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The Dog Days of Summer

Alameda native Judy Judy ("I married Mr. Judy, that's why") gives us a piece of her mind Fridays on Alameda Patch.

I took my dog, Cocoa, out for her evening walk, like I do.

I walked by a man standing on his front porch saying goodbye to two women who I can only assume were his daughter and granddaughter. (They all look to be about the right ages, anyway.)

I passed them, gave a short but friendly smile, and continued walking, like I do.

Getting ready to cross High Street, I was not paying the slightest bit of attention to their conversation until I heard, or felt, rather, words cast in my direction.

At first, I only caught the last part of his sentence. “…just s*it on my lawn, didn’t it?”

Confused, it took me a second to realize he was talking about me. Just as I was thinking it, his “daughter” said, “What?” He repeated himself, loud and clear this time, just for me, “THAT DOG JUST S*IT ON MY LAWN, DIDN'T IT?”  

For the record, my dog, Cocoa, had done no such thing.

Last summer, I passed by a sign in the yard of another neighbor about two blocks away from where I live that read, You Can P*ss Here If I Can S*it On Yours. The sign was highlighting a yellow stain on his grass by the curb. The sign has since been taken down. 

We got Cocoa from the , and, like most dogs, she has to go for a walk twice a day. We do frequent the , but, unfortunately, we can’t make it there twice daily.

So, like every other dog owner I know, we pick up her poop and carry it back home with us. The pee? Well, I can’t do much about that, but I do make a conscious effort to avoid houses that have No Poop signs in their yard.

Again, I hear you, Alameda. I know this is a really touchy subject. I actually thought the No Poop sign was a great solution because, as a dog walker, I knew to avoid those houses.

I know all too well that lots of owners do not take responsibility for their pets' waste. So hear my plea, pet owners, pick up after your companions.

I want to think that abandoned doggie land mines are the main complaint and not that Alamedans hate dogs so much they are willing to throw down profanity left and right. Save that for people who really deserve it. Like your husband or kids! 

As hypocritical as it may sound, I can’t say I love it when dogs leave offerings in my yard or yellow circles on my lawn. But I also don't like it when cats use my flower bed as a litter box or when birds bomb my car. (I also don't like it when my kids leave their toys all over the yard;even Cocoa doesn't do that, but that's another story.)

I do, however, like seeing people walk their dogs around the neighborhood. I like it that my kids know the different cats that live on our block and I can't imagine not waking up to the chirping birds in the morning. It feels friendly, sociable and down right neighborly. I think it’s a good trade-off. What do you think?

Donalda July 13, 2011 at 07:46 PM
Your anger is showing and it is leading you to make unfounded assumptions about me based on no information. Perhaps a step away would be appropriate at this time. Anger and compassion are not compatible life choices especially when we are simply discussing something as mundane as poop in all of it's many varieties.
a94501er July 13, 2011 at 10:16 PM
There you go again: Alameda's non sequitur emeritus!
Mark Irons July 14, 2011 at 04:47 AM
I consider taunting insults from anonymous blog trolls to be as unwelcome as anonymous dog turds on my lawn, maybe more so. Dogs are dogs, but humans should have better sense. I have too many friends who are pet lovers to go beyond annoyance with dog or cat pooh ( yeah the cat pooh too. My drought tolerant landscaping can turn into one stinking cat box. Then there are all the dead song birds). But all things are relative, and "compared to what", these nuisances aren't that high on my list. But I wonder about the need for pet shelters, because as an avowed non pet owner I have never been responsible for a pet going to a shelter. Doesn't that require an irresponsible "pet lover" of some sort? In terms of relativism I look at the uproar over the shelter closing and then I think of "bush meat" in Africa, the movie "Mondo Cane" which famously showed puppies, snakes and primates being served as food, and I just can't excited about the pet shelter issue. I'm more concerned about earthquake preparation for example, when the serious sh*t hits the fan.
Alameda Resident July 18, 2011 at 07:23 AM
As long as dog owners pick up the poop, I'm OK with a little peeing on my lawn. I'd way rather have dog pee on my lawn than bird poop on my car. I hope none of you complaining about dog poop are owners of outdoor cats.
Jennie Van Heuit May 02, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Donalda hit the nail on the head: if you don't want dogs wandering onto your lawn to poop, save your "Pick up after your dog" sign money, and put in a short fence. I'm a responsible dog owner who picks up after her dogs, yet sees loose dogs pooping where they will. No amount of signs will avoid that, but a fence could.

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