Mutt strutt and rally to oppose dog ban on Ocean Beach

Hi OB Buddies - This may not be everyone's cup of tea, but if you have a dog and like to walk him on Ocean Beach, you will be affected by the actions that the National Park Service is taking to ban dogs on Ocean Beach from Sloat to Lincoln.  Dogs will still be allowed on the beach at Fort Funston and in an area up by the Cliff House, but that closes a huge part of the beach in between.  Even leashed dogs would not be allowed from Sloat to Lincoln under the preferred alternative.  No more walking over to watch the sunset with the doggie  :(

There are a few dog-related meetups doing this and dog-loving Ocean Beach Buddies will join them.  

Save Dog Walking in the GGNRA! 
Saturday, Nov. 2 
March and Rally at the GGNRA Open House Meeting

11 am - March from at East Beach at Crissy Field 

12 noon - Rally at lower Fort Mason outside Bldg D 

You can submit your comments on the GGNRA dog plan (available to view at:, if you have any, at the GGNRA open house.  

The Golden Gate National Recreation Area has released a plan that dramatically cuts where people can walk with their dogs in recreation areas. There will be NO off-leash dog walking anywhere on GGNRA land in San Mateo County. Rodeo Beach will be the ONLY off-leash area in Marin. In San Francisco, the plan will ban dogs entirely from the vast majority of Fort Funston, the East Beach at Crissy Field and most of Ocean Beach.

This is NOT a silent rally. Bring signs, whistles, bells. Those who do not want to march 1 mile from Crissy Field can meet at the entrance to lower Fort Mason at 11:30 to walk in with the procession. Dogs must be ON LEASH at Fort Mason. There will be a dog valet so humans may submit comments at the open house inside building D.

I don't know this person, but that's my sign I left at the last rally.  Glad it got reused!

If you care about this issue, please come.  Once dogs are banned from Ocean Beach, it will be forever.  

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  • frank l.

    Hello, all.
    I am looking to make a 90 second video on the proposed dog ban on Ocean Beach.
    If you want to share with the internet your opinion on the matter and have me film you walking your pup, Id love to hear from you.

    December 3, 2013

  • Kathleen M.

    The dog owners were there. When the dog attacked, they shouted angrily at their dog, grabbed his collar, and lead him a few yards down the beach. Then they released thier dog (still unleash). He immediately ran back and resumed the attack on the still standing pelican. They were again angry at their dog. I don't blame the dog. Just the wrong place to bring an untrained dog off leash. By contrast, the owners seem to think the attack was the dog's fault. The dog that bit me last year is a Blue Heeler, and is specifically bred to bite cattle on the heels to herd them. But also a tired mom walking home from work. In both cases, the owners chose not to adhere to city lease ordinance. The dog on the beach was likely also breed to bite. He was large with a big square head, and may have some bull dog genes. Again, the attack was not his fault. We humans need to be more responsible.

    October 31, 2013

    • Karen

      Kathleen - do you know what bird rescue group responds to injured birds on Ocean Beach?

      November 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I don't have a dog, and I'd like to add I see equally irresponsible behavior from non-pet owners.

    I visit the beach with my family near Taraval and always find cigarette butts, liquor bottles and picnic trash left behind. I've confronted idiots peeing off the dune and families tossing broken toys into the ocean.

    I'd argue that's equally harmful to the environment.

    I'm not condoning the bird attack (where were the dog owners BTW?) but we should provide equal restrictions to all those that harm the beach.

    October 31, 2013

  • Kathleen M.

    Unfortunately, not all dog owners are as responsible as you. While it is not fair that you and your pet should be restricted because of the actions of less responsible citizens, this is what the Park Service feels they must now resort to.

    As to "forever", the Western Snowy Plover is near extinction. If these tiny birds continue to be harassed to exhaustion by uncontrolled dogs, seriously compromising thier health and survival, thier extinction will truly be forever.

    On the beach by Sloat, where our family lives, most dog owners unleash thier dogs immediately upon reaching the beach, and do not otherwise control them. I have been tripped and pushed over numerous times by such uncontrolled dogs. This ever present risk is likely why older people and small children rarely visit the beach.

    I regularly see dogs relentless pursue shore birds attempting to feed or rest. I also had to watch a dog repeatedly attacking a weak pelican. On my return trip I found the bird dead.

    October 26, 2013

    • Kathleen M.

      I absoultly agree it is a shame that a few bad actors are triggering this action.On the pelican that was attacked until it died, the next one I found, I stayed with to keep the dogs off until the bird rescue group came. That one is still alive.

      October 27, 2013

    • Karen

      I've called the marine mammal center about beached sea lions but didnt know anyone came for birds. The one time I saw one needing help I called NPS but they wouldn't come. Who do you call for birds in the city? I will put them in my cell phone.

      October 27, 2013

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