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It's Official--Badger Dog Park's New Signs

Badger Dog Park sports new signs that designate it for dogs 17 inches and under.

 It was a satisfying morning for Healdsburg Parks Manager Matthew Thompson and Healdsburg Animal Control Officer Ryan Pelleriti.

They  arrived at 750 Heron Drive just before 11 a.m. Wednesday with two new signs designating Badger Dog Park as a

In addition to Thompson and Pelleriti,  Tami Hampton of the was on hand along with a number of her cohorts who pressured for the official designation. 

“I’m super happy that we’re all on the same page,” said Hampton.  “It’s almost a relief it’s all over.  They’re all going to be safe.”

walked over with five dogs, big and small, to support the new designation. 

“A dual park is a good idea," Pietropaoli said.  "It was done democratically, it will keep the grass intact and the big dogs won’t trample the little ones.”

Hampton provided a written statement with contact information to Thompson and Pelleriti for people wanting more information about the dog park designations.

“The Committee, composed of residents who worked with the city would be glad to meet with you to explain why Healdsburg has two dog parks,” the document states.

According to Hampton, 74 people took part in the conversations regarding the change in official designation.  Of those, 25 stalwarts attended regular meetings.  Between 10 and 30 dogs play each day at the Badger Dog Park. 

Keri Brenner (Editor) February 04, 2011 at 04:15 AM
Hi Rick: I myself find it hard to believe that anyone in the Healdsburg Dog Park Committee would be uncivil or rude to other dog owners. In my experience writing about the Badger Dog Park and Healdsburg Animal Shelter and working with Cecilia Pietropaoli on the Pet Tales column, the people who have dogs in Healdsburg are passionate about being kind and humane and making sure both dogs and people are safe, comfortable and well treated. I'm sorry you had some bad experiences, but I don't believe that those are reflective of the majority of dog park users here.
Richard Sorensen Romero, J.D. February 04, 2011 at 11:41 AM
I give up Keri - ask key members of the Healdsburg Dog Park Committee. I have and they confirm my expressed opinions. You have no idea of whether my experience is reflective of the majority of dog park users. Answer this question: Have you ever taken your dog (do you have one under 17 inches) to the Dog Park or know a male friend who has? If the answer, if you choose to answer, is no then your Pollyanna approach is ill-informed and naive. Has Healdsburg Patch simply become a cheerleader for your national Patch guidelines and requirements? Do you think Healdsburg should know about this?
Keri Brenner (Editor) February 04, 2011 at 04:54 PM
Sorry Rick, we can't have you calling people defamatory and even slanderous names on our site. I have deleted your previous comment in which you used defamatory and inflammatory names to describe members of this community.
Richard Sorensen Romero, J.D. February 04, 2011 at 06:30 PM
It was predictable that you would take my post down Keri. The individuals I mentioned were friends. My comments were not libelous; I graduated from Law School and am not certain that you attended the same Keri. You were redundant Keri above: slander and libel are defamation, Such a statment of defamation towards a local businessman is actually potentially actionable in itself. Not to worry, but your comments above were inaccurate and demonstrate a quashing of free expression not dissimilar to what we are witnessing in Egypt. No problem, I will still follow Patch and will behave like Dick VanDyke in Mary Poppins hereafter. At least the Healdsburg Tribune does not delete comments made by members of the community after publishing.
Keri Brenner (Editor) February 04, 2011 at 06:54 PM
Hi Rick: We do not condone calling people names akin to a racial slur on this website. The term "Nazi" is offensive to many different people and is defamatory to many people, including myself. We at Healdsburg Patch are not interested in being a platform for such slurs to anyone. I will continue to delete posts that use such language.
Richard Sorensen Romero, J.D. February 04, 2011 at 07:10 PM
Hi Keri: Did you ever see the famous Seinfeld episode regarding the "Soup Nazi?" Even some of the women at the Badger Dog Park use the term with respect to their friends in jest. Please do not attempt to reprimand a former Chicano civil rights expert for racial slurs. Lighten up Keri, I am not a Patch employee and will not be treated like a peon. As I said, I do not plan to post for sometime; so please "back off, slack off" as we say in golf. Oh, ask your Patch supervisor, if need be, if that expression is libelous, offensive, or a racial slur. You always have the Delete the Post luxury.
Dan Ross February 04, 2011 at 07:33 PM
Richard: I am the Regional Editor for Marin, Sonoma, Napa and Solano counties. Some of your posts were removed for violating our Acceptable Use Policy contained within our Terms of Use. I strongly encourage you to read the entire policy, but I shall include portions here to emphasize my point. "We understand that everyone has different opinions, but Patch will make the sole determination as to whether Content is acceptable for the Service. (Someone has to be in charge, right?) Without limitation, you agree that you will not post or transmit to other users anything that contains Content that: -- is defamatory, abusive, obscene, profane or offensive; -- is threatening, harassing or that promotes racism, bigotry, hatred or physical harm of any kind against any group or individual; Instead of trying to memorize all that, you might boil it down to three main policies: “Keep it clean,” “Don’t try to trick people,” and “Treat others as you’d like to be treated.” Easy, right? We do our best to keep tabs on what is posted on the site, however Patch is under no obligation to screen or monitor Content, but may review Content from time to time at its sole discretion to determine compliance with this Acceptable Use Policy. Patch will make all determinations as to what Content is appropriate at its sole discretion. We may include, edit or remove any Content at any time without notice. " Questions, contact me directly at dan@patch.com

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