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Yesterday was a perfect example of the importance of keeping GGNRA off-leash – as the sun peeked through the rain clouds, the only population at Crissy Field were humans with their dogs. And everyone was having a great time.

I remember the dark days when Crissy had a leash law. We all had to watch for Rangers, turning them into foes instead of the heroes they are.

Preserved in my mind is one rainy afternoon I was there. Two cars in the parking lot. No one at the main beach but a Ranger. I crossed the bridge keeping my corgi on leash and headed out to the “dunes” beach area.

Absolutely no one but one woman with her two labs who were happily fetching a stick thrown into the surf. They were joyous to watch. They were bothering no one. The Ranger snuck around and gave the woman two tickets for having the labs off leash. Really? I guess the Ranger wants absolutely no one to enjoy Crissy Field.

Storms have raised the sand above the protective fences along the dunes. I would love to see dog owners volunteer to replace those fences to protect the vegetation and wildlife in those areas.

I, like other dog-owners want everyone to enjoy the beautiful open areas we are so privileged to have access to here in the Bay Area.

Anyway. I am calling my Senators and asking them to support a San Francisco everyone can share equally.

Nannette Bisher

You can view the flier on the call in day to US Senators and Representatives here.

Photo of Crissy Field: GGNRA

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Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at eve@sfappeal.com.

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  • James D

    “Absolutely no one but one woman with her two labs who were happily fetching a stick thrown into the surf. They were joyous to watch. They were bothering no one.”

    This is the myopia of this movement. Keeping dogs leashed isn’t about people or dogs. It’s about their impact on the environment. Dogs chase native animals, dogs dig and root at things. Dogs are great, I love dogs but they’re not native or natural creatures in any way.

    Anecdotes like your Chrissy Field story are not a winning angle against what is sound, established environmental policy. Our open space is the most precious thing we have and you have no right, legal or moral to introduce a destructive, non-native species for your personal enjoyment.

  • Burgos

    “Our open space is the most precious thing we have and you have no right, legal or moral to introduce a destructive, non-native species for your personal enjoyment.” — You make a sound argument. Do you want a beef-burger to accompany those fries whilst you lounge in the shade of a eucalyptus?

    A dog’s impact on its environment is all predicated on the investment that its guardian makes in minding his/her charge. Can’t keep up with Fido; don’t have eyes in the back of your head? Too much to juggle a cellphone and a dog? ············ don’t have one.