Now that spring is here and summer is just around the corner, my favorite thing to do is walk. I have already spent time strolling or race walking downtown and through Riverfront Park but with one drawback, dog feces, all down the sidewalk, for blocks. Unless this was a stray dog with a bad case of diarrhea, this should not happen. No one wants to step over crap all day long just to get around town. If you are in a sticky situation that makes it difficult for you to take care of yourself, maybe you should not have a dog. If you hate your pet, cannot handle them, do not have the money to care for them, or refuse to pick up after them, give them to someone who will. Shouting curse words at your dog, calling them dumb, or that damn dog, threatening to leave without them, smacking them, and dragging them by the collar makes you look more out of control then your dog. Then, all you’re going to do is get yourself reported and possibly spend time in jail. Not everyone is meant to be dog owners so if this is you, do not even go down this road.
I give kudos to those who are responsible dog owners. You love them, train them, take them to the vet, spend time with them, and pick up after them. You really care about their well-being. You understand that caring for animals is almost like having children. They depend on you for everything. Just as parents take a bag of baby items on outings, you know you have to carry needed items or tools with you to properly care for your dog. You are mindful about how you and your dog may invade others space. Thank you.
Below is a list of dog parks and links to pet friendly places, but you, as the human owner, are still responsible for your dog, its behavior, and its waste. If you walk your dog to “do its business” somewhere else besides on your lawn, put yourself in others shoes. If you do not want your dog’s feces or urine in your yard, no one else wants to deal with it either.
Spokanimal Dog Park at High Bridge Park
163 South A Street
Scraps Dog Park
2521 N. Flora Rd
Unofficial South Hill Dog Park
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Dog Owners, please:
- Carry gloves and a plastic bag
- Scoop up your dog’s feces
- Act appropriately with your dog, in public and in private
- Follow your city’s leash laws
- Take them to local dog parks
- Take them to the vet
- Love them, train them, and spend quality time with them