Dogs on leash on Coalmine Ridge
Original post made by caeol jacobs on Jun 9, 2007
on Jun 14, 2007 at 2:54 pm
I too have lived in Portola Valley for a long time, 38 years. First of all, as a man, I am afraid of dogs that are not on leash, so your sexist comment about women being afraid of unleashed dogs is way out of line, for someone who eludes to being so open minded.
Dogs are a nuisance, and those of us who don't want them around have that right too. your analogy between Dogs and Cars is ad hominem, and makes little sense.
Bottom line, domestic animals are just that, domestic. and Dogs are the most domestic of them all, please keep them on your property.
on Jun 15, 2007 at 11:44 pm
Why is the public asked to compromise when someone is breaking the law? It is against the law to walk your dog off leash, period unless in a off leash area. The analogy to drivers is ridiculous. Obey the law people. You love your dog, great, don't disrespect the law.
on Jun 19, 2007 at 6:03 am
I have a small dog that I would love to walk on Coal Mine ridge. But I do NOT believe the existing law should be changed. There are so many trails where my dog and I are both allowed that some trails should be left to people alone. Before a vote is taken, there should also be a survey of the current illegal dogs on the trail to see if the dogs' owners are Portola Valley residents or (as I was for many years) non locals looking for a pretty place to take their dog out.
The law is fine the way it is. I have known people who were either attacked by dogs defending their turf (which included the public road) in residential Portola Valley, or bowled over by "friendly" dogs on trails. I do not think people should be run off coal mine ridge because of their legitimate fear or antipathy toward dogs.
Dogs are not taxpayers, and Portola Valley residents who do pay taxes and do not want to be harassed by dogs should have some trails where they can enjoy themselves.