This post is reprinted at the request of Sean Iaquinto from the website www.philly2hoboken.com. He has been active as a blogger in Hoboken since 2004. Please note that opinions of guest posters or columnists are strictly those of the author and not of this website.
Operation Bad Dog Owner – Hoboken 311 to the Rescue!
Ask anyone in Hoboken what is their biggest pet peeve behind lack of parking or potholes and you probably will hear about dog owners who aren’t picking up after their dog. Its disgusting to walk down the street and see brown bombs all over the sidewalk. As a dog owner, it pisses me off when I notice dog owners that aren’t cleaning up after their dogs “do their business”.
When you walk dogs in your neighborhood, often you meet other dog owners and get to know them. Some you know by name. Some you know just by their dogs name. While there are others that you haven’t met, but have seen them walk their dog often enough that you recognize them.
One owner, in particular, got my attention. After walking Rocco for the last three years, I notice that there was one dog owner who consistently was not picking up after their dog. This wasn’t a once or twice thing, but it was Every. Single. Time. Every time I saw him walk his dog, he would let the dog poop – and then sort of do a quick “is anyone watching me” look to the left or the right and walk away.
At first I was going to say something. If you know me well enough i’m not someone that minces words, nor do I have a very good filter. This isn’t the first time I confronted a bad dog owner. In fact, I remember once before I confronted someone else about not picking up after their dog – and they went so far to accuse me of needing glasses. I remember another time the guy was going to punch me that he was so angry that I caught him.
Perhaps third time is a charm, so I didn’t say anything – I let my government do the work. I’m friendly with a few of the hardworking people in city hall, so I reached out to them and asked their advice. I first thought calling the police would be the logical step. Maybe they could do an undercover sting operation! This was met by laughter and correction – that I should contact the health department.
It turns out that by using Hoboken311: http://www.hobokennj.org/311/, I was able to report what I saw. I had a pretty detailed account of the guy who was letting his dog poop all over the place, he had a regular morning routine which was right outside his building. I knew what he looked like and knew what kind of dog he had. I basically wrote all the details in a request.
My honest thought was that no one would really do anything. I mean, how often do you really see the “little guys” get anyone to notice them in City Hall? I’m not some big campaign contributor or own a big business in town. I’m just a regular guy who gets easily annoyed at the double parked cars outside of Piccolo’s. But that’s a story for another day.
Imagine my surprise when I received this email only a few days later (with some details left out):
“Please be advised that earlier this morning, beginning at 6:45am, our Office conducted a surveillance of the area described in your complaint (Hoboken Health Department Complaint #[redacted]) in which the individual you described in your e-mail, was found in violation of 93-16 of the Code of the City of Hoboken (not picking up dog feces) and has been issued a summons to appear in Hoboken Municipal Court, on [redacted].
Director Pellegrini and myself would like to again thank you for taking the time to send the detailed information that you did which led to the catching of this individual in the act of creating a public health nuisance.
Wait, what? It worked? This town isn’t perfect. There’s always going to be someone who is going to complain about everything City Hall does – and rarely do you ever hear someone complimenting City Hall on a good job. This is just an example that sometimes government works, and that Hoboken311 is a pretty nifty site.
Animals doing cute things always seems to make for a good laugh, especially on Friday’s. Here is Lou Lou with a unique bark outside of Empire Coffee earlier this week. Luluis doing her best to either impersonate a frog or trying to say the name Abbott. You be the judge….
Here are some permutations as to what the dog might be saying:
Due to rain last Sunday, The Hoboken Museum 8th Annual Pet Fair & Parade has beend moved to this coming Sunday October 14th from 12pm-4pm…..
Hoboken Museum Moves 8th Annual Pet Fair & Parade
to Rain Date: Sunday Oct. 14, 12 – 4 pm
at Maxwell Place Pier
More than 20 local pet service providers to offer free advice at Pet Fair
Protect your pet with a low-cost microchip service administered by the NJSPCA
Parade starts at 1 pm, with costume and talent contests for dogs and other pets!
Heirloom Garlic-Tasting Festival also takes place on Oct. 14th, at the Museum
Last year’s Pet Parade had a very good turnout.
Hoboken, N.J. – Oct. 8, 2012 – Due to weather conditions, the Hoboken Museum’s 8th Annual Pet Fair & Parade is moving to its rain date of Sun., Oct. 14, and promises a great experience for animal lovers. The event will again take place at the Maxwell Place Pier, on the waterfront near 12th Street, and will feature costume contests, talent competitions and more than 20 local pet care professionals dispensing free advice and demonstrations. This year, the Museum is pleased to offer a low-cost microchip clinic administered by the NJSPCA for just $25.
