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Should dogs be allowed in San Mateo County parks?

Original post made on Sep 8, 2017

San Mateo County prohibits dogs in its parks, with certain exceptions. For nearly a year, a 10-member committee has been examining that policy and now invites the public to comment on its proposed guidelines.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, September 8, 2017, 2:48 PM

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Posted by whatever
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Sep 8, 2017 at 2:54 pm

Thanks for telling us about the meetings of Sept 6th & 7th.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Thanks for the catch. We deleted those dates.


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Posted by resident
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Sep 8, 2017 at 2:56 pm

I think dogs should be allowed everywhere that horses are allowed. Too many scofflaw dog owners let their dogs run off-leash and terrorize children or poop in children's playgrounds.


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Posted by Kate
a resident of another community
on Sep 9, 2017 at 7:11 am

I have long wished that dogs would be allowed in more parks, like Edgewood for example. I became a dog owner thinking I'd have a companion to go hiking with, yet very very few places allow dogs at all. I'd prefer to let my dog off leash but requiring owners to keep a dog on leash is a simple compromise. I'm a responsible dog owner who has a well-trained friendly pup and I ALWAYS pick up after him. I'd argue the majority of us are respectful of park rules and we'll often stop and talk to another if we see someone not doing so. Thanks for the topic.


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Posted by MP Resident
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Sep 9, 2017 at 9:19 am

I'd like to see the line held on dogs, until there's better enforcement overall.

The parks that allow dogs (e.g. parts of Windy Hill) always seem to have dog waste and dog waste bags left by the trail. There are frequently loose dogs in Burgess chasing the waterfowl and small children, despite leash laws (which seem to never be enforced, even in front of the cop shop). People bring their fake service dogs to the Safeway on a regular basis, despite basic hygiene standards (and common sense) telling us that their emotional support yap dog does not belong at a grocery store (if you can't handle buying groceries without fluffy because you're too badly traumatized by having to read a book you disagreed with, pay 5 bucks for delivery)


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Posted by Upyard dog owner
a resident of Woodside: Skywood/Skylonda
on Sep 9, 2017 at 9:28 am

Start with the basics - no dogs in diners or stores.

Enforce leash laws.

Can't believe most if us carry our gigs feces yet others let them crap everywhere.


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Posted by Peter C
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Sep 9, 2017 at 8:06 pm

Yes allow dogs in the parks, but have heavy fines for people who do't clean up after their dogs!


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Posted by whatever
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Sep 11, 2017 at 6:31 am

I'm with MP Resident. Allow seeing-eye dogs for the truly seeing-impaired. But service dogs and other animals for the emotionally impaired in stores and libraries etc is taking it too far. There are plenty of adults and children who are afraid and even terrified of dogs and allergic to dogs. Put a stop to it.


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Posted by SteveC
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Sep 11, 2017 at 2:56 pm

SteveC is a registered user.

I think people should be kept out of the parks. People with dogs like leaving deposits behind. A leash? What's that??


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Posted by Catherine
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Sep 11, 2017 at 6:18 pm

Catherine is a registered user.

Having been attacked twice once in a home and once by the San Francisquito Creek where the dog should have been leashed (the dog tore a hole in the arm of my jacket and the owner told me the dog wasn't going to hurt me and just wanted to play), sorry but I am very scared of dogs and I am not looking for encounters. We hike quite a bit so I am concerned about this. If you take the survey in the story, you will see that the County is suggesting one option where someone could bring up to 3 dogs! Do these people hike? Most trails are much two narrow for two people plus three dogs to boot.


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Posted by Hiker
a resident of Menlo Park: Fair Oaks
on Sep 11, 2017 at 8:25 pm

Please maintain the current dog restrictions. Wunderlich is a joy because of dog exclusions, and Windy Hill is a disaster. Many dogs have the ability to be dangerous animals (I have scars to prove it), and owners seem to ignore leash laws. Dogs @ WH are mostly off-leash despite the rules. Until they can demonstrate excellent compliance do not even consider expanding allowances. I frequent Wunderlich specifically *because* dogs are not allowed as it thus feels like a safer space.


