March in the Mighty Mutt Strut Saturday, show support for dogs in GGRNA

March in the Mighty Mutt Strut Saturday, show support for dogs in GGRNA
Show up and show support for keeping dogs playing in GGNRA

If you live in the Bay Area, you've likely heard that a ban of dogs from Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) is being considered. Off-leash and even leashed access is already limited for canines in the GGNRA open spaces and if the ban is approved, dog owners are wondering what effect this will have on their furry family members. The days of romping with your four-footed pal at Fort Funston will be gone, there will be no more Chrissy Field or Ocean Beach playdates, and it spells certain end to professional dogwalking, on or off leash, in these areas as well as the Marin Headlands. Socialization and regular exercise are key points for well-adjusted and non-aggressive canines, particularly in dense urban communities. It's a dismal thought, not being able to recreate with Rover so close to home, but what can be done?

March on over to the Mighty Mutt Strut this weekend and show your support for keeping the "R in the GGNRA." At 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 21, join a like-minded pack of humans and canines walking approximately a mile and a quarter from Ocean Beach to Stern Grove where a rally will be held to protest the proposed ban. A water, biscuit and porta-potty station for all attendees will be set up at 34th & Sloat as well as at Stern Grove, and there will also be an opportunity to submit your written comment to the GGNRA.

So leash your dog, put on those comfy walking shoes, make a sign to show your support and since parking will be limited, plan to carpool with your best hiking buddies. Meet at the Sloat parking lot of Ocean Beach around 10 a.m.; the march will begin by 10:30 and the Stern Grove rally will get under way around 11 a.m. For a map of the walk and more information, check out Save Off-Leash Dog Walking Areas in the SF Bay Area on Facebook or SF Dog website.

To learn more about proposed ban of dogs in GGNRA, check out the four-part article, Will GGNRA ban dogs from public lands? or visit the GGNRA website. Public comments on the topic can be submitted at the National Park Service website until May 30, 2011.

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