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Re: “Dog Park Divides Lake Merritt

@lbert's post was copied to me on Facebook so I thought it was only fair to copy my response here:

"Well Cheryl, I am not so sure how fair it is to respond to someone else's posting ("@lbert") when they can't see it but since you've copied it here I will proffer one. Yes, there are some bad dogs. There are also some bad humans. In fact, far more "bad" humans doing dangerous things than there are "bad" dogs causing individuals harm. There are some dog parks where bad behavior pervails. There are also some human only parks where nefarious and illegal behavior (by fellow humans) is frequent and common. Does this mean I will vehemently protest the designation or creation of any park specifically for humans? No, because that would be silly.

Also, I used to frequent Hardy Dog Park daily (and at varying hours) so you can take my word for it (or not) that "actual dangerous dogs in the playground" is very uncommon and rare and I have never personally witnessed it. And I've been there from the hours of 9:00 am through to the late evening. There are two individuals who regularly bring their dogs there and play with them off leash, outside the park. One is a very small dachshund (about 10 pounds would be my guess) and the other is a cattle dog mix owned by a homeless man who is very frequently staying in the basketball court area. Now let me ask you Cheryl, are these problems the function of the dog park? Consider this: there is a dog park right next to where these individuals play with their dogs off leash, yet they refuse to use it. This seems like a behavior that exists independently of the dog park and could occur in "Astro Park" or in ANY park because these individuals clearly do not respect off leash rules, period. So while I agree that this behavior is offensive, annoying and illegal - please tell me what this has to do with a dog park?

Posted by burnedherb on 03/24/2011 at 5:15 AM

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