
  • Tracy Matheson posted at 5:58 pm on Tue, Aug 20, 2013.

    TM Matheson Posts: 7

    Having been badly bitten wth staples in my head, stiches in my leg and arm by a family member's 2 dogs I would have to say it does not hurt my feellings one bit knowing I do not have to worry about a dog who may be coming up to smell me and who knows what can happen - because it can happen, been there, done that. Thank you for not allowing dogs at the event.

     
  • robert maurer posted at 2:30 pm on Mon, Aug 19, 2013.

    mason day Posts: 444

    I would rather have to deal with mean dogs than your obsessions: one I can stop immediately; one i can't. do you know the difference?

     
  • robert maurer posted at 2:20 pm on Mon, Aug 19, 2013.

    mason day Posts: 444

    Let's go a little further,Eric: Larry Wilde, circa mid 70s; Your joke is old. older than that which you were referring to . Who didn't get it? Answer: those who would not spend a couple bucks for the laughs Wilde has provided for many decades. Check him out: he truly is hillarious. Some, like myself and others, have been attacked by dogs that belonged to people babysitting someone else's dog, while the owner was in jail. I become rude, to say the least, under those and other circumstances.

     
  • Eric Barrow posted at 8:39 am on Mon, Aug 19, 2013.

    Eric Barrow Posts: 1486

    Didn't know if anyone was going to get it.

     
  • Doug Chaney posted at 7:26 am on Mon, Aug 19, 2013.

    advocate Posts: 500

    I'd rather see the dogs at the farmers market rather than all the loudmouth drunks emanating from all the booze venues downtown like it is now. Especially those loud, rude sidewalk, and now street drinkers.

     
  • Laura Rouzer posted at 1:04 pm on Sun, Aug 18, 2013.

    Laura Rouzer Posts: 57

    http://theyellowdogproject.com/The_Yellow_Dog_Project/Home.html

    I enjoy the farmers market a lot more now that I have one less thing to dodge while making my way through the crowds.

     
  • Todd Cronin posted at 10:38 pm on Sat, Aug 17, 2013.

    Todd Posts: 109

    Sorry Joanne, the comment was for
    Eric's post above......
    [whistling]

     
  • Todd Cronin posted at 10:35 pm on Sat, Aug 17, 2013.

    Todd Posts: 109

    Nice Peter Sellers reference!!!

     
  • robert maurer posted at 11:02 am on Sat, Aug 17, 2013.

    mason day Posts: 444

    Joanne: There have been some good comments on this article, but yours stand out so vividly. I doubt there is anybody here who hasn't experienced or witnessed the the things you mentioned.

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 10:10 am on Sat, Aug 17, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Great comment, Mr. Maurer. I'm always amazed at parents who bring their young children and toddlers to the dog park along with Fido and allow them to run around at random and roll on the ground.

    As one letter writer mentioned recently, you are basically visiting a massive dog toilet. Wear appropriate footwear and clothing, watch for "land mines" and gopher holes, don't bring food, and most of all, don't roll around on the ground.

     
  • Kevin Paglia posted at 10:57 am on Fri, Aug 16, 2013.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 1983

    Robert, I am more of the kind to slow down to just where the dog thinks it can catch me and take it on a little jog up the street. Most learn pretty quick they will never catch me, but I did have one lab/pit mix that chased me for nearly a mile. Heard the owner calling for the dog as I went by. Owner was lucky there wasn't a car behind be cause the dog wouldn't have stood a chance.

     
  • robert maurer posted at 6:19 pm on Thu, Aug 15, 2013.

    mason day Posts: 444

    Kevin, have you ever heard of tasers? Stun guns? A secondary waterbottle with a spray tip? ( fill the secondary waterbottle with a mixture of water and a mixture of your choice of soap that burns the heck out of your eyes and makes you grab a towel,or a mixture of water/ammonia,vinegar, citric acid,etc.) It not only works on dogs, it works on the ticked off people who laugh. Fact: a dog can't bite what it can't see, and a human can't fight what it can't see either.A former friend had a problem on her own block with a situation similar to what you described, except she walked her dog on a leash, instead. When her laughing hyena neighbor saw sparks and heard electric zapping sounds, the problem immediately stopped.

     
  • robert maurer posted at 2:32 pm on Thu, Aug 15, 2013.

    mason day Posts: 444

    Doggie doo, doggie doo, not in a child frequented park, not in a crowded downtown after dark. No doggie doo,no doggie doo, not on the bottom of any shoe. Doggie, adieu.

     
  • Jerome Kinderman posted at 1:48 pm on Thu, Aug 15, 2013.

    Jerome R Kinderman Posts: 2350

    Frankly, I've never understood this idea that just because a dog might appear cute and friendly that it must be petted. The best course of action when in the vicinity of an unknown dog is to simply leave it alone.

