Monday, August 31, 2009
AWFUL. All around the gate O.P.P. Seriously, it's the worst I've seen in Military Reserve area. I had several bags with me and used them all. This is BIG NASTY poop. Not like you can't see it.
On the positive, there were 2 women walking 6 dogs AND they were very polite and dogs were very under control. Only saw 1 leash but they were very well organized for such a large group.
margie & i were out again yesterday, thought we'd just tidy up some......... and before we knew it, we had this much opp..... nearly as much as 2 weeks ago, all very close to the trailhead (and poop bags, and trash can). off leash access is a privilege, not a right. in most cases and in most places, things are much improved. all user groups are getting the message about being polite, dog owners are better at following leash laws and, in many places, picking up. i know it's always worse this time of year. red fox is another prime example. every monday, after the weekend warriors are out, the trail is nasty.
i know i'm preaching to the choir here, but we need to figure out a way to keep reminding people that they need to pick up. just because we haven't yet lost access doesn't mean that we won't.
anyway, i will be out with extra bags & extra time tomorrow to clean up along red fox & chickadee. busy this morning- 13 folks with dogs (just think, if each of those people picked up 2 extra piles the trails would be in great shape....) and 5 without.
most dogs leashed where necessary- except for one who was evidently swimming with the ducks & frogs in the fenced off flood retention pond. the owner was leaning over the rail doing the fishwife scream. a move i am very familiar with thanks to tara ra bouvier. it never did work very well, and i always felt kind of stupid once i realized what i was doing, but it's hard to stop yourself when you need your dog to come back & they are blithely ignoring you. this is why i vowed to have dogs with recall this time around. (thanks paula! you rock!). there was one other dog off leash in the on area- a husky running with her owner. running on heel and not bothering anyone or anything.
otherwise, the dogs we passed who were leashed were also in a heel and we all passed just fine on the trail, no fuss, no muss.
Friday, August 28, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
10 without dogs, 8 with. had the lovely experience of walking by 3 other leashed dogs and everyone behaving just fine. when no dogs are lunging it makes a huge difference.
echo got a little snarly with keene, maybe b/c i had him right next to me & he's a bit protective. or maybe he's just a jerk. but i am very comfortable that he is not dog aggressive- paula pointed out if that was the case he would go after every dog. i've had that corroborated by a few other experts. he's just noisy and grumpy. and we're working on it.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
what a sunrise!
Monday, August 24, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
pups glad to be out today. 10 without (about 5 groups of bikers) and 5 with. everyone polite, following rules.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
I got a call from a foothills user who is not a dog owner, but was dogsitting this weekend and took the puppy on leash on the Seamans Gulch trail. She said most dogs were onleash and the two that were off leash were in voice control and stayed close by their owners. She only saw 2 piles of dog poop near the end of the trail. It was a very good experience compared to previous experiences she's had witnessing improper dog behavior on trails. I asked her if I could share this with you and she said sure.
it is so great to get this kind of feedback, and wonderful that this person bothered to call with a compliment!
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
the sky was almost turquoise. i know that i shoot from this same spot almost daily, but i love it- and the owyhees were especially visible this morning.........
Monday, August 17, 2009
there was plenty of old poop (no, it doesn't just break down & go away- not very quickly, anyway), trash- including lots of broken glass down the hill to the right of the trail shortly past the gate from the bogus entrance. we picked up as many large pieces as we could, but there's plenty left to cut paws up.
here's the haul from the trailhead off bogus. the lower trailhead from the parking lot wasn't nearly as bad.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Hello! Had a lovely hike at Military Reserve today. Picked up more poop. Again, in the middle of the trail. One pile was high up on the ridge. :(
On the positive, Kenai, Jacklean and I met a wonderful Corgi who's owner leashed her when she saw us and asked if it was ok to unleash her when we got close enough to chat. Corgi was so friendly and very well behaved - as was the owner! Most everyone we encountered today was friendly and thanked us for leashing up and stepping aside.
We crossed paths with a lizard today too!
I posted the link above in case anyone knows anyone or is interested in the animals in the article.
wonderful swirly clouds