There is no cost to register for the Pet Parade, and the first 100 participants will receive a free gift bag with goodies from the event sponsors. Costumes are optional, and all pets are welcome—as long as they can tolerate a lot of dogs. In years past, cats and birds have taken home ribbons!
Here are some photos from previous Pet Fair and Parades in Hoboken:
Coming up this weekends courtesy of the Hoboken Museum…
This Sunday: Annual Pet Fair and Parade Returns!
Sunday, Oct. 7 from 12 – 4 p.m. (Rain date is Oct. 14)
Location: Maxwell Place Pier, near 12th St.
Last year’s Pet Parade had a very good turnout.
The Museum’s 8th Annual Pet Fair and Parade returns to the upper waterfront walkway, with the added feature of an affordable microchip clinic. The parade kicks off at 1 p.m. with fun contests for Best Costume, Best Group Costume, Best Pet-Owner Look Alike, Best Trick and more! Participation is free, and the first 100 pet owners will go home with a free “doggy” bag. Costumes are encouraged but not required.
The fair is a great place to get to know local pet service providers and pick up advice, training tips and more from veterinarians, boarding facilities, trainers and dog walkers, and pet supply stores. Last year, more than 20 businesses participated in the fair and this year, the NJSPCA will offer a low-cost microchip clinic for $25, using Home Again chips. There will be treats for pets and their owners, too, thanks to a mobile dog treat vendor, a hotdog vendor and goodies from Choc-O-Pain bakery.
For those of you of a Catholic religious persuasion and a lover of your pet, this event just might be for you.
Bring Your Pet to Church!
Thursday, October 4th at 7:00pm
St. Francis Church 308 Jefferson St.
Thursday, October 4th is the feast of St. Francis of Assisi. St. Francis Church in Hoboken will be holding a special Mass at 7:00pm in celebration. People are invited to bring their pets to the Mass, as they will bless the animals. All are welcome!
When: Saturday, September 29, 2012 from noon to 5PM (walk begins at noon)
Where: Church Square Park, Hoboken, NJ
Liberty Humane Society’s 9th annual Bark in the Park is almost here! They are bringing the party back to Hoboken’s Church Square Park this year for what will hopefully be the most successful Bark in the Park yet!
This year, they are setting up a goal of raising $40,000 through the walk portion of the event. Participants can sign up via their website and choose to participate as an individual walker or form a team. After the walk, participants are invited to the Pet Expo to enjoy the LHS dog agility demonstration, fashion show, contests, raffles and shopping at 50+ pet vendors.
The initial registration fee for the Bark in the Park is $25 per walker and $35 for a human plus one dog. Why stop there? In order to help them reach their goal, they ask that each individual participant set a personal fundraising goal of at least $200. If 200 participants each raise this much, then they will already reach their goal of $40,000!
Participants are also encouraged to form a walking team. By forming teams, you are helping to spread the word about LHS’s mission while drastically increasing your fundraising potential.
Also remember that we will have fabulous prizes available for the top individual fundraisers and fundraising teams! Online registration will close on September 28th. Be sure to sign up today and start fundraising!
To up the ante LHS has two celebrity guests attending this year’s Bark in the Park…
Celebrity Guests Attending Liberty Humane Society’s Bark in the Park
Liberty Humane Society (LHS) is thrilled to announce that James Roday and Maggie Lawson, stars of the popular show “Psych” on the USA Network, will be attending Bark in the Park 2012 on September 29th in Church Square Park, in Hoboken, NJ. James and Maggie will be leading the walk fundraiser which begins at noon and then hanging out with attendees throughout the day. They will also be the hosts of the LHS Doggie Couture Fashion Show which will feature the shelter dogs walking down the runway in clothes donated by local pet stores.
“Maggie and I are thrilled to be hosting Liberty Humane’s Bark in the Park. We initially mistook the event for a tree hugging ceremony involving a communal picnic. Since we’ll probably never make it to Burning Man, it seemed like a fun little excursion to jump into,” said James Roday. “Then we were told it’s actually going to help promote animal welfare. As rescue “parents” ourselves, this was even more ideal. But seriously, LHS is like the little engine that could, so please come out and support a great cause and be a part of an event that will have a positive impact in your community. And adopt a dog — or a cat or both.”
