I love your paper! It’s so nice to read all the stories about our town, and to have all the color pictures. I’m so glad you’re here.
I wanted to weigh in about the dog park, or potential for Martinez to have a dog park.
Whenever I’m driving downtown, I always see people walking their dogs. Martinez seems like a “dog town” to me. I love dogs, though I don’t have one and haven’t had a canine companion for many years now.
I read in your paper how much a group of dog owners want a dog park, and I’d like to know more.
I’m particularly interested in the following, and I hope some of the dog owners in Martinez that are advocating for a dog park will write in and answer my questions. They are:
1) Are there any requirements to bring a dog into a dog park, or to gain membership? I ask because I’m curious to know whether dogs that are sickly can go into a dog park and possibly transmit their illness to another dog. Does this happen in other dog parks? Is it common?
2) Is it typical for a dog park to have a “host,” or someone that stays on the premises during operating hours that ensures dog owners clean up after their dogs? If so, who pays for that?
Walking around downtown, I see a lot of dog mess, and it’s disturbing. I really wouldn’t want a park near my home or near a restaurant, because I think it may be unsanitary.
3) Will my taxes be raised if a dog park comes into town? If so, by how much? I want others to be able to enjoy the outdoors with their pets. If I were younger, I’d sure like to do the same. But at what expense must other non-pet owners put forth to accommodate this?
4) What’s the closest dog park to Martinez? Where else can you legally take your dogs in or near Martinez? Is it important to have them off-leash?
5) How do you prevent dog fights in a dog park? Are children allowed in? Is there any danger?
Thank you to those who might write back and answer my questions.
And thank you, Tribune, for the paper. I hope you stick around awhile – forever! Martinez needs this newspaper.
– Ruth Stanton, Martinez