A picnic mess

A picnic mess

Dog owners not the problem

Editor:

Re: Bad masters dog good ones, Aug. 23 letters.

Editor:

Re: Bad masters dog good ones, Aug. 23 letters.

As a dog owner, I am attuned to the banter back and forth about dog owners who do not pick up after their dogs.

Considering the number of letters that are written on this topic, one would think this is a rampant problem.

On any of the warm days back at the beginning of May, the walkway at Crescent Beach would be crowded with people walking their dogs. As I rode my bike along the dyke, evening after evening, I purposely watched to see what kind of a mess would be left behind by so many dogs. I saw nothing.

I believe this problem is being blown out of proportion these days.

By far, the majority of dog owners pick up after their dogs. Most of us always have a bag in our pockets, and I have met many dog owners who pick up bits of garbage along the way, as well.

If people want to complain about something, I would suggest an even bigger problem – the mess left behind by people.

I simply shake my head at the garbage I see strewn around nearly anywhere I look. Somehow, the people in our city have come to believe that picking up their mess is someone else’s job.

Isn’t it time everyone, not just dog owners, clean up after themselves?

I am attaching a photo I took early one morning of a picnic table at Crescent Beach.

And yes, after I took the photo, I cleaned up the mess. After all, my pockets always have bags in them.

Linda Mehus-Barber, Surrey