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It’s never a good idea to picnic at the dog park

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Posted: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 12:00 am

Many courtesies are not written; they are commonsense or taught. For example, if there's a long line at the women's bathroom, the pregnant woman goes first. Or, while riding public transit, give up your seat to a passenger who is feeble or in need of rest. Courtesy also applies at the dog park. Listed below are the top two offenses.

First, make every effort to pick up your dog's doo. I understand that we don't always see when Woof-Woof goes, or we arrived at where they left their pool and we can't find it. Be a good sport and walk around the park and pick up a pile left by another owner. More times than not, I have come across poo with blood or visible worms. As an owner, you should want to know the health of your family pet. Therefore, get up from your chair or bench, separate from your group conversation, and pick up your dog's poo.

Second, don't bring food into the dog park. More and more, the park has become a picnic destination for the whole family. They bring an ice chest, bottle of wine and a four-course meal. Some avoid the ground by bringing their table, but most just sit on the ground with their toddlers and try to enjoy eating while dogs running through the picnickers, jump on their children, start fights and steal their food. Hello, you're eating in a dog's toilet!

I spoke earlier of what you can see, so let's talk about what you can't see: fecal coliform bacteria, which is known to cause cramps, diarrhea and serious kidney problems in humans; Giardiasis, which is known to cause diarrhea, flatulence, greasy stool, stomach cramps, nausea and dehydration; parasite worm eggs — heart, whip, round and tape; Salmonellosis; E. Coli and other pathogens. Yum!

In conclusion, for the safety of your family and Fido, be thoughtful at the park. It belongs to all of us.

Jane Lea


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  • Joanne Bobin posted at 2:34 pm on Fri, Mar 29, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    If I told you that a certain former student routinely takes her dog to the Nature Area, Mr. Oesterman, I'm sure you would have the proverbial "cow."

  • Robert Jacobs posted at 7:20 am on Fri, Mar 29, 2013.

    Robert Jacobs Posts: 298

    I applaud your effort Jane, but the general public in this nation don't give two Sh*** about anyone or anything. And they certainly won't have anyone telling them about manners....

    My mother and father taught me manners! It's very easy to spot those who haven't been taught...

    And I certainly wouldn't bring food to be consumed at a dog park, very good point!

  • Kevin Paglia posted at 2:55 pm on Thu, Mar 28, 2013.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 2106

    Actually dog parks are for humans to bring their animal companions with them. There are many sports that take place there. Trust me, the dog parks are not a coach's first choice but sometimes it is the only field we can find. Over the years I have had many practices there and a couple times a season a dog running wild runs through the practice and starts jumping on the kids. The scariest was a pitbull mix who was aggressively going after the 8yr old girls kicking a soccerball I was helping coach. I had to use my body several times to knock the dog down before it tackled a girl. They were freaked. And the dog owner was at the fence talking with a friend. She finally came running after I had grabbed the dog by the collar and was dragging it away from the girls.

    Dog parks don't give anyone th right to let their dog harass any of the other park users for ANY reason.

  • Todd Oesterman posted at 2:52 pm on Thu, Mar 28, 2013.

    Todd Oesterman Posts: 18

    And while we're on the topic of parcs and separation of the species . . . let's keep those dogs out of the Lodi Lake Nature Area! Thank you!

  • Ed Walters posted at 2:38 pm on Thu, Mar 28, 2013.

    the old dog Posts: 637

    Mr. Kindseth: You do have a way with words. Keep in mind that the poster`s writing concerns a dog park. Never the less it is the owners responability to clean up after last nights dinner appears at the dog park. A Dog Park is essentially for dogs, humans come in second. As a rule the public at large, who do not own a dog will stay away from what transpires at the park. It`s main purpose is for dogs, not little children or for the playing of sports, like the old saying goes, proceed at your own risk, and let the smell be your guide. You have to be a hard core dog owner to put a load of poo in a bag, especially if the bad is to small. Joanne does.[wink]

  • John Kindseth posted at 6:12 pm on Wed, Mar 27, 2013.

    John Kindseth Posts: 245

    Stepping in doggie dootie is repulsive, disgusting, and filthy. Why should the public have to deal with such "crap". It is the owners responsibility.

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 8:22 am on Wed, Mar 27, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Excellent letter, Ms. Lea. I could have written this myself as both of these subjects have become a problem lately at Vinewood Dog Park.

    I am always amazed when I see people walking and children running blindly around the park when it is not advisable to take one step without having your eyes glued to the ground in order to avoid the land mines that seem to have multiplied greatly of late.

    About a month ago I noticed an older couple that had set up their camp table and chairs in the middle of the field. A line of dogs sat in front of the table and the wife was busy trying to shoo them away. As I got closer, I noticed they had paper plates piled high with rotisserie chicken and potato salad. No wonder they had a captive audience!

    And one other no-no - it is never a good idea to bring dog treats to the park. If one is using them to train their dog, it is best to do this when no other dogs are present.


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