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“I live Washoe Valley and love it! Like many people, I walk my dogs at the main beach (off Lakeshore). I’m unhappy to see more and more people are not picking up after their dogs in the area. I don’t want to be accused of being overly sensitive, but the reason there are less places to walk our dogs is that people do not pick up after them. Now your dogs go off in in the sagebrush, I’m not going to quibble, but on the beach and where people walk, try too pick up after them. This seems to occur in other areas of the park too, but it seems to be worse at the beach. Other than being unpleasant, we want to keep Washoe Valley beautiful—and wild, don’t we?

Maybe I’m missing something. What do other people think?”


  1. admin says:

    The doggy-doo issue is a real dilemma. As the beach gets used more and more it becomes more obvious but I think the vibe here is to try to have a casual attitude about that kind of thing. For one thing, I think the “life-span” of a dropping is pretty short with the sun, wind and water. Plus, what do we do about the horse droppings, to be fair? So I think that as long as there are dogs (and coyotes) and this is a rural area, we’ll have to, maybe not look the other way, but rather, look where we step!

  2. Amy says:

    I agree with the admin comment. It’s really not a big issue. Besides, many people are on horseback when they are with their dogs. Is it realistic to expect riders to stop and get off their horses to pick up dog poop? I think the dead fish and dead pelicans are more offensive than the occassional doggy pile, but it’s all just part of the great outdoors. 🙂

  3. Just because we live in a rural area does not excuse pet owners from being courteous. I think if your dog poops in a main walking area of the beach, have a little class and remove it.

  4. washoe zephyr says:

    Realistic? Yes. Possible? Yes. Likely to happen? No. :>)

    Most (well let me say all) of the dogs I’ve seen out at the lake have been with a person who was on foot, though I of course know horses are ridden out there too.

    My comment originated because the doggy piles have become MUCH more than occasional.

    Though I guess if you (the general ‘you’, not the specific ‘you’) have horses, doggy piles are small in comparison. But it is another perspective! To me, if it’s part of nature (such as dead pelicans), it’s part of nature. While humans are ‘part’ of nature too, too often they add (or take away) items that are not ‘nature.’

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