Divided on ... Dogs?!

Jul 25, 2018

To the Editor:

As I’ve been reading the letters about dog walking, I feel compelled to join the conversation. Many of us have lived here and also owned dogs for a long time. It seems to me that perhaps it’s maybe a few bad apples who are ruining it for all of us.

It’s a shame our small communities are becoming divided, just like our country. Perhaps because of social media, it seems everyone is expressing what they hate instead of sharing what they love. I would have hoped we could be better than this, but we are not.

For heavens sake, people all over the world have been walking dogs forever! Personally, I’ve only lived here full-time for 18 years now, but I have walked my dogs happily for all of those years … until now. If I do venture out now (just on my own street, straight down the middle of the road) I feel self-conscious. Are people watching me? OMG, what if my dog pees? Or worse yet, the unthinkable?!

And in the winter months, people who don’t live here post videos from their surveillance cameras to show someone had the nerve to come near their property with a … D O G. How can we fix this so we can co-exist peacefully? I’m not sure. I would think common sense would be the best, but that doesn’t seem to work here, I guess because of those “bad apples.” I sure wish there could be a happy medium so everyone would be happy.

When I used to walk my dogs, we would walk on the side of the road (there are no curbs or sidewalks). They would do their business on the edges of properties. Poop would be picked up immediately and taken with me. I think in other neighborhoods where there are sidewalks, you’re allowed to be on the strip between the sidewalk and the street. OK, I’m not positive so don’t yell at me. Oh, and my dogs do go in my yard. I can’t help it if they have to go again while we’re out.

Did you ever go to a store with a little kid? They always have to go! Sorry, I am rambling. Anyway, I end this letter with no solution.

I still love my town, and I am so thankful for being able to take one of my tiny, sweet pups with me to a few places. My pups are now officially couch potatoes because we’ve stopped walking in the neighborhood and they’re too small for the dog parks. I’d be afraid to take that chance with larger dogs. Please know we are trying our best to not offend anyone.

Pat Oliveri

Beach Haven West


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