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National Parks Against Doggies

February 2nd 2012 7:12 pm
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I wrote in my diary awhile back about the threat to our off-leash dog areas here in San Francisco by the National Park Service, who are taking over management of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA). If you live in California (or even if you don't), you can help us protest their most recent abuse of power:

Take Action: Protest the Use of a Taser Against a Dog Walker Join the call-in day on Friday, Feb. 3!

This week, a Montara resident who was peacefully walking his dogs at Rancho Corral de Tierra open space was shot in the back with a taser gun by a GGNRA ranger. Eyewitnesses have reported that the Ranger was not being physically threatened in any manner by the unarmed person who was being detained and issued a ticket (see eyewitness account below). He was walking two 11-lb. terriers, one off leash.

Please call GGNRA Superintendent Frank Dean as well as U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein and Congresswoman Jackie Speier to protest this use of excessive, unwarranted force!

CONTACT

* GGNRA Superintendent Frank Dean
Tel. (415) 561-4720. Email: Frank_dean@nps.gov

*U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein

Tel. (415) 393-0707. Web email form: https://www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/e-mail-me


*Congresswoman Jackie Speier
Tel. (650) 342-0300. Web email form: https://forms.house.gov/speier/webforms/email_jackie.shtml

Want to call more public officials about this incident? Click here (http://www.eco-dog.org/get-involved/be-heard) for contacts for local, state and federal elected officials TALKING POINTS

I insist GGNRA management initiate a full investigation by an independent group with complete transparency about the events and circumstances of this incident, and to:
▪ Conduct formal interviews with all witnesses and others who were at Rancho Corral de Tierra at the time.
▪ Immediately cease all ticketing of people walking dogs at Rancho Corral de Tierra.
▪ Allocate reasonable space for off leash dog walking at Rancho Corral de Tierra, where it has been allowed for decades.
▪ Disclose guidelines for use of force and how Rangers are trained to handle dog walking violations.
▪ Disavow any harassing, hostile or abusive behavior by GGNRA personnel toward people walking their dogs at any GGNRA park unit.

ENDORSERS

DogPAC of San Francisco, Ft. Funston Dog Walkers, ProDOG, Save Off Leash Dog Walking in the SF Bay Area, SFDOG and others

MORE INFORMATION

Below is an eyewitness account of the incident that was circulated by the Montara Dog Group:

Yesterday my husband and I walked our two border collies on the cement trail of Ranch Corral de Tierra. On our way home a woman walking her dog told us to leash our dogs because a park ranger was handing our citations. So we leashed our dogs and we encountered a man in his late forties with his two little dogs (no bigger than the size of a beagle) being cited by a park ranger for not having them on a leash. Since we had never seen a park ranger during our 7 years of walking our dogs there, we asked her why she was patrolling the area. She quickly responded that the area was now under GGNRA control. The man she was citing had already leashed his dogs and provided her all his personal information. He asked her if he could go home and she said No. He than asked her to provide him a ticket or tell him why he couldn't leave. The park ranger was very rude and told him he could not leave until she heard by from her base but didn't tell him what she needed to hear from them or why he was being detained. After ten minutes the man asked her again to let him know why he could not leave or just cite him but she gave him no answer. My husband even asked her why she was not letting the man go on his way and she told him to stay out of it. Eventually, the man just started walking in our direction so he could go home. This really upset the park ranger and she told him to stop and that he could not leave. Once again the man asked why and just told her to give him a ticket or let him know if he was being arrested. Note that he had already leashed his two small dogs and was puzzled at the fact that he could not leave. Since she did not respond as to why he was being detained nor tell him the type of jurisdiction she had over him, he started to walk away and she told him that she would tase him if he walked another step. The man replied that he had a heart condition and to not taser him as it could be life threatening. He gave her his back to look at me and my husband in disbelief to what was going on and the park ranger fired her taser at him. The poor man fell to floor and you could see that he was in a lot a pain. An elderly man was walking right by the man when he got tasered and luckily the passerby was not hurt. It was completely incredulous to see what was going on over two small dogs that were not leashed. About ten minutes later the sheriff came and hand cuffed the man. He asked us to take his dogs home and tell his wife what just happened. We heard ambulances on their way and believe that instead of going to jail (for doing nothing) was taken to a local hospital.

 

Furst Adventure of 2012

January 30th 2012 10:15 pm
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At my house you can tell when you're about to go on an adventure. Fur one thing, I get my brushing really early in the morning. Also, daddy gets the travel bag out of the closet, the bag that holds my special leash and all my treats! Mommy gets her camera, and the water bottle that's usually strapped to my crate. Put it all together, and it adds up to -- car trip!

Today we went to my mommy's favfurite place so she could do her favfurite thing, which is going in and out of shops. This place is nice, because most of the shops let me go in, too! There are lots of doggies in town, and lots of hoomans who like to pet us! When mommy and daddy stop fur lunch, that's when daddy starts pulling treats out of my bag. The best one is a really yummy chew that lasts a really long time! After lunch we went in all the shops mommy missed befure lunch, BOL!!! I sniffed so many sniffs and met so many doggies and hoomans, I can't even remember them all! I'm worn out. ZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzz..........

