The city has a couple dog parks. This one is on Valley Street, just below the West End. I took this early morning shot in late January. Don't panic. Even around here, the snow is saying bye-bye. I think most people love animals, to some degree. Marchin, as I remember, was never a real animal lover growing up, but Annie has won his heart... sort of. Bow Wow! I was listening to a radio station out of Boston the other day, and one of the guys went off on dog owners who have shirked their responsibility. Well, particularly owners who have neglected their 'duty' during the winter months. Now, even here in the Northeast part of the country, the snow is disappearing. However, the lack of snow is revealing a pretty messy and smelly scene. Seems that many dog owners, who diligently parade behind their pooch is the warm summer months with a scoop or a plastic bag over their hand, somehow think that if doggie takes a crap in the park or just off the sidewalk in winter's whiteness no 'pickup' is necessary. Apparently, they think the mess miraculously disappears before spring. Someone needs to give them a remedial course in pooch liability. Winter Dog Care 101. Just a simple reminder, that's all. Big dog, big crap. Little dog little crap. It's all revulsion-filled. Going for a walk with the cute puppy in winter? Grab a plastic bag. Hey, no matter if it smells or feels disgusting, gotta do it. Like the pretty girl in high school. Pick 'her' up!