We love to get outside with our pets. Hiking trails, parks, the beach, anywhere we can take them, we want them with us because they’re not just pets, they’re family. It’s difficult to understand how non-pet-owners react to our enjoyment of our best friends, isn’t it?
One thing is for certain, though, if we want to expand the places that are pet friendly, we as pet owners have to be willing to do our part. In years gone by, no one thought anything of letting Spot out into the yard (or the neighbors’, or the park) to do his business. Now, not only will you earn the scorn of your Homeowners’ Association or neighbors, but you could end up with a stiff financial penalty as well. And doing so in a public park, even a dog park, will earn you an even stiffer fine.
The way we avoid this is to keep our pets on a leash unless in a Dog Park or Run and to utilize Pet Waste Stations and waste bags. Our pets’ waste is the number one complaint from the general public. And really, can you blame them? Who wants to step in it, or see clumps of it littering the bases of trees in parks, or on the beach?
You might counter that it’s natural, fertilizer, perfectly normal, but in fact
pet feces contains pathogens which are harmful to humans. The NRDC advises not using pet waste in composting either, because the temperature that the feces must reach to eliminate the pathogens isn’t high enough in composting.
Most parks and municipalities now offer Pet Waste Stations. If we as owners all use them and are respectful of those without pets, our faithful family members will gain a lot more acceptance.