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Leash Patrol

A warning in from the wooded upper oval in Brookdale Park, where county cops are on the prowl for unleashed canines today.

Just walked my dogs and noticed a Essex County Police SUV parked on one of the walks, somewhat hidden, facing the unofficial dog run. I asked the officer if there was something wrong and he told me he had been assigned to look for unleashed dogs and issue summonses because there had been complaints.Needless to say, all the regulars at the dog run are leashed.

May 2, 2006 in Buzz | Permalink


Good, it is about time! I was chased by a barking dog there last summer. I smacked it with my tire pump. As I rode away the owner (I assume it was the owner) was screaming at *me*!

Posted by: Right of Center™ | May 2, 2006 11:08:46 AM

ROC buddy, bad form, striking man's best friend will give convervatism a bad name.

Posted by: Byron | May 2, 2006 11:16:01 AM

Yes, you should have also hit the jerk with an unleashed and untrained dog.

My family has big dogs, but they are trained, and we'd never take them to the park adn let them run free (for their own safety as well as others)

Posted by: hrhppg | May 2, 2006 11:22:22 AM

It was a reflex. In my younger and (much) fitter days I lived in a rural state and used to ride my bike many scores of miles per week. The nipping at the heels and bike pump striking (or, usually, swinging and missing) was a center piece of the "sport" for both me and the various dogs on my 'route'.

Those red-state rural dogs, though were fiercer, more snarling and more adept at avoiding the pump than this obviously nanny-pampered blue state dog.

However, it remains my solid policy that any dog barking in a menacing way and going for my feet while riding a bike gets the pump-smack, regardless of his political persuasion.

Posted by: Right of Center™ | May 2, 2006 11:22:25 AM

Come on over to Watsessing Park. We love dogs down here!!

Posted by: RadonMan | May 2, 2006 11:22:43 AM

My only serious bike crash was caused by a dog. I was so intent on speeding away from him, I wasn't paying attention to the road and ran right into the curb! Luckily I just had a few scrapes and bruises..

Posted by: RadonMan | May 2, 2006 11:24:57 AM

I think it's good to crack down on the unleashed dogs as long as there are plans in the works for a dog park at Brookdale, which I believe I heard there were? Anyone know?

Loose dogs are a pet peeve of mine because our previous dog (a pit bull mix) was not friendly to other dogs of her size (she was good with little dogs, a chivalrous instinct I guess). If a loose dog came at her, she would attack it. And if anything happened to that dog, she would have been blamed because she was the "pit bull" and they get blamed for everything.

And of course, it isn't safe for the dogs to run loose for their own sakes. Brookdale Park does have through traffic (wish they didn't) so cars could come along and hit a dog that ran into the road.

Posted by: mauigirl52 | May 2, 2006 11:34:02 AM


Back in the red state days, I had a "technique".

When the dog begins the chase, pedal fast and gain some distance. Hold the pump with the dog-side hand, but position the pump ( a Zefal works best) over the opposite shoulder from the dog, so he doesn't see it.

Stop pedaling with the dog-side foot (ankle really) in a reachable and enticing position for the dog.

Then "smack" when the timing is right.

But, like I said, I was only, maybe, 20% effective. Usually I'd miss and while the dog temporarily slowed I'd pedal like mad to escape.

(this should only be attempted on a straightaway).

These particular dogs seemed to know my schedule and always seemed to lay-in-wait. I don't know how a dog keeps the days of the week, but if I changed my schedule, the dogs were missing!

In any case, when I eventually moved away, I imagine the dogs missed it as much as I.

Posted by: Right of Center™ | May 2, 2006 11:34:53 AM

Essex county has a fairly new dog park in Watessing Park - complete with doggie sized water fountains. I hope they aren't spending more money on another one.

I did hear rumors that Montclair was looking into private donations to build Montclair a doggie park, but those rumors seem to have faded away.