Sign up for the Bark in the Park walk today and attend the pet expo afterwards for your chance to meet the stars of “Psych” and to be a part of this blowout fundraiser for Liberty Humane Society. Register via the Bark in the Park website at http://libertyhumane.donorpages.com/Event/
Move over Mr. Softee, there is a new truck in town and it’s only for pooches. There was a full scale dog treat snack truck sitting next to Church Square Park on Sunday morning offering a wide array of regular and organic treats for your 4 pawed friends. It is called the Frosty Pooch it’s a wonderful new addition to Hoboken.
Back in Black 2 Adoption Promotion at Liberty Human Society
Even though black dogs and cats can make wonderful pets, they are often overlooked at shelters because of the color of their fur and outdated myths. Liberty Humane is proud to partner with Best Friends Animal Society and about 100 other animal rescue groups nationwide to promote the adoption of black animals through the “Back in Black” promotion. Throughout the month of May, all black animals at LHS will be offered at 50% off of the standard adoption fee.
In the market for a black cat? LHS has a number of black cats ranging in ages. What is really unique is the fact that most of these cats share a similar personality trait – they LOVE to play! If you are looking for an active playmate, then come visit Vixen, Nola, Dora or Sprocket. Nola and Dora are also chatterboxes so they will be sure to speak up when they want your attention.
How about a black dog? Gunner is one of Liberty Humane’s long-term residents and we’re not sure why. He is a sweet, affectionate dude that loves to go for long walks and also to spend time relaxing on the couch. Also available at the discounted fee this month is Prada, a gentle little girl who would be a wonderful addition to a family with young children.
On Sunday, May 20th, LHS will be hosting a bake sale at the shelter to help to continue to drive potential adopters to the shelter for the promotion. Join us and maybe you will find the ebony love of your life!
Bake Sale for the Back in Black Adoption Event
Date: May 20, 2012 11:00am to 04:00pm
Details: Liberty Humane is teaming up with Best Friends Animal Society and other animal welfare groups nationwide to promote the adoption of black dogs and cats during the “Back in Black” discounted adoption event. Throughout the month of May, Liberty Humane’s elegant black felines and dogs will be offered at 50% off of the standard adoption fee. Swing by Liberty Humane on Sunday, May 20th from 11 AM – 4 PM to snack on some yummy treats at the bake sale while also looking for your new furry companion.
The Liberty Humane Society is located at 235 Jersey City Blvd. Jersey City, NJ 07305. Their website is http://libertyhumane.org for more information.
This neighborly sign caught TheBoken’s eye on Garden Street. A neighbor purportedly frustrated with someone’s dog pooping on their tree outside their home and not cleaning up afterwards put up this sign to get some sort of acknowledgement. The sign reads ““This Is Not Your Dog’s Personal Poop Box–Please Ack Up”. What does ack mean? According to an internet slang site Ack is “Disgust, frustration” or “Acknowledgement”. It is truly a sign of the times to see internet terminology hit the streets and the everyday lexicon.
The dog poop ordinance is rarely enforced in Hoboken with several years having no citations or only one actually issued. It appears one way to curb master from not cleaning up after Fido is to put reminders up that “hey, you live in community you know”? As Sir Mix-a-lot would say “Baby got ack”. So to the neighbor who is reneging on their dog owning obligations: How about you ack up and be a super duper pooper scooper and do your part to keep Hoboken clean and sanitary dog gone it? You wouldn’t want to be on “Shame on you” with Arnold Diaz now would you? It is amazing in this town that the people concerned with quality of life are so concerned with people peeing in the Streets on St. Patty’s Day and yet some still let their dogs defecate in out streets and in front of our homes. Nick knack patty whack give this town a bone, this old sign has hit it home.
Update: Or as one reader suggested… it could just say please pick up. I am not faulting the sign writer one iota. I have terrible penmanship so no judgments here but the P and the I close together does look like an A from a certain angle. Apparently I have bad eye sight as well. Time for glasses. Thus, upon further examination the last part most likely is pick up and not ack up. Oh well. Senior moments are so much fun.
If you’re anything like me and don’t own a dog, you occasionally walk by the Hoboken dog park with wistful longing; if only your landlord let you have a pup of your own! But, there must be some dog-friendly apartments in Hoboken, because the dog park is always packed. Since that’s the case, I figured I’d tell you lucky pet owners and lovers about a great (and money-saving) event going on at the Liberty Humane Society in Jersey City this weekend:
Liberty Humane Society will be hosting a Pet Wellness Clinic this Sunday, 3/11 from 9 AM – 1 PM
This service provides low-cost vaccinations, testing, micro-chipping and medications for dogs and cats. Clinics operate on a first-come, first-served basis, so there may be a short wait – but considering the costs when taken care of elsewhere, it’s totally worth it.