Reader Mail: Careless dog owners

1/24/2008:

Yep. Sorry folks, another dog-related story. What can I say? It’s a doggie-filled town!

Today’s reader mail segment comes from a responsible dog owner who thinks they should be able to walk through Columbus Park without fear that some off-leash wild mutt will attack your harmless four-legged friend.

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“I can’t believe this and wanted to let you know in case anyone else has had the same problem. I walked my dog last night at Columbus park and a dog off his leash came running over. A couple of seconds later he attacked Woody, my dog. I had physically restrain the other dog from causing damage to Woody. The owner came over, put the leash back on and walked off without saying a word. I eventually had to shout at him (with a few curse words) to make him stop. I asked why he didn’t say anything and to my amazement he said “sometimes it happens”. Eventually he apologized, but he did not seem to care. I don’t know what upset me more, the incident or his attitude.

Thankfully my dog was not injured, but that really isn’t the point. It’s not a dog park and dogs should be kept on leashes. I feel bad for all other dogs that behave in a safe manor in the Park. Woody is a much older, placid dog and has never attacked another dog. I would certainly like to be able to walk him in the park without this happening again. Looks like I need to find another Park.

Concerned dog owner.

I have to say I agree with this reader.

Going into a designated dog run, and having two dogs “not get along” is one thing, but having this happend walking through a park on a leash is unacceptable.

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84 Comments on "Reader Mail: Careless dog owners"


bradykp
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bradykp
7 years 6 months ago

[quote comment=”64721″]DOG SHIT OFFENDER 7:20pm monday approx 30yr old guy in grey or black wool coat walking a good sized (20lb?) black/white boston terrier on 1st/Garden…dog squeezed out 2 turds as i was walking toward the guy, he very quickly pulls the dog and starts walking. i stop and ask him if he’s going to pick up after his dog? he says “yeah sure” and walks away. 1st between bloomfield and clinto is one long stretch of dog shit and this guy is one reason! does anyone know of a black/white boston terrier in this area? if i had the time to follow him home i would have carried the dog’s shit and rubbed it on his front door and door knob. who is this person? you dog owners must know who it is?[/quote]

i’m further down 1st, but i haven’t seen him around. i’ll say something if i see it.

bradykp
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bradykp
7 years 6 months ago
[quote comment=”64395″]If you’re answering me, then you read my post wrong. However, would you want your baby crawling around in the grass where people let their dogs poop? I wouldn’t. My dog goes on the curb or in the street. It’s called “Curbing Your Dog” and it’s the law. If you teach your puppy when it’s young to GO ON THE CURB OR THE SIDEWALK, that’s where he/she will continue to go. Look lady, I am a dog owner. I am mortified when my dog has diarreah but I am sure glad he’s having it in the street, and not the grass where unsuspecting people are going to be walking, or kids will be playing. Is that so hard to understand?[/quote] i grew up in northeast Pennsylvania. Not on a farm, but in a residential community. I never knew what “curb your dog” meant – even when I saw signs at school or in NYC, or elsewhere. People that have dogs in suburban communities – well their dogs usually do their business in the front or back yard. and where do the people’s kids play? you guessed it – in the front and back yard! everyone is such a friggin germaphobe these days. i’m not saying we should slop up hoboken, but the precious babies are breathing in toxic fumes and pollution of all sorts just from living in hoboken, and you’re that concerned about a little dog crap residue? clean up after your dog if you’re a dog owner.… Read more »
The Pope Of Hoboken
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The Pope Of Hoboken
8 years 6 months ago

I agree. The majority of dog owners are solid, but there are some inconsiderate ones.
Having your dog off of a leash in a Public park is just obnoxious. These people seem to have the misconception that they are ‘The Dog Whisperer” or “Dr. Doolittle” and operate on a higher level with nature than owners who abide by the rules; i.e. keeping your pooch on a leash and cleaning up after your pooch. Keeping your dog on a leash is a rule for a reason, mainly because it helps promote civility in a Public Area. Not everyone is a dog lover, but those people have just as much of a right to use the park as dog owners. If you have a problem keeping your dog on a leash in a city park, or can’t perceive the basis for it, then you simply aren’t a solid citizen.

rustypickle
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rustypickle
8 years 7 months ago
Bornandrazedinhobo is nothing but a slanderer and a quasi stalker. He or She is extremely misinformed. The two dogs in question are a maltese and a bichon. Both dogs are Canine good citizens and are extremely well trained. Both dogs are walked with leashes 90% of the time. The large dog only goes #2 when he is on the leash. The maltese goes #2 on occasion off his leash. He always goes to the bathroom whether it’s a pee or poop in the street. The 10% of the times the dogs are off there leash is extreme morning or night. Both dogs are trained to go to the bathroom and come back in the house. On the occasion that the maltese goes #2 in the street it is always picked up! I have never left dog pooh anywhere around hoboken. I certainly wouldn’t leave it in the street in front of my house! My dogs have never bitten or caused any problem in town. Bornandrazedinhobo has sent me a nasty annonymous letter in the past. So, I couldn’t talk to him or her and express these concerns he, or she might have. I’d like to know why he/she is spying and taking pictures of me. I’d like to know what this person has against well trained little dogs. In conclusion, i’d like to reiterate that in the 10% of the time that my dogs are off leash and go to the bathroom. . .100% of those times the #2 is… Read more »
elainetyger
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elainetyger
8 years 7 months ago
The best was when I was walking home with my dog just in time to see some bimbette about to let her dog pee on my front steps. I shouted at her something like “no! don’t let him pee there!” and she gave me a dirty look but quickly left. Like because I have a dog that means I’m going to be as irresponsible as she is and ok with her dog pissing anywhere it wants. Accidents can happen with any dog, especially very old or young, and you just do the best you can, but crikeys, try to keep the dog towards the curb instead of between you and the stoops if it’s a watering can. Also, I have seen the people with the 2 dogs mentioned in #76 and have never seen the dogs off the leash, for what it’s worth. Assuming for the sake of argument that you’re telling the truth, have you tried speaking to the people personally (and if that doesn’t work, talking to them with the community police officer for that block) before publishing their personal info with these allegations? You’ve taken finding their info from either going down to county records or subscribing for a hefty fee to tax records to now their name and tel# being the first hit on a google search of the address, even without quotes. That’s just not cool. Go to the health inspector or whatever with your complaint and report the results, or tell us in the… Read more »
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