From the desk of the Publisher

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Defecate Etiquette

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Steve and I have had dogs pretty much since we first were married over 30 years ago. Right now we have just two – Bear and Kona – but with all the hair they shed you would think we had a dozen.

I love to walk our dogs though sometimes it can be challenge when I try to take both out at the same time. Bear weighs over 70 lbs. and especially since I broke my wrist I’m not as secure as I was in being able to rein him in if something catches his eye and he wants to take off. Kona is a great walker, though. He typically stays close to me when we walk and rarely gets agitated if he sees another dog coming his way.

Being a responsible pet parent, I always have a doggy bag (not the kind from restaurants) available if the dog has the need to “go.” I have no hesitation in quickly scooping and then going on my way. But I saw a sign on the lawn of a home – “No Poop/Pee Zone” – while walking Kona that slowed me in my tracks.

I already have the doggy bag for weighty deposits but what of the liquid kind? What, if anything, is my responsibility when my dog lifts his leg? First off, I thought that was a natural thing that animals did to mark their territory. I would think that instinct would be particularly strong here in the foothills where there is such a wide variety of animals that roam our neighborhoods. But with the drought and the restriction in the number of days that we can water our lawns – and perhaps wash away any remnants of dog visits – maybe there’s an additional responsibility that pet parents have in making sure that absolutely no deposits are left behind. But I don’t like the idea of yanking on Kona’s collar.

And what about weighty deposits left on non-private areas, like along the grassy area near the wash? Unfortunately there is already a bunch of trash in those areas as it is; should a dog owner be responsible for picking up dog messes there too?

I definitely don’t want to be irresponsible, but am sort of at a loss at what my role is. What exactly is expected of pet parents?

Feel free to send me a note with your thoughts.

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Robin Goldsworthy is the publisher of the Crescenta
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1 Response for “From the desk of the Publisher”

  1. VJ says:

    A friend shared with me your July 16, 2015 post relative to “Defecate Etiquette”. I’m the owner of that sign and proud of it ! While many pet owners pick up after their dogs, the majority would continue walking. For several years, I had to clean up dog poop, having burned grass spots from pee, and cleaning my lawnmower from dog poop when inadvertently mowed. What’s worse, my lawn happens to be the first open space on the block if you’re walking west to east (Ramsdell towards La Crescenta Ave) which explains why I was getting more dogs wanting to defecate on my property. The more dogs stopped and left their scent, the more dogs are invited to do the same. I was cleaning poop on a daily basis; sometimes several mounts at a time! No homeowner should put up with that and every homeowner has the right to protect and defend their property against tresspassers that are being nuisance.

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