2008-09-19 / Letters

Stalked By The Pooperazzi

Dear Editor,

I am writing this letter in response to the article and photos entitled "Rockaway Residents Ignore Beach Regulations" (The Wave, 9/5/08). I must say how humiliating it was to be photographed in that pose. Do people really have that much time on their hands to sit and stalk us dogs and our owners with their cameras? If they are going to take the time to do this, let them at least photograph the whole story. Had Ms. Verdemare continued to photograph the ensuing events, she would have captured my owner taking a bag and cleaning up after me, ensuring that no "remnants" remained. This is more than I can say for some of the humans I see leaving their remnants behind on the beach. Sometimes I sniff at the back of the beach near the boardwalk, and am shocked to find the smell of human urine. I mean, come on. At least humans have the choice of using a toilet.

We canines are at a disadvantage on that count, at least until our lobbyists succeed in passing pending legislation to install Poochie-Porta-Potties on the boardwalk. And as much as I enjoy finding food scraps on the beach, I'm sure this act of littering is very disturbing to some (and, my owner tells me, illegal as well). I just ask not to be singled out simply for being a canine. The urination, profanity and littering engaged in by some of my human counterparts are far worse than a few dogs playing around on the beach in the early morning hours before members of other species arrive for the day.

Who are we hurting? This brings up

some safety issues. I often feel the need to be on extra watchdog

duty when my mom or my sister walks me. My sister gets ogled at, and has vulgar comments shouted at her from some undesirable onlookers. On another safety note, my mom has had many near-misses with speeding bicyclists zooming up and down the boardwalk. But where are the photographers to capture the humans ignoring regulations?

I'm just so dog-gone tired of being the easy target.

DOG X

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