Rather Than Lie, Clean Up After Your Dog

RECEIVED Wed., Sept. 6, 2006

Dear Editor,
    My family and I moved here from South Texas six months ago. We went to Barton Springs Sunday for the first time. We took our dog with us, so we were on the side where dogs are allowed. We were enjoying the day when a woman with her two children arrived with a Great Dane. Junior was his name. After a few long minutes, my husband called my attention to the dog taking a crap right there where everyone walks down to the spring. We watched intently to see if the woman was going to pick it up. We noticed she was gathering her children and leaving. So I approached her with a bag and offered it to her in case she didn't have one. This woman in her mid-30s looked at me right in the eye and said: "That's not my dog's, it's been with me the whole time in the water." I responded by telling her we've all been watching her and her dog's not even wet and she needs to pick it up. She assures me she always picks up after her dog. After a few more exchanged words she reluctantly picks up after her dog as her dog takes another crap right there. I am not upset about the dog pooping, it's the fact she was obviously trying to leave it there and then lie about it. I hope this woman is proud that she showed her children, as well as mine, how to lie to a stranger.
Gabby Crawford
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