Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
in the off leash area, we encountered a gal talking on her cell with a young yellow lab trotting down the trail in front of her. i made sure she saw me leash up. she continued to talk on the phone & made a half hearted attempt to call the dog, who ignored her.
i screwed up- should have kept walking, but i didn't. so i dropped halle's leash when i became clear that the lab was staying loose. halle jumped up to play, the pup grumped, echo & i walked by & the woman said "sorry, sorry"- may have still been on the phone. no problem, but she did know she should have had her dog under better control.
when we got past her i noticed that her sweatshirt had the name of a local dog walking company on it. note to self- never call that company to walk my dogs. not enough attention being paid. (i don't get the whole talking on the cell phone thing while out enjoying nature anyway, but that's just me, and a whole different tangent!)
most of the people in the park have dogs with them.....
Monday, September 28, 2009
speaking of traffic- found these on chickadee. not used to seeing horse sign on these trails- for a while i thought i was seeing some odd shaped running shoe heel, but it looks horsey to me.....
not sure what these red stemmed things are- probably some horrible noxious weed- but they sure are pretty, especially with the yellow rabbitbrush.
we've been encountering a guy (and sometimes a guy & a girl) who run with a golden. the dog stays on the trail ahead of them & seems very nice. i'm sure the owner wonders why i dive into the bushes with my dogs when i see them approach.
there are lots of reasons that people get their dogs off the trail. in this case, i know how halle gets when she starts racing around and i don't want her tripping runners. she is a big girl & doesn't look where she's going. 90 plus lbs at perfect knee height slamming around- not so good.
she & echo play really rough- body slam, grab each other's necks, chew on hocks, dash around. another reason i keep them back. when i explain the rough play thing to people with small dogs they tell me their dogs can hold their own. well, maybe not so much if that big heavy paw lands wrong.
i have friends whose dogs have been attacked and are therefore, understandably, a bit touchy. (both the person and the dog) in some cases, the other dog's owner was asked to control their dog, didn't and then professed shock at the result.
my bottom line is that i know and understand my dogs, but i have no idea how a stranger's dog is going to act. or the person for that matter. so it makes sense to me to control what i can. which usually means getting my dogs out of the way & asking the other dog owner to control their animal. after we see the dog & owner a few times that can change.
anyway- been having that conversation a lot lately- about clueless owners who see no reason to control their dogs. it isn't necessary for all dogs to meet & sniff and play. dog parks & doggy day care are well suited for that sort of activity, the trails are not. what's important is to respect each other's space, regardless.
if you're a dog owner who doesn't want every dog coming up to you, don't be afraid to ask people to control their dogs. it's a process of education.
camel's back empty in the morning light.
I was hiking military reserve this past week and was very disappointed with all the dog poop not being picked up. I really don't enjoy my hikes much withsmelling that the entire hike. Just a reminder if you have dogs please pick up the poop it makes hikes more enjoyable for everyone. Thank-you!
A very nice, polite request for dog owners to just take care of business. (pun intended). If anyone can help with yet another clean up of MR it would be appreciated.
Friday, September 25, 2009
here's the opp (and trash- water bottle, power bar wrapper, energy gel packet) that i chose to pick up today. and i do feel much better knowing that the trail is cleaner. this from the trash can at the top of the pond loop to the one by the water "towers".
and these (tho i told myself i was going to stop there, i didn't) from that trash can to the one where chickadee ridge comes down.
it was a beautiful morning. nice & quiet. and the light is just fabulous this time of year.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
in preparing for the meeting, i did some googling and found out some interesting things.
the ickiest headline by far was "it's not just on the lawn, it's in your drinking water"
this link is pretty informative, with lots of facts from all over, including:
LIPA USA Reports “3.6 billion pounds of dog waste/year is produced in the United States alone, equaling 800 football fields, one foot high. This is a hidden health issue that no one wants to "touch" as approximately 50 million registered dogs in the United States produces more than 5,000 tons of waste daily.”
one fascinating find was that dog owners in ithaca new york are composting waste from one of their dog parks. if the experiment works they may be able to sell the end product and raise money. read about it here. the seattle zoo sells zoo doo for garden compost. sounds like this may be usable for deep soil work, and in flower gardens.
i found another blog, beingstray.com with a dog owner & stray dog feeder who has set up a dog waste composting station on their property. read about that here.
we talked about adding pet stations, as that does seem to help. i asked for plastic tubes that we can fill ourselves on the trash cans farther in where there are no bags.
if any of you have any great ideas, please pass them on. and in the meantime- doo the right thing!
have a great day!
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
it would be nice if all dog owners carried bags with them, but the reality is that isn't how it works. the easier we make it for people to doo the right thing the more likely they will. i would like to see pvc bag holders added to the trash cans along the trails. we could fill with plastic bags and i bet more poop would be picked up.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
dogs always seem happy to be on trails they haven't seen for a while- lots of new smells to investigate.
the city views are great from this trail.
the other thing i like about it is that it's not very busy, and i usually run into mt bikers who are usually quite friendly & nice, as was the case today. 5 bikers/ groups of. one guy riding with his dog. he & i had a nice chat while our dogs visited. he asked if it was ok for his girl to come up to my dogs, which is great.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
the sunrise certainly obliged with beautiful colors and cloud formations.
love the rabbitbrush! fall is my favorite time of year, and blooming rabbitbrush (along with golden aspen leaves) means fall.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
not many photos today, as most of my time was spent picking up opp. 2 grocery bags full. again. red fox/chickadee loop. i wonder if i do more harm than good by staying on it, but then i read posts like g-dawg's below & think probably not. sigh. at least we're heading into the time of year when trails see less use.
the dogs enjoyed their outing, as usual.this guy was singing for us on the way out of the park.