Posted by: hrhppg | May 2, 2006 11:40:05 AM

ROC: Wouldn't mace pepper spray be more humane and effective? Striking an animal could cause physical damage, either temporary or permament. Claiming self-defense may get you out of court, but it's no way to make friends with the vast majority of law-abiding dog owners.

Posted by: Jim | May 2, 2006 11:42:11 AM

Was it your dog Jim?

I can assure you the strike was not lethal. I was not much interested in "making friends" with the owner of the snarling unleashed dog in the public park.

Posted by: Right of Center™ | May 2, 2006 11:48:08 AM

This is wonderful news. I hope Mills Reservation (currently unsafe for anyone without a dog) is next.

Posted by: trollhater | May 2, 2006 11:49:56 AM

No, but I am a dog owner. In this urban area, I would advocate all dog owners and persons afraid of dogs to carry a personal-size container of pepper spray for their protection. "Alpha dogs" can sometimes attack other dogs unprovoked, so its a good idea for lots of reasons.

Posted by: Jim | May 2, 2006 11:53:29 AM

Oh, I see, dogs off leash are bad but maggots (er kids) off leash are OK? I'd take my weim and lab over some greasy larvae any day! =)

Posted by: Rchanin | May 2, 2006 11:53:33 AM

It's even worse, Rchanin, some "maggots" never become flies.

Posted by: Right of Center™ | May 2, 2006 11:56:44 AM

Where is this part of brookedale park? We can never find it.

Posted by: katie | May 2, 2006 12:00:26 PM

The dog run in Watsessing Park wasn't paid for with local tax dollars. It was funded with money left over from the EPA Superfund project. The 'run' is located on the site where the EPA kept their equipment.

Posted by: RadonMan | May 2, 2006 12:01:37 PM

" It was funded with money left over from the EPA Superfund project."

Cough, sputter!!!! does every one SEE the problem!

Posted by: Right of Center™ | May 2, 2006 12:03:17 PM

"Where is this part of brookedale park? We can never find it."

Take Ridgewood Ave North until it turns into Brookdale Park.. You're there!

Posted by: RadonMan | May 2, 2006 12:03:48 PM

What's the big deal, they had around 100,000$ and put it to good use in a neighborhood which had been beseiged for several years by the remediation project.

Posted by: RadonMan | May 2, 2006 12:05:27 PM

And, when soliciting the local population about what to do with the extra money, the "dog run" idea was the winner and I might add, the incredibly brilliant idea of one of my neighbors!!!!

Posted by: RadonMan | May 2, 2006 12:08:25 PM

Agree Radon Man - the EPA met with the WHNA to find the best possible solution to store all the equipment required for the work and agreed to compensate the neighborhood for it's inconvienence. Sounds like a win-win situation to me. All we need to do know is finish the portion of separation for the small dogs and it will be perfect(er!)

BTW...Radon - thanks for the radio link a while back - I am addicted to this station and stream it all the time now.

Posted by: Anne Prince | May 2, 2006 12:09:05 PM

Do you think the taxpayers in the US were thinking "dog parks" when they funded the superfund?

Think of all the other *uses* being put to your federal tax as we speak.

One doesn't have to look far. The Essex County Environmental Center (a building in urban Essex County where composting is taught) was funded by a taxpayer approved bond issue (loan) to purchase and preserve "open space".

There is no hope whatsoever for accountability if what we approve has no bearing on how the money is spent.

I would certainly be against borrowing money to build composting lecture halls and dog parks.

It's totally dishonest governance. The fact that you and millions of others are happy to line up at the trough for their share of the pork, bespeaks the reason taxes and spending are out of control.

Posted by: Right of Center™ | May 2, 2006 12:10:37 PM

Radon - forgot to mention that Modern Man will be back at Outpost in the Burbs on Friday, May 26th if you and Mrs. Radon were interested. I know we saw you there last time.

Posted by: Anne Prince | May 2, 2006 12:10:44 PM

nothing like waking up on a Saturday morning, looking out into what used to be your back yard and seeing a giant hole in the ground with tecnicians in 'space suits' operating earth 're'-moving equipment.

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