 

My Gotcha Day!

January 2nd 2012 10:52 am
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My Gotcha Day was yesfurday, Jan. 2. It was a dark and stormy day six years ago, I woke up as usual with my mommy and littermates, and then these peepole came and bundled me up and took me fur a long ride in their car! I liked them, and they liked me, and the rest is history!

I had a wonderfur day yesfurday. Daddy didn't have to go to work, so we lounged around on the couch watching football while mommy put Christmas away. Then we went fur a jog! I got a petometer fur Christmas from my BFF Lexi and her fambly. It looks like a bone. It hooks on my collar and tells daddy how far we run! We ran 1.72 miles. Daddy runs slow, BOL!!!

My pal Tiki threw me a pawty at an aquarium where we could walk around underwater and all the fishies swam around our heads! The food was pawsome, too! Look at my cake!

I also got lots of rosies and photos and gifts from all my Dogster pals! Like this,
cake from my pal Peek-a-Boo!

I can't put evfurrything in here, but I want to thank
Walker and his fambly
Suzy Q and her fambly
Mr. JackFreckles
TJ, Sox and their fambly
Jolanda and Jojo
Abby
Thunder
Fizzy
Abbie and her fambly
Sunny
George
Mazy
Droopy
Dino and Angel Buddy
Whisper
Chauncey, Al and their fambly
The MN Gang
Anya
Tiki
Coco Rose and her fambly
Mini and Kiki
Whitney
Lexi, Monnie and Roscoe
Harley and Jazzi
The Divine Miss B. and her fambly
Buttercup
Tiki and Colossus
Buddy, Maggie and Peanut
Bailey
Demon Flash Bandit and Angel Zoom Smokey
and Zaidie, who sent me this to prove that chocolate is more sustaining than MEATZ!

I don't think I missed anyfur, but if I did, just bark and I'll fix it! Thank you all so furry furry much fur making my day so special! I have the best pals on Dogster!!

 

Christmas Day!

December 28th 2011 8:51 pm
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So after Christmas Eve comes Christmas Day! I got up furst, because I always get up furst. Daddy gets up with me, but this time mommy got up as well! After my business walk, there she was in the kitchen making hot chocolate! Daddy read from his favfurite book, the part about shepherds and angels and stars and the Baby. And then he started pulling packages out from under the tree again! Instead of papers to play with, I got a bone-treat to chew on!

Pretty soon there were knocks on the door, and my uncle and auntie were there! They had bags with more packages in them, and my auntie went into the kitchen and made breakfast. I had already had my breakfast, so I didn't get any. I smelled bacon and sausages, though!

After they ate, guess what they did? Yep, they piled up more papers and ribbons I wasn't allowed to play with. It was okay, though, I was getting kind of tired. I jumped up in my uncle's lap on the couch and checked out fur a bit. ZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzz.........

Next thing I knew we were saying bye-bye to my uncle and auntie, and then daddy said I had one more pressie! He opened a box and pulled out a round thing with places where he put treats, and then he put covers ovfur the treats to hide them from me. My job was to uncover and eat them! It's harder than it sounds, but I'm getting the hang of it! It might be the funnest Christmas pressie I evfur got!

After all that I was so tired I just flopped on my new blankie from my pal Lexi (thank you, Lexi!) and called it a Christmas.

Postscript: Daddy didn't have to go to work the next day, so we just spent the whole day on the couch!! I'm not sure which day was more pawfect, BOL!!!

 

Where was I...?

December 27th 2011 10:40 pm
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Oh yeah, Christmas Eve Eve. Well, after that comes Christmas Eve. Here's the drill: We all get up early, and I get a brushing. In the MORNING. Mommy and daddy dress up fancy. Then we get in the car, and I go to the Wag. I spend most of the day in Play Group, catching up on the news. We bark about where our pawrents are and what they're doing WITHOUT US. We're just guessing, we don't really know.

Then mommy and daddy come and get me and the day turns pawsome! We go downtown, where there are lights and music and gazillions of peepole and good smells and dropped food and everyone wants to pet me and take my picture! We walk up here and down there, and look in store windows, and sometimes I get to go inside! In one of the windows I saw another doggie, and she saw me and we tried to bark a greeting but couldn't hear each other! Mommy said she was up fur adoption. I hope she found a good home. I also got lots of treats fur being good while mommy and daddy stopped to sit and drink their coffee and hot chocolate.

Finally we went home. This year when we got there mommy and daddy started taking things out from under the tree and making paper piles! I wanted to help, but then I got a new toy, a lambie with lots and lots of squeakies, so I got distracted.

After all that it should have been bedtime, but mommy and daddy put their coats back on, and I got a Kong and befure I knew it I was Home Alone. I was supposed to be on guard dooty, but to tell you the truth I curled up fur a nap. Soon mommy and daddy came back, and we all went to bed.

To be continued...

 

Christmas Eve Eve!

