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Picking Up After YOUR Dog

Original post made by Park Walker, Valley Trails, on Apr 3, 2009

My wife and I have been walking around the Sports Park and have noticed that most of the dog owners DO NOT pick up after their dog. A lot of them pretend to do it but a lot of them DON'T. Please be courteous to others and do start picking up after your own dog. How would you react if you accidentally step into one. Oh yes, if your dog does it on the concrete walkway, please DO PICK UP!

Where is the police when you need one!

Concerned Pleasanton Resident!

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Posted by resident
a resident of Downtown
on Apr 3, 2009 at 11:01 am

These are the same dog owners who take their dogs into the farmer's market (prohibited by health code and posted) then they take them into stores that serve food (I have personally seen them in Coldstone and GourmetWorks) and finally take them into restaurants. All of these things are forbidden by health code but dog owners are "special" and the rules do not seem to apply to them. Murphy's Paw even sells "purses" that are designed to allow people to carry around pocket dogs without being noticed. I was eating in a downtown restaurant when a purse started moving and barking. The restaurant owners need to stop this, they can be fined or shut down. I know that pets are very special to many people but they are not humans and should not be taken where they do not belong. And yes, many owners allow them to use any public place as a bathroom. My front lawn included. Next time your dog leaves a pile on my lawn you better watch your back, cause your dog's excrement may just come flying back at ya.


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Posted by Parent of Two
a resident of Val Vista
on Apr 3, 2009 at 11:19 am

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Don't assume the Sports Park crowd is the same as the restaurant/farmer's market crowd. Most of the former are residents, most of the latter are not.


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Posted by PToWN94566
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 3, 2009 at 11:21 am

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This happens everywhere in Pleasanton parks. I think the last time a similar thread was made I stated about the park behind Safeway is always full of dog poop. I've even seen a neighbor who's house backs up to the park, take his dog out of the back gate, to the park, and let the dog do it's busy without picking it up. I've seen this more than once, especially when the weather is nice out. My thoughts have begun to form ideas of picking up the poop, putting in a bag, and leaving it on their doorstep with a nice little note saying "Clean up after dog- they don't have the necessary abilities to do what humans can."


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Posted by Another Gatetree Resident
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Apr 3, 2009 at 1:18 pm

As all ready stated, don't assume the Sports Park folks are the same as those all ready complained about in relationship to downtown.

Frankly, I don't take my dogs to either place. They find the people and the left over dog-shit a little too much to take.


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Posted by Steve
a resident of Parkside
on Apr 3, 2009 at 3:17 pm

Thanks for writing about this issue. We walk our dog daily in the Sportspark and just bring a couple of plastic bags to clean up after her. There's lots of garbage cans out there, so there's no excuse except that some people are just slobs. Makes you wonder what their house must look like.....
In addition, lots of 'special' dog owners let their pooches run wild through the park, as though the leash laws don't apply to them. (elitists?) Some dogs are well behaved and under voice control and many others are not. It's not the dog's fault....it's their untrained ignorant owners. Sure would be nce to see some enforcement, with penalties that include mandatory training...for the owners.


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Posted by bel
a resident of Val Vista
on Apr 3, 2009 at 9:35 pm

I've seen people allowing dogs to go on the Donlon School lawn and sidewalk in front of it. Its really disgusting.

The cops are not around even to see the people driving through the crosswalk talking on their cellphones, doubt they will bother looking for rude dog owners.


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Posted by TBF
a resident of Country Fair
on Apr 4, 2009 at 1:50 am

I completely Agree! Like Steve I have two dogs and their leashes are equipped with little baggie holders incase I need to clean up after them. It's not rocket science and it's not difficult. To bad common sense and simple decency has to be regulated. Also, the poop should be picked up off the concrete, walkways AND grass! The kids are out playing sports and little ones running around in the parks as they should be. How disgusting to have to clean (you know what) off yours or your childs shoes and anywhere else it gets tracked around.


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Posted by resident
a resident of Downtown
on Apr 4, 2009 at 9:19 am

I stand corrected on the difference between "park dog people" and "farmer's market dog people". It is probably correct that they are a different group overall. Thanks to all of you responsible pet owners who do not think that the entire world is your dog's bathroom.
I cannot resist telling a very funny story about a dumb human who thought their dog was really their baby. I was on a plane next to a woman with a "baby" wrapped in a blanket and tightly held. I am allergic to pet hair and wondered why I was having a terrible reaction to a baby. Then I saw the "baby" stick it's nose out of the blanket and the "mommy" just looked and me and motioned for my silence. Ha! I notified the flight attendant who told the pilot who called the police who arrested the moron afer we landed.
There are places your animals do not belong and they should not be brought -- stores, restaurants, farmer's market and anywhere else if you do not pick up after them.


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Posted by JL
a resident of Mission Park
on Apr 5, 2009 at 1:51 pm

I stopped taking my dog to the Sports Park because the amount of dog poop and the smell was just too much, even for the dog! It is really difficult to find a place to walk the dog in Pleasanton without dog poop. Even when the city provides "pick up" stations many dog owners still do not pick up after their dogs. I have a neighbor who lets his dog out every night after 10pm to use the neighbors' front yards. I'm going to leave a bag and note on his porch next time, thanks PToWN94566


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Posted by Another Gatetree Resident
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Apr 5, 2009 at 4:43 pm

The brown paper bag gift on the doorstep works. I did it with a note that simply said, "I believe this belongs to you -- sortof."

Solved the problem.


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Posted by Stinky in Vintage Hills
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Apr 5, 2009 at 7:52 pm

It's everywhere folks! I think there were no less than 8 piles as I walked up Crellin and down Arbor and through the park yesterday. The smell after the grass is mowed at the Sports Park and our neighborhood park in VH is unbearable! C'mon dog owners, show some courtesy please!


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Posted by Pooplessinpleasanton
a resident of Country Fair
on Apr 5, 2009 at 9:29 pm

I've always been concientious about cleaning up after my dog, so when I once ran out of "doggie" bags midway through a recent walk at the Tennis Park, I became horrified about leaving behind a "chocolate surprise" from my 10-pound pooch. What to do? It took five seconds to come up with a solution... Turns out that a large wood chip from the mulch at the base of a tree, when combined with a small pile of leaves, was just as effective as the bag would have been -- and it's 100% degradable. :) Woof.


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Posted by Susan
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 5, 2009 at 9:48 pm

The police don't enforce that law, or the one about smoking near store doorways. What's the point of laws if they're not enforced? They also don't enforce crosswalk laws. It will take a child getting killed before we see a Pleasanton police officer monitoring the crosswalks around the schools. Are you all aware that children get hit by cars, don't tell their parents, and the drivers drive away after asking the kids if they're okay? In the very small circle of kids I know, I know two who were hit by cars and didn't tell their parents.


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Posted by Parker Walker
a resident of Valley Trails
on Apr 6, 2009 at 12:23 pm

I am glad to see all these comments! It's nice that we were not the only ones seeing this problem!

How can we as citizens of Pleasanton get the police to do something? It seems that "J-walking' tickets are more important to them than enforcing the 'leash' and 'pickup' laws. Maybe we should point that that there is more money to be raised from giving out tickets for these violations than 'J-Walking'!!!!

Thank you for all of your comments!


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Posted by PToWN94566
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 6, 2009 at 8:46 pm

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I suggest the PPD hire people specifically for poop patrol. Kind of like the meter maids but for the poops.

Who truly knows what can be done, but I just think it's an issue that should be brought to light for this city. It's gross when I'm running across the lawn at a park with my nephew and feel something squishy under my sandal.