It's the people, not dog parks, that are dangerous

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The recent letter [Are dog parks just grassy brothels for 'dorgies'? Viewpoints, June 21] by Brendan O'Conner, was very amusing to me. The local dog park apparently has one size enclosure for dogs of every conceivable size, and he somehow looked at the resulting chaos and decided that all dog parks are dangerous!

I noticed the exact same problems the first time I visited our horribly designed park, but I came to a much more intelligent solution than just ranting about how dangerous all dog parks are. Since then, I have had a major impact on dog park design all over the country, but it didn't happen by just whining about how dangerous the local park is.

I am not sure what point he is trying to make about picking up after your dog, and it doesn't seem like he knows either.

In conclusion I would say that dog parks are best left to people of intelligence, and if you get too many dumb people showing up at the same time, the end result is frequently chaos. With that in mind, it is probably better if Brendan stays home.

I can lead you to the water, Brendan, but I can't make you drink.

Bill Zardus
Camden County, N.J.

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