Dogs On The Beach

By / Letters to the Editor / Wednesday, 08 February 2017 05:00

Dear Editor,
There was a time I lived in Dogtown. OB, SD, CA. From Voltaire Street to West Point Loma Boulevard, between the Stubb Jetty and the San Diego River, dogs shared the same rights as humans. This was Dog Beach. It was truly utopian. Yes, there was the intermittent squabble between those adorable pit bulls and shepherd mixes along the shoreline, but locals knew to stroll with their canine companions eastward, down the banks of a wonderful estuary.
 Leashless, my dog Fiona, a shepherd/lab mix, could frolic happily, chasing balls into the chilly veins of the Pacific, or make new friends with dachshunds and malamutes. It was a beautiful thing. Likeminded dog owners met and cohabitated over cocktails (until it wasn’t allowed), as their dogs explored and played freely as the sun circled and dropped about the sky.
Until Carolina Beach can designate a similar environment, folks that do not appreciate the unconditional love from a dog should not suffer a public canine invasion.
Dogs know no boundaries when they are free, and I can’t see dog owners leashing their dogs during high season on the beach. They love their dog too much to deprive them of happy. And not everyone has a dog, so…
Sean Martin
Carolina Beach


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