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The Grateful Dogs of Juneau held our monthly "poop scoop" at Sandy Beach in Douglas on Jan. 7, followed by our monthly meeting. To our dismay, we found that there was considerably more to attend to at Sandy Beach than we had anticipated. (Our wish is always to find nothing to pick up, of course.) We thought maybe it was time for a gentle reminder to some of our fellow dog walkers that we need to be responsible for our canine pals, who can't flush, and pick up after them at all times.
While our observations and reports from other trails users tell us that the situation is much improved over what it was a couple of years ago, the "proof" is out there that not all dog walkers are exhibiting responsible, considerate behavior. Folks, it doesn't matter if you are in your own neighborhood, or out on one of our local trails - if Fido conducts business, it's up to you to see to it that "it" is removed so that other people don't step in it, bacteria doesn't enter the water and the transmission of canine diseases is controlled. All of these are valid reasons to stick a couple of plastic bags in your pocket when you go walking (or pick up one of the bags the city generously supplies at many local trailheads). Keep an eye on your dog, and if the situation presents itself, do your "doo-dy" and pick up what your pet has left behind.
If all dog walkers would perform this one simple act, complaints from non-dog-loving people we share the sidewalks and trails with would be greatly diminished. So, for the sake of everyone in our community, don't look the other way. Please act with responsibility and caring for your fellow folks, and pick it up. And to the many dog owners who are picking up - thank you. Your efforts are being noticed.
If anyone has any questions, concerns, or suggestions about responsible dog walking in Juneau, or would like to join Grateful Dogs of Juneau, please contact us. We hold monthly meetings, poop scoops and dogs walks and welcome all new members. Happy trails