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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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