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News - June 21, 2013

Letting the dogs out

Palo Alto dog owners form group to lobby for greater share of public space

by Sue Dremann

A group of Palo Alto dog owners want the city to create an open area in a park for frolicking, off-leash dogs.

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Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be emailed at sdremann@paweekly.com.


Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 21, 2013 at 8:37 am

I am not a dog owner at present, but have lived with dogs much of my life.

I think it is about time dog owners were given better facilities to allow their dogs to run offleash. A well exercised dog is much better behaved than a dog who only gets exercise on leash or on hard surfaces. Every dog should have the opportunity to catch a stick on grass - not dirt.

I wish the best to this dog owner group and hope to see some better use made of our parks for dogs.

Posted by South PA resident, a resident of Midtown
on Jun 21, 2013 at 1:07 pm

Greer Park has a pathetically tiny dog run, it's so small a large dog can hardly turn around in it!!!

I always thought it was an opportunity for dog owners to have asked for the newly landscaped area of Greer Park adjacent to the frontage road to H.101. Unfortunately, not nearly enough dog owners stepped forward to lobby for it, so that was a big opportunity missed.

Perhaps that section of Greer Park could be opened up to dog owners from 8:00 am - 10:00 am, I never see anyone walking or using that newly landscaped area of Greer Park, which I walk by regularly.

Posted by Anonymous, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 21, 2013 at 5:06 pm

When the local dog owners quit leaving their dog's crap on my yard and sidewalk, I'll be more inclined toward a proposal like this.

Posted by No dog park, a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Jun 21, 2013 at 11:51 pm

According to my vet, dog parks expose dogs unnecessarily to parasites. They also endanger unaggressive dogs by allowing socialization with bigger, stronger, more aggressive dogs whose owners are not in good control of them. Many small or shy dogs have been injured or killed by large aggressive dogs who mauled them in a dog park, while the owners stood by helplessly.

If your dog needs exercise, walk or run them on leash, throw the ball for them in your back yard, but do not take them to a dog park!

Posted by David, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 22, 2013 at 12:25 pm

An off leash dog area in Open Space is a bad idea. Arastradero Preserve has a history of coyote vs domestic k9s for several years now. There are other hazards such as rattlesnakes, grey foxes, skunks and there is the ticks. The baylands would be even worse with federal protection of nesting birds for most of the year. Bad idea.

Posted by The bad owners outweigh the good, a resident of Jordan Middle School
on Jun 23, 2013 at 1:30 pm

Why should we spend our money on dog owners? So many of them completely disrespect our property, trespassing onto our private property to leave dog feces and urine stains, filling our PAUSD playgrounds with dog feces. Feces is not safe for humans. If it were so safe, why don't dog owners pick up the feces with their bare hands? Our children step in the feces and fall on the feces but these dog owners think it's okay? Many dog owners are so lazy that they will not use dog parks anyway because the nearest PAUSD site is closer to their home.

Why was there an ordinance enacted about owners picking up their dog's feces? Because so many weren't doing it otherwise.

And many owners blatantly allow their dogs to run off leash in our parks and school grounds, which is against ordinance also.

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