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Snow angels, dogs and pink flamingos

Posted: November 29, 2011 - 12:03am

Scents of the season.

Wake up and smell the turkey Juneau!

It is 7 a.m. Tuesday morning and I have already contemplated making a snow angel, snowshoeing Perseverance, or skinning and skiing Eaglecrest.

Why only contemplated?

Let’s harken back to the Thanksgiving Day Douglas Island Turkey Trot at Savikko Park.

What a morning that was!

The aroma of turkeys roasting in neighborhood ovens, the scent of cool crisp air in the pines, and that tiny undertone whiff of something rather potent, pungent and then putrid.

Is the poop scoop ordinance lifted in winter?

The race was well attended. Families with small children running hither and yon, grandparents showing grandchildren how to make those snow angels and then it began.

A steady four-pawed presence of waist high beasts that were neither tethered nor trained. Runners forced off the trail as canines and masters refused to give parry to the path that had been made by those entered in the race.

I realize that dogs mark territories… frequently. However, there is a difference between “marking” and “nuclear catastrophe.”

There is a difference between picking up after your dog and letting the snow softly conceal the dietary plan you feed your dog. Do we just kick leaves and gravel over our four-footed friend’s sweet summery seasonings? We are not supposed to.

I asked a certain public official if the poop scoop courtesies are suspended during the winter months and the official wasn’t sure.

“But it is a matter of good taste and being a responsible pet owner,” the official said.

I am not singling out those Douglas do-wrongs. It was a city-boundary-wide occurrence in the recent snowfall.

“Yay! Fresh snow. Go poop Fido, go boy, go!”

There is no easy way to check the bottom of your shoe in public without drawing attention to the fact that you have been victimized by someone’s carelessness and thoughtlessness in the field. And, unfortunately, it is only when you get indoors and the warmth of the holiday spirit melts the chill that the smell becomes apparent. And then you look back at your footprints in the dainty virginal white snow… and see the brown and black tread marks that will lead you back the way you came.

Pink flamingos.

The seasonal migration of the pink flamingo is upon us. Don’t be alarmed. These birds won’t nibble the buds from your winterized gardens or bite into your super-watt LED Christmas lights.

These neon beauties are actually the work of the Juneau-Douglas High School hockey team and assistant coach Matt Boline.

Boline came up with the idea as a fundraiser for the Crimson Bears and to highlight this week’s games against visiting North Pole. Seriously, if Santa is bringing a hockey team into town to play our boys I want to see that! And I’ll support that, heck it didn’t take much for me to stick pink flamingos in my college dorm room 30 years ago, and I am still just as cool now as then, at least my former dorm mates and teammates tell me so.

Another positive note: Plastic pink flamingos don’t leave excrement on your snow!

Up the Wazoo!

As Alaskans we kind of pull for the teams in the Emerald State. Well, the Pac-12 awards came out on Monday. Stanford’s Andrew Luck won the offensive player of the year and first year Cardinal coach David Shaw was honored as the league’s best coach.

Luck is only the fifth player to win his award twice. He threw for 3,170 yards and 35 touchdowns, breaking the Stanford single-season record he set last season.

Shaw replaced Jim Harbaugh and has the fourth-ranked Cardinal (11-1, 8-1) ready for a second straight BCS bowl.

California linebacker Mychal Kendricks won defensive player of the year. Southern California wide receiver Marqise Lee and Oregon running back De’Anthony Thomas shared freshman offensive honors.

USC linebacker Dion Bailey was awarded freshman defensive player of the year.

As for Washington State and the University of Washington, no Cougars or Huskies were harmed in the writing of this article and will, hopefully, be represented in the all-conference team selections.

Nor, I have been told, has Luck or Shaw’s dogs visited Juneau’s snow this season.

Middle of the pack.

Tonight is the last scheduled match up of the season for the Floyd Dryden and Dzantik’i Heeni hoopers. They are not quite high school material yet, but they are ready to show off their games at the DZ gym in preparation for their travel to Ketchikan on Thursday. After that the teams host the Hooptime Regional Tournament Dec. 7-10.

I have heard there will be a middle school snow angel contest so please keep your dogs at home.

Chapter 08.40

The city and borough of Juneau’s chapter 08.40, Restraint And Sanitary Disposal Requirements, of the municipal code makes a few points. Such as: a dog’s keeper must have immediately available an instrument intended to be used to remove any fecal matter left by their dog and a suitable container in which the fecal matter is to be stored until properly disposed of; must immediately remove all fecal matter left on leash law property; and shall show these removal items and containers to any animal control officer or enforcement agent upon demand.

Leash law property is a head turner but includes all city and borough floats, docks, municipal wharfs; public school grounds; streets, sidewalks, public and private property within the central business district; and a bevy of boundaries and imaginary lines that most dogs love to cross.

I am not sure what the penalty is for improper restraint and sanitary disposal. I believe it requires the keeper to make a large snow angel.

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