Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Dog conflict out in the open

Three-quarters surveyed report pooch problems on Boulder trails
By John Ingold Denver Post Staff Writer
Article Last Updated: 04/30/2007 08:49:17 AM MDT

Boulder - Here come Sophie and Kippah boinging down the Chautauqua trail, sniffing at dandelions and twirling circles around the woman on the other end of the leash.

They're impish little puppies, Irish Jack Russell terriers, and they're good dogs, says Maureen Dobson, who takes the pooches on a walk in Boulder open space a couple of times a week as a favor to a friend.

They mind their manners when they're off leash.

"They don't usually pay attention to other people," she said.

Off-leash dogs have been controversial on the trails around Boulder for several years now. In Boulder, people like dogs and they like open space - but some Boulderites aren't always very fond of the two together.

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