Dogs, law, control. Is it sustainable?

Is controlling “nature” even sustainable in Hoboken?

I’ve had dogs at various stages in my life. The most (important) now, is the Hoboken411 Mascot Oscar. My companion through the 1.3 mile square, and a celebrity in his own right (he’s taken a break from the mohawks for a few weeks). But as we progress the ~37 linear miles of roads in Hoboken, and him, being a species of different genetics (and not ruined by greed, ego, power and control), I wonder why human-inspired laws benefit anyone. Like pooper-scooper laws, “curb your dog” laws, leash laws and every other “controlling” mechanism out there.

For one, I think of these “curb your dog” debates that happen in communities across the country. Many even try enacting all-out bans on certain dogs. Why, exactly?

Dogs have been a huge part of human culture for thousands of years. They really are “man’s best friend!”

But for some reason, society has all of a sudden become hateful towards these wonderful working and loyal beings!

Anyway, here’s Oscar sniffing out a small patch of grass recently. What am I supposed to do yank him the minute he starts peeing? You ever try stopping? It stings! How inhumane!

Oscar finds grass in Hoboken NJ

6 Responses

  1. Mitch Ultimato says:

    Oscar is doing exactly what a dog should be doing in this picture, peeing in a patch of grass. But we’ve all seen dog poop in the middle of a sidewalk and it’s those owners who are causing the problems. Move your dog to an area where no one will step and then clean it up, or give up the dog to someone who is responsible.

  2. xxrjxx says:

    Are you suggesting that in Hoboken, dogs should not be walked on leashes; curbed; waste shouldn’t be picked up? Coming from a person who loved his dog, I’m not sure you’re being broad brush stroke in your perspective.

    The banning of dogs is a bit more contentious–but the prevalence of bad breeding, or breeding of particular dogs for fighting or aggressive characteristics (e.g. pit bulls/Staffordshire Terriers)–even I’m not going to say these shouldn’t be banned. An alternative to this would be to require insurance liability policies for owners of these (at least this approach would give these dog owners a choice…).

  3. HansBrix says:

    Face it, a good number..a sufficient number… of dog owners are complete selfish and lazy shitheads who will bend and break the rules whenever they think they can get away with it.

    We see it, and step around it (if we see it in time), and peel it off the insides of our recycling bins REGULARLY. These “’controlling’ mechanisms” are the only thing standing between us and country-wide canine chaos and crapapolooza.

    And some dog owners feel SO ENTITLED to bad behavior and get so put off by non-dog owning push back that they resort to immature, even toddler-like, antics such as pulling up the plants in front of Muller Insurance.

    As long as LAZY, SELFISH, and APATHETIC (and occasionally CRIMINAL) idiots possess dogs, which will be forever, dog laws will be absolutelyfuckingnecessary.

  4. homeworld says:

    What is wrong with pooper scooper laws? If dogs should be allowed to crap on the sidewalk and the owner shouldn’t be held responsible for cleaning it up, then why can’t people crap on the sidewalk, too, while they’re at it?

  5. h4sbilc says:

    This is one of the dumbest posts I’ve ever read on the internet.

    No curb your dog laws? Really?

    I love dogs and have owned them my whole life. But I understand that not everyone else loves dogs. It is not hard to be courteous of others: Pick up after your dog. Keep him/her on a leash. Not that hard.

    Its not the government trying to control you H411. Its common decency.

  6. hobofromme says:

    Someone on another site, was wanting to know why stores wouldn’t just allow dogs that are well behaved in their businesses. This person didn’t like tying his dog up outside.
    Some stores have fragile merchandise that a dog knocking against a display table
    could be disasterous. Dogs also respond to things differently that humans do,
    and what we think is a lovely display could be seen as threatening or aggressive to a dog.
    Why would any business want to alienate customers who may dislike or be afraid of dogs?

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