Twice a week we take an early morning hike in Dean Park, one of the most beautiful natural areas in North Saanich.
The trail system is extensive and well-maintained so it’s popular for hiking and dog walking.
But lately we’ve noticed a disturbing and disgusting trend — bags of every size, shape and colour, all full of dog poop, tossed haplessly into the bushes and trees along the pathways.
Recently, we counted 12 bags in a distance of about one kilometer. Were they being deposited in the trees so the owners could retrieve them later?
Doubtful, as we didn’t encounter anyone else during our two-hour hike and it was evident that tossing the poop-bags well away from the pathway, into the trees, was the dog owner’s interpretation of “picking up” after his/her pet.
Please, if you’re going to walk your dog in Dean Park and go to the trouble of picking-up your dog’s poop, then have the decency to take it away and properly dispose of it.
P. Trottier and K. Nunn