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Every winter, many Alaska dog owners take a "what happens in the dog park stays in the dog park" philosophy about cleaning up after their pooches. Unfortunately, that's not the case. Come spring, what happened in the dog park washes into our lakes and creeks and creates a toxic mess called fecal coliform bacteria.
On Sunday, the municipality and the Anchorage Waterways Council in cooperation with Anchorage Unleashed and other groups have scheduled their annual Scoop the Poop day to give offending dog owners a sort of amnesty for their offenses. Spend a few hours cleaning up with a group of civic-minded volunteers and stash that guilt away for another year.
This year, organizers are focusing their attention on the two locations where the city gets the most complaints, University Lake Park (meet at the red gate) and Connors Lake Park (meet at the Jewel Lake parking lot). Volunteers are asked to meet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Trash bags will be provided. Bring your own pickup tools and be sure to wear appropriate clothes and boots for the season.
In addition, volunteers will be meeting at Klatt parking lot to the South Anchorage Dog Park at 2 p.m. to clean up. For more information, contact 272-7335 (University Lake & Connors) or 346-3731 (South Anchorage))
What if you never go to those two parks? No problem. Provide your own bags and clean up the areas where you do walk your dogs. If you question the need, just take a stroll along any city park trail as the snow recedes.
PICTURES OF THE WEEK
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The theme of the week was "springtime," and the Dog Blog faithful failed miserably! There were only a couple shots that looked like they might have been taken in the spring, and I'm not even sure those were taken this year. But since bragging rights are the only prize, I suppose I can't be too picky.
As it was, Julie Koogosey's St. Bernards sure look like they were enjoying the season, so they are our Picture of the Week. The snow, the green buds coming off the willow bushes and the blossoming love in the two dogs' eyes all spell springtime.
And, while not on theme, you had to love Deborah Mihalko's pictures of her Chinese Cresteds. I especially liked this puppy shot.
THIS WEEK'S PICTURE THEME
Exercise. Send us a picture of your dog doing what the behaviorists say they need most: Exercising. If that means a romp at the park, take a picture of that. If your pup prefers chasing the ball in the house or the backyard, that counts too. As usual, if you don't have a good shot on theme, send us anything you like. Note: For theme purposes, the week begins and ends on Monday after the first update of the gallery.?Post a picture
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