    Dogs often have a change of attitude when tethered; they also might have a change of heart when smelling the scent of another dog or animal on the unknown person desiring to touch it.

    But especially when in crowds all animals should be ignored by those who aren't in charge of them. Usually if you'll leave them be, they'll respond in kind. If you're a dog lover, there's probably a dog of your own waiting patiently at home for you to arrive safely and give it all the attention they and you might need. This is what should be taught to all children as well.

     
  • Kevin Paglia posted at 1:33 pm on Thu, Aug 15, 2013.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 1983

    I cycle on a lot of the just outside of Lodi streets and there are several areas where the owners don't properly contain their dogs. One is a Chihuahua that has a couple of times charged out of it's yard, into the 55mph road and come inches from getting under my rear wheel. Another is an Australian shepherd. The Chihuahua was just yipping and running after me, the AS was growling and in attack mode. The final time I rode by the AS the owners were sitting in a truck having to wait for me to pass, when the dog took off after me they started laughing.

    I had a choice of changing my route or be willing to injure a dog, I changed my route.

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 12:55 pm on Thu, Aug 15, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Eric - perhaps you know this already, but when approaching an unknown dog to pet it, it's best to NOT try to pet it on the head - rather under its chin.

    Some dogs feel threatened by a hand coming down on their heads and will nip or bite.

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 12:53 pm on Thu, Aug 15, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    You never know how a dog is going to react - at the dog park a woman had her months old baby in a stroller and had her newly "rescued" dog on a leash. Her dog was in heat, but seems calm enough. NOTE: If your dog is in heat, don't bring her to the park!

    When her dog sniffed a little too close to my little dog, she gave a growl and in an instant this dog was on her and pinned her to the ground, biting her ears and neck.

    The owner chased back and forth as her dog ran after mine, snarling viciously the whole time. She finally got her under control while my dog finally was able to run a distance away.

    Thankfully, no blood was shed, but my dog was scared out of her wits - and she's pretty tough . Of course there were multiple apologies, but this owner was exposing her little baby to this untested dog. I hope it never turns on her or her family.

     
  • Eric Barrow posted at 8:44 am on Thu, Aug 15, 2013.

    Eric Barrow Posts: 1486

    I once was at a street fair and a saw a nice looking dog. I asked the man standing next to the dog if his dog bites and he said no. When I reached down to pet the animal he bit me. I immediately confronted the man and said I thought you said your dog doesn’t bite the man responded that’s not my dog

     
  • John Kindseth posted at 7:17 pm on Wed, Aug 14, 2013.

    John Kindseth Posts: 243

    Dogs do not belong around food or people who are unknown to them, especially small children. This is one of hundreds of fact sheets, >>http://dogbitelaw.com/dog-bite-statistics/dog-bite-statistics.html< if you don't like this one, pick another. Ancedotal arguments abound on both sides. Bite facts are more accurate. If someone says to you "He's never bitten anyone..." The main word they leave out is "YET"

     
  • Ed Walters posted at 6:51 pm on Wed, Aug 14, 2013.

    the old dog Posts: 491

    For once I agree with Joanne: Dogs do not belong at the Farmers Market. Most everyone in my neighbor hood has a dog and walks them daily, as I do. The only time they don`t get walked is when they get to go swimming in the canal. I use a 6' lead, not those 10-12' leads that seem to get tangled in trees, other dogs and people. Most people have a lead in one hand and a plastic bag in the other, for clean up. Concerning that man sleeping in the park, he will wake up when the drugs or booze where off, or a little help from the Lodi PD.

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 12:21 pm on Wed, Aug 14, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Dogs do not belong at the Farmer's Market for the same reason "pet" dogs are not allowed in supermarkets and restaurants - for health reasons.

    I can't imagine that the Farmer's Market is "not as relaxed and friendly" due to the absence of dogs. It is bad enough that human patrons don't pay attention to what is going on around them at the Market while they stop to chat with friends in front of vendor's stands and block other people from shopping, let alone have them pay attention to what their dogs are doing.

     
  • Treacy Elliott posted at 10:07 am on Wed, Aug 14, 2013.

    Treacy Elliott Posts: 71

    Why do you think dogs get banned from events and parks. The answer is simple, irresponsible dog owners. A venue like Farmers Market or the Street Fair is not appropriate for dogs. It is too crowded and puts the dog in a position where they could bite if stepped on or if some child comes running up to it to give it a pet or a hug. In addition, pavement gets very hot in the sun and dogs feet can get burned. In parks, irresponsible owners fail to clean up after their dogs, so they are the one's that ruin it for the rest of us. I am a dog owner and we take our dogs with us nearly everywhere we go. We clean up after them and don't take them to venues that could cause harm to them or people around them and saves us from possible litigation. As far as a person taking a nap in a park, what's wrong with that!

     

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