December 23rd 2011 8:50 pm
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I haven't had much to write about fur a few days or weeks or something. Mommy and daddy have been furry busy, and I've been home alone or at the Wag a lot. But today we all went on an adventure! I could tell it was gonna be more than a short trip, because daddy packed my backpack full of treats! (It is my backpack, even though daddy wears it!) And mommy strapped me into my car harness!

We drove and drove and drove. Finally, daddy said we were There! I got to jump out and stretch my leggies and do my business, and then we went inside. I know this place! We go evfurry year! They like doggies, and we all have treats, and mommy and daddy drink something with bubbles in it. And then we got back in the car.

But we didn't go home. Not yet.

We went to the place that smells like meat and cheese! I can't go inside there. They have tables outside, and daddy goes away and I watch and watch fur him, and finally he comes back with lots of stuff fur him and mommy to eat. This year I got a BIG treat! It took me a l-o-o-n-g time to eat it. When I was done, there wasn't any of mommy and daddy's food left fur me to sniff! I think daddy did that on purpose! Next, mommy went off to "shop." Then we all got back in the car again.

But we didn't go home.

Next we went to the Castle! That's what mommy and daddy call it. It's a big big place all made of rocks, and I can go inside! We go up stairs and down ramps and there are towers and big rooms and little rooms, and way down in the bottom a room with lots of peepole and lots of bottles stacked up all ovfur. A man let daddy taste some of the stuff that comes in the bottles, but I didn't get any treats. I did get a lot of attention, though! Then we walked around some more, so mommy could shop. Mommy loves to do that! Then we all got back in the car again.

And this time we came home!

ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzz........

 

Christmas at the Wag

December 7th 2011 10:44 pm
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Daddy and mommy have a lot of Stuff they do at Christmastime. I guess it's secret stuff, or stuff where I'm not allowed to go, because I spend a lot of time at the Wag Hotel. That's where I went today. During the week in All Day Play they have special activities fur the howlidays. Today there was a gift exchange! I got a tennis ball that I wasn't allowed to unwrap until I got home. It's red and green and I love it! I played with Buck the miniature poodle. We also had a treasure hunt! Here's my report card:

"Hershey was very excited about hide-and-go-seek and he ran around and found several treats! He is such a gentleman. :)"

If there are treats around, I'll find them!

 

I'm sorry, pals...

November 30th 2011 10:27 pm
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... if I missed your Barkday, or your Gotcha day, or a Dogster honor in the past few days. Condogulations, and I hope you had a pawsome day, and got lots of treats and attention and pressies!!

I try to keep on top of things, but mommy's confuser has been out of commission. Daddy took it to the office on Monday, and mommy didn't get it back until last night, and then it was all different and she didn't even know how to use it! A man from the office had to come today to show her what to do. I liked him, and he liked me, too! I soopervised while he poked at mommy's confuser, and he scritched my ears.

Mommy's still trying to figure it all out, but I did get to visit a few groups tonight. And I saw my pal Rascal was Dog of the Day! And Jelly, DFB and Whisper were all Daily Diary Picks!!! I already knew Beanie was Dog of the Week! I love having famous pals!!!

Mommy is still wrapping pressies and trying to turn our house into a cross between Bethlehem and the North Pole. She hasn't even started addressing my Christmas cards! And now she has to start working again, if she can figure out how, BOL!! But she promised to let me come play on Dogster just as much as she can!

 

Thanks, Dogster!

November 25th 2011 8:02 am
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OMD, I'm a Daily Diary Pick! I'd better write a new entry, BOL!!

I'll write about yesfurday, which was Thanksgiving. I heard an awful lot about food in the past week, especially turkey. Well, I didn't get any special food. In fact, I spent the whole day at thew Wag Hotel, and I got kibble for din-din, like always. That's okay, I love my foodz!!

It was furry crowded at the Wag. I guess a lot of pawrents were doing whatevfur my pawrents were doing. I had a lot of fun! Here's my report card:

"Hershey spent Thanksgiving in Tiny Town, a playgroup for the cuddly cute littlest All Day Play pups. There, he got to cuddle up with staff and play with his friends while they discussed whether or not they should go to Pawtrero or Pet Food Express to score some Black Friday savings! Today he is thankful for tennis balls, soft beds and his family." My playmates were Sophie the spaniel mix, Brownie the mini dachshund, and Cupcake the terrier mix. I was bigger than all of them, but they didn't mind.

I'm going back again today! I wonder who will be there?!!

 

OMD! OMD! OMD!!

November 22nd 2011 9:01 am
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I got a package in the mail!!! And it isn't my barkday or Christmas or anything!!!

Mommy had just lifted me up onto the grooming table fur my brushing, and we heard *knock! knock! knock!* on the door. I couldn't jump down (it's too far!), so I BARKBARKBARKED while mommy went to see. And there was the postman with a box! Mommy put it down until after my brush-and-walk. She didn't even tell me it was MINE!!!

When we got home she opened it so I could see inside. There was a note from my pals Abby and Lucian!! I could smell them!

Inside the box I found a Hershey bar!

and a giant kiss!

OMD, I LOVE them!! They even squeak!! I might not even de-stuff them. I'm still deciding. Thanks, Abby and Lucian!!!!

 
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