Aug. 17: Letters to the editor

Coyote pet protection

Thank you for your excellent and topically important article, “Coyotes ‘Out of Control’ in Carmel Valley.” I might have an idea that would be helpful to other local pet owners.

After the 2003 fires our Maltese named “Fat Boy” was attacked in our backyard in Del Mar near the Flower Hill Mall. The dogs had a dog door in the wall of our family room.

We took Fat Boy to Helen Woodward Animal Hospital and he survived after 16 bites, a pierced diaphragm and major thoracic surgery.

After that, we decided to protect our dogs by buying the largest pet cage and removing the plastic base so it sat on the grass under the dog door. We attached the cage to the wall and used tether screws to secure it to the ground. Our dogs could relieve themselves in the cage and we used the cage door to clean out the grass area.

I hope this might help worried owners. My heart goes out to those who have had injured or lost pets. I hope this helps to save our beloved pets.

Lynne Wheeler

Rancho Santa Fe

Beach not for dogs

I was overwhelmingly pleased to read your article “DM drawing up new rules for dogs on beach,” Del Mar Times, Aug. 10, 2017.

Let me identify myself as a person that has spent many years in the immediate Del Mar area, including college residence at 18th and Coast in the ’60s, apartment living on Stratford Court before I bought my place, still in 92014 but outside of the city limits.

For the past few years, I have walked the Torrey Pines State Beach/Del Mar Beach. I consider it to be an exceptionally beautiful beach, and I’ve seen a few in my time. I would start walking from the State Reserve parking north to Del Mar. I would do this with my wife, with business associates, etc. and end up having a martini or a nice lunch at the Poseidon, and taking the bus back down to the Reserve. Great stuff.

The difference when you pass the State Beach property into the Del Mar beach has always bothered me: you don’t see birds on the beach on the Del Mar side, while there’s always an interesting, variety just south. People are usually accommodating about birds, but dogs and, most importantly, their owners, never. Particularly disturbing was finding off-leash dogs and their owner invading the Reserve. Might I remind the reader that the Reserve has the highest environmental protection the state offers. And, of course, as the article mentions, there are the dog owners on the Del Mar side that just don’t believe the leash laws belong to them. Please let me say, that the dogs don’t anymore belong on the beach. There is an ecosystem that they damage, and their owners clearly don’t care. Their dogs are special. For them, but not the rest of us.

Occasionally I would suggest to the dog people that they were on the south side of the DM/TPSR line. Usually they were from elsewhere and were happy to know the difference. But then there were the hostile ones, the entitled ones, the Del Mar dog owners.

I no longer walk on the Del Mar beach. Once I see an unleashed dog, I turn around and head back south. I haven’t been in Del Mar for quite a while now. There’s a bad atmosphere there. I was really glad to see that it’s being addressed by beach-loving people. Get rid of the dogs on the Del Mar beach south of 20th. Dogs don’t live on the beach; many other things do. The humans and the other species should be able to stay and enjoy the beach without dogs.

Douglas Lappi

Del Mar