Family lured Jerrianne and her husband to South Milwaukee in 2002 from Southern California where she worked as, first, a journalist, then, as a court information officer. She now stays busy with media-relations consulting, playing with her three grandchildren (part of the lure), writing, discovering her new environs, and hoping her garden will produce before the first fall frost.
After trips to Indonesia and Los Angeles and joining with South Milwaukee neighbors Nancy and Bill Spaltholz to throw a PhD party for daughter/daughter-in-law (respectively) Carrianne, who officially became a Marquette University post-doc on Sunday, I finally got over to the park across the street for a walk.
And there it was. A new sign.
"Dogs on Leash
Clean up after your pet.
County Ord. 47.06(3), 47.06(6)"
It was planted right next to the walk/bike path where I collided last year with an off-leash dog that cut across the path directly in front of my bike, which I was riding..
It was on that path that an increasing number of canine piles not cleaned up by dog walkers accumulated over the winter. My mistaken belief was that the miscreant dog walkers mistakenly believed that the droppings would get covered over by the next snowfall, eventually disintegrate and be washed away in the spring thaw. My very smart daughter set me straight.
"No, Mom," she said. "Dog owners with backyards know it doesn’t dissolve in the snow or disappear in the spring."
So, I’m glad for the sign. Just hope the dog-walkers see it, too.