I am a proud owner of an obedient Labrador Retriever and an owner of a home in Hoboken. I am a tax payer like everyone else in this community, therefore I have every right to take my dog wherever I please.This rule about not being allowed to take my dog on the grass or in the waterfront park is outrageous. I am a regular pooper picker upper, and I understand that it is the parents of Hoboken who are preventing us (dog owners) from playing with our dogs in the park. Let it be known that all dogs need a good amount of exercise, and running around a filthy gravel dog-run is not sufficient.
Well, I have a bone to pick with the city! If the parents are so worried about their children or even themselves stepping in poop, then I think the community needs to fix up a few things for our dogs. They are a part of the community too!
First, I am tired of all the trash on the street. My tax money is going to street cleaning and sidewalk cleaning, but with every walk I take, my dog picks up trash that is scattered along the sidewalks. Even our most popular street (Washington St.) is cluttered with trash from the stores and restaurants. Instead of giving us tickets for playing in the park, you should be giving tickets to these businesses and residents that do not know how to close a trash bag. Also, I am tired of local bakeries throwing out loaves of bread for the birds. Again, when I take my dog for a walk, she is always picking up and eating bread, which is not healthy.
Why not try this--allow dogs in all the parks on the grass to run free during specific hours of the day. During these times, take two or three of the numerous police officers to watch and make sure that all dogs are picked up after, and distribute tickets to owners who do not obey this rule. Parents may have the option to stroll in the park with their kids at these times or battle the trash on Washington Street. Why not? We do.
An unfairly treated dog owner