Doggie parade on Lyle
I am not sure when our street became a dog leash park but there are no less than 15 dogs on leashes daily parading past our home on Lyle Street. The owners look nervously at the homes along the block to see if anyone is watching as they let out the leash line so their precious pet can choose a spot to kill the grass by letting loose their bladder or bowels.
Most owners carry the required poop-and-scoop sack to perform the obligatory task of bagging the deposit. But some throw the bag on the boulevard around the corner the first opportunity they get.
Is owning a pet all about exercising the pet or using the neighbourhood to allow the pet to use any property it chooses to perform its functions and then be dragged home as quickly as possible to avoid having the owner make eye contact with anyone?
A framed sand box in their own yard would be a good start and then walking the pet might even be called exercise for the owner and pet.
I do not know these people as they do not live nearby. Nor do I know the irresponsible pet owners who use the grounds at C.D. Howe school as the favorite dumping ground, assuming that poop-and-scoop is not required.
That children play on these grounds does not seem to matter to those who ignore the weather-worn signs that state no dogs allowed on school property. Fido can’t read so his conscience is as clear as his bladder.
I have maintained the grass behind our home since 1966 in an effort to be a good neighbour with the school board, only to give up this year as I have no desire to step in dog feces. I pity the children playing in it.
Is there a solution to this problem? Perhaps the pet owners can come up with one.
Perhaps they could also stop dogs being let loose at night to drop their supper in back yards around the neighbourhood where home owners must clean it up before allowing their children and grandchildren to play in the yard.