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Posted by Downtowner
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Sep 11, 2017 at 9:08 pm

If ever bitten, get the owner's name & report the incident. CA civil code 3342 covers penalties to owners. Dogs that bite more than 3 times in CA be euthanized.


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Posted by Come On
a resident of Menlo Park: Fair Oaks
on Sep 12, 2017 at 12:25 am

Agreed, far too many people abuse the service dog laws, simply because they are not enforced. No different than the people who abuse the handicap parking laws. Unfortunately we live in a society where there is a me first mentality, at the expense of those who need these services. Shamefull! Our parks are a shared resource, those who see them as nothing more than a toilet they don't have to clean should required to clean up those same parks for a year!


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Posted by kapi
a resident of Menlo Park: South of Seminary/Vintage Oaks
on Sep 12, 2017 at 1:13 pm

Can we restrict horses? It is SO unpleasant to be hiking along and come across a large area of horse poop. I think MOST (albeit not all) dog owners do clean up after their dogs--but what about horse owners? At least could they shovel it to the edges of the trail? Basically, it boils down to this: Use common sense! If you bring your dog, keep him/her on a leash, for the sake of those who may be fearful. And if you bring any animal, clean up after it. The trails can be for everyone--dog owners and non-owners alike. Sheesh.


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Posted by Pink
a resident of Woodside: Woodside Hills
on Sep 12, 2017 at 2:01 pm

of course dogs should be allowed in the parks and of course people need to pick up after their dogs. This one is a no brainer.We all pay taxes and so we should all be able to use the same amenities.


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Posted by No children either
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Sep 12, 2017 at 3:45 pm

I can't believe that children aren't banned from the County parks too. They leave behind dirty diapers, they trample the plants and disturb the wildlife. Nothing is more annoying than seeing a child come running on the trail cutting corners instead of staying on the switchbacks. Have you seen the trail erosion they cause? They will also pick up rocks and throw them! Once I was almost knocked down by one of these children in a park when it wasn't paying attention, and these children also scare the horses with their jumping and screaming. I just want to hike along in a public park and don't want the peace and quiet disturbed by unruly children. Maybe when parents have learned to control their children it might be okay, and sure maybe not all parents leave behind dirty diapers or garbage on the trails but we can't take ANY chances. Ban the children, until the trails can be better patrolled by the rangers. Signed a Dog owner who has tongue firmly planted in cheek.


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Posted by Yo dawg
a resident of Atherton: other
on Sep 12, 2017 at 3:59 pm

Pink - you get to use the same amenities as other tax payers. And non taxpaying folks.

Your dog, however....


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Posted by Yes dogs
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Sep 13, 2017 at 6:00 pm

Do you think if dog owners had more places to walk or hike with their dog(s), that the impact on any one park would be less? Of course! And would people hike more? Yes!!! Healthier, happier people (and pets).

We don't prevent people from driving on roads because SOME people ignore the driving laws. Parks should be the same. Most speeding and cell phone use is never ticketed. Still have to let drivers drive. Most people obey the laws in parks. Don't forbid all people with pets because a few don't obey the law. That's ridiculous.

Go fill out the survey.


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Posted by Louise68
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Sep 17, 2017 at 1:57 pm

NO!! A thousand times NO!!

Please read what Sophia Christel wrote so eloquently and so well in the Guest Opinion in today's edition of the Palo Alto Online (Sun., Sept. 17, 2017):

"Why leash laws? There are plenty of good reasons"

Web Link

And please read the comments. Thanks!


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Posted by Dog owner against it
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Sep 18, 2017 at 11:34 am

Uh, that would be a HELL NO from this happy dog owner. I have a degree in wildlife biology and understand the problems that even leashed dogs pose when they are introduced into a natural setting like our county parks.
Sorry my fellow dog owners, but its for the greater good of all. See you at the dog park though!


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