dog poop scooper LongmontFor dog owners who enjoy sharing their stroll around a local lake or pond with their best friend, remember to keep your pooch out of the water. A favorite columnist with the Longmont Times Call, Johnnie St. Vrain, recently addressed a question regarding leash rules for pets visiting the city’s lakes. Below is the article that clarifies dogs are not allowed in any Longmont body of water (whether on-leash or off) except for the dog beach at Union Reservoir. The team of Scoopy Doo’s in Longmont hopes you continue to enjoy peaceful walks with your pet around the local lakes!

Dear Johnnie: Are there any rules about letting dogs loose or even on leash in Longmont’s ponds/lakes? I’m curious after an experience I had fishing at the fairgrounds pond on Memorial Day when I think I was the only person fishing in the whole place and a woman brought her two “little darlings” right next to me and let them loose in the water.

To me, this was incredibly rude, but it also made me wonder if the dogs should have been in the water in the first place. I’ve also seen families turn their dogs loose on the beach at McIntosh Lake. I think of the dog park in Evergreen that closed after nearby water got contaminated and how there’s always concern at Confluence Park in Denver about the same kind of thing in the summer and it makes me wonder. I love dogs, but come on. There’s a time and a place. — Gimme Some Space

Dear Gimme: Yes, there are rules, and they are quite clear.

The only places dogs may be off leash on public places in the city are at dog parks and at the dog beach at Union Reservoir.

No dog is allowed in any body of water in Longmont, other than that small part of Union, even if it is with a leash.

If a dog owner won’t leash her “little darlings” or keep them out of the lake after a polite request on your part, call animal control (303-651-8500). But remember that Longmont Animal Control avoids getting into “he said, she said” disagreements.

When I wrote about doggie “poo-peptrators” last year, Officer Tammy Deitz suggested video, with the owner and dog clearly identifiable, as a way to keep this from being your word against the dog owner’s, although I’d think that a couple of wet dogs at a lake might be evidence enough.

And remember, Scoopy Doo’s offers quality dog poop scooper services to Longmont, Niwot, Gunbarrel,Boulder, Lafayette, Louisville, Colorado. We personally take care of your dog’s business, so you don’t have to!