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At FOD, dog owners do what they please

By Fred Fagan

I would like to comment on the ongoing conversation in the Index-Tribune regarding dogs and the Montini Preserve. I oversee the Sonoma Valley Field of Dreams, which is alongside the Montini Preserve.

On Friday, June 20, I was working on the baseball field at FODs. I watched a couple of men come from the parking lot and allow their off-leash dog to immediately relieve itself where fans, parents and families put out chairs and blankets and watch their kids play softball on Mary’s Field.

They continued their walk, now coming toward me as I worked on Peterson Diamond. I opened with, “Would you guys be interested in knowing why there are no dogs allowed on Field of Dreams?” One guy stiffened and said something like, “Oh, I didn’t know this was considered part of FODs.” I replied, “Yes it is, and there is a dog park right there,” as I pointed to the dog park beside the overnight shelter house.

The guy said the dog park is too dirty, has fleas and there are snippy dogs.

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