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Pooch point of view

October 22, 2009

Re "Surf City bone of contention," Oct. 20

Dog owners who take their dogs everywhere create a public nuisance and do their pets a disservice as well.

Owners who take their dogs to crowded places fail to consider the experience from their pets' perspective.

Busy shopping areas, piers and outdoor dining areas -- environments designed to appeal to people -- offer no proper place for dogs to pee or poop.

While owners enjoy texting and tweeting from a favorite espresso house, the dog -- now being ignored -- is bored.

My advice: Put away your cellphone and bond with your dog by walking her on a fixed-length leash around your neighborhood or to the nearest dog park. Your dog will love you for it.

Donn Umber

Santa Monica

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