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On Sunday, March 29, over 200 people and at least 250 dogs showed up at Oceanside Harbor. The group, known as Friends of Oceanside Dog Beach, walked around the area to show support for a designated off-leash dog area at the mouth of the San Luis Rey River. Currently, there is no dog-friendly beach in San Diego County north of Del Mar.

Three people with "No dog beach" T-shirts stood near the bridge as the group walked from city parking lot #20, over the Pacific Beach Bridge, and down the sidewalk to the grassy area west of the Nautical Bean Coffee Company. There, the group gathered for a walk past Rockin Baja Lobster, Joe's Crab Shack, Monterey Bay Canners, all the way to the Oceanside Harbor Police station and back. A woman in a scooter with her service dog attached was at the front of the line, with group founder Hugh Foley as the caboose.

There was no barking, fighting, or any sort of unruly behavior from dogs. The group gathered 202 new signatures for the petition to bring to city council, bringing the total to about 2000 signatures.

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rude May 9, 2009 @ 10:19 a.m.

I believe that a dog owner should provide the space for their animal to run and play on. Can you imagine if people owned cows instead of dogs, and cow owners demanded that public areas be opened specifically for unleashed cattle to roam freely! Dogs are not people.

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SpliffAdamz_ April 9, 2009 @ 9:52 a.m.

Sure , have a great day at the beach and walk around with sandals or no shoes , so your feet can feel the dog piss and shyt in the sand as you stroll down the beach. Clean up after your damm pets people!!!!!

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becksnorth April 9, 2009 @ 10:41 p.m.

Sorry you think that way. Over 98% of all people pick up after their pets, Pets bring a lot of joy and love to people, I run a therapy group and bring dogs to visit people in hospitals. It's the one time a day someone smiles. What if by accident you lost the use of your legs, wouldn't you want anyway to make your new life easier?. Think of all the men and women coming back from the war, their lives changed forever, maybe friends stayed around for a bit, then left. parents had to go home, and here is this brave Marine crying to the only thing that has not left him, the one thing he can count on day after day....his service dog. The dog that now helps him get dressed in the morning, the dog that can hand him his toothpaste if the Marine no longer has his arms, and the dog that day after day will do this job, not for pay, not for praise, because he is a dog and that's what they do. I hope someday you will see the amazing side of dogs, until then if you see someone who has not had the chance to pick up after their pet, please pick it up for them as you never know how kind acts feel

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lallaw April 9, 2009 @ 10:48 p.m.

Dear "SpliffAdamz" (say whaaa?): One runs the same barefoot risk with the broken glass, can tops, cigarette butts, and just plain icky garbage that people...yes, people, leave behind. Inconsiderate people period are the problem, and the problem is not endemic to just pet people. As long as there are people there will be "rude people." THAT is the problem, not Fido.

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SurfPuppy619 April 9, 2009 @ 11:07 p.m.

Inconsiderate people period are the problem, and the problem is not endemic to just pet people. As long as there are people there will be "rude people." THAT is the problem, not Fido.

By lallaw

Amen!

Tell those yahoos that us dogs are NOT the problem, lazy inconsiderate people are.

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SpliffAdamz_ April 12, 2009 @ 6:57 p.m.

It's good to here that people can use dogs to bring joy in their life and also help them live life better if they had some accident. But maybe if people had more love for each other they way people say they love their pet dog , we might not need dogs around to help us live our lives. People will throw a dog some food before they even think about givin a homeless vet a dollar to get themselves something to eat. I fell that people got the priorityies mix up. I'm sorry lallaw , but picking up dog shyt when it ain't my pet , it's not happening. Instead i'll tell the owner of the dog to do it , that'll be my good deed. LOVE PEOPLE JUST AS MUCH AS YOU LOVE THAT DOG.

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