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antithesis
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by antithesis on May 19th, 2009

I'm with you. I love dogs but have had some bad experiences with dogs off leashes.

I run the trails around Mueller often and almost always see dogs running loose. I also take my 5 month old for walks in a stroller and get nervous when I see dogs off leashes with owners trailing far behind them.

One day we were walking and saw a German Shepherd that looked like it had gotten loose b/c there was no one near and he was just running through the neighborhood. That's not something I want to encounter with or without my infant son.

Dog owners - please keep them on leashes in Mueller and the parks. I would suggest one of the Town Lake (Lady Bird Lake) parks if you want to let your dog off it's leash.
 
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Hon
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by Hon on May 20th, 2009

Although there are alll these city ordinance and 311 tools, it seems to me very diffiicult to enforce. I don't think it is right to let the dogs running free in the public areas. I also don't think it is right to let the dog bath in the lake. I am thinking about the COPs program (see an article on the Spring 2009 The Front Porch Flyer). I bike every day in the park and on the streets. I don't mind to become a volunteer of COPs. With the authorization of the Home Owner Association and the City, volunteers would patron the neighborhood and issue friendly reminders to those who violate the rules. The only problem is that COP's is an "non-confrontational" program. I don't know issuing frinedly reminders would fit that definition.
 
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kaylinbooker
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by kaylinbooker on May 20th, 2009

I love seeing dogs off their leashes and am always hoping they'll run over so I can play with them. If you see me in the park, send your pup my way! I agree that there should be a dog park.
 
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hectoranddebbie
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by hectoranddebbie on May 20th, 2009

I, too, love to see dogs having fun with their people, especially playing in the water. I don't think there can be any harm done by allowing them in the lakes. They can't catch any of the ducks since they can't swim that fast.

Most of us with four-legged "kids" know our dogs and know whether or not they will be aggressive, whether on or off the leash. Ours actually have some doggie friends that we see often enough that they recognize each other - what fun! I sure wish we had an enclosed leash-free area as I fear letting mine off the leash, though they would love it.

Not to mention that I don't want a $200 ticket...

 
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John Guest
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by John Guest on May 20th, 2009

After the thread about violence at Ella Wooten Park and the thread about cute, little, chubby dogs whose cousins sometimes threaten humans when they're minding their own business and the dog owner is rude and thoughtless enough to take them sans leash to a leash-only park, I stood at my front porch this evening with my trusted spouse and our dimwited and rambunctious dog trying to decide whether we go left to make my gruff presence known around the basketball court or to go right to Lake Park to enjoy the calm serenity of a walk around the Lake at sunset.

Caught between gruffness and serenity, I trudged right to enjoy the Lake Park. It was a delightful walk. The wife and I made it a point to say hello to those whose paths we crossed. Unfortunately, our friendly greetings were difficult to sustain when some people intentionally avoid eye contact or just plain ignore a greeting. Most people would smile and return the greeting. Then we encountered a young mother holding her toddler in her arms and playing with - you got it - a leashless dog.The leashless dog spotted our leashed, but clueless one, took an aggressive stance and began to growl just as its owner (with child in tow) quickly grabbed her dog by the collar.

I kept walking, but said to her directly and without emotion, "This is a leash-only park." She looked surprised and with sarcastic inflection responded, "I'm sorry, SIR." My trusted spouse gave her a look that I've grown to understand to mean, "He may be direct, but he's right none-the-less."

I love dogs, too, but it seems that some people have chosen to ignore the fundamental rules of sharing community space. My solution was to say something calmly and directly.

Next time out, I will turn left and if I have to say something to someone engaging in unruly behavior on the basketball court, I hope I will have the courage to speak calmly and directly to them. I hope we all will.

 
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meg_and_austin
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by meg_and_austin on May 20th, 2009

Nicely put, JAGSAT. And good for you for speaking up.

The bottom line is this: it doesn't matter how much you love dogs, and it doesn't matter how well-behaved you think your dog might be, you're required by law to have your dog on a leash. Period.

- Austin
 
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Rod
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by Rod on May 21st, 2009

As someone who grew up in a rural area where our german shepherd loved to run and run and run--I fully agree with Austin and John (i.e., JAGSAT). Mueller is not a rural area. If you think your dog needs to run without leash, you (currently) need to go somewhere else than Mueller, and an objective reading of the many posts that display strong concern about dogs running free at Mueller (joggers, folks with newborns, folks with their own dogs on a leash, etc.) should one would hope, make that obvious to all.

Where we lived in Chicago, there was a "dog's beach" where folks could bring their dogs and let them romp in Lake Michigan! That was a legal beach, and had been "mapped out" for that purpose. Well, we don't have that! If some people want "non-leash space" at Mueller, make a plan, propose it, and see if it is adopted or not at Mueller in future planning.

-Rod
 
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danx111
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DOGS - Dog parks - PARD wants to hear from you
by danx111 on May 21st, 2009

from January post on the RMMA dogs group:
Response from PARD:

On behalf of our Director, Sara Hensley, thank you for your email regarding a potential off-leash park. Your concerns are important and I would like to take this opportunity to address them accordingly.

The Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) is aware of the need for more off-leash opportunities east of I-35. Shortly upon completion of the Department’s Long Range Plan for Land, Facilities and Programs (Spring 2009), we will be focusing heavily on locating future sites throughout the city to help reduce the overuse of existing off-leash dog areas as well as provide a variety of locations that can meet the needs of our growing city. PARD has established off-leash guidelines to determine the best locations for sustainable sites and avoid any potential conflict of users. There have been various sites of interest identified and PARD will explore them thoroughly.

Again, thank you for your email and for sharing your ideas. Should you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact our Park Planner, Jenna Neal, at (512) 974-6790. Ms. Neal will be happy to assist with any questions you may have.
 
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Lorrie
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by Lorrie on May 22nd, 2009

On a different note, I would like to thank all of the responsible dog owners who clean up after their dog. I have seen two dogs doing their thing on my lawn and their owners quickly cleaning it up. Thanks for keeping my lawn clean!
 
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misselaine
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by misselaine on May 28th, 2009

I am torn about this issue as well. I have two dogs, that are 98% of the time on leash. However, we have taken them down to the lake, the lake on the east side, not the main lake. There is normally no one there, except other dog owners that have done the same. I don't see the harm if you keep an eye on your dogs and no one without dogs is around. I also like to throw a ball for my dog by the basket ball courts. I also try to do this when no one is around, which is usually late or early. I have not had any problems with any unleashed dogs, yet, fingers crossed. I also have noticed that people seem to be pretty good about picking up after their dogs. This is much appreciated!
 
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