If you live within a five-mile radius of the south Arroyo Seco and you don’t walk there regularly, shame on you. And if you have a dog, double dog shame on you. It is green and gold and shady, with streams and red-tailed hawks and jackrabbits. There’s room enough for joggers and equestrians and dog-walkers, and as long as the off-leash people respect the needs of the on-leash people and leash up when necessary, everyone gets along beautifully.
Here’s a thought, City of Pasadena: PLEASE make the Arroyo a dog park on weekdays! It’s already an unofficial one, with 80% of dogs off leash during the week (weekends are more uptight). Maybe the west side of the river could be off-leash, and the east side on leash, so everyone has a place to romp comfortably. It’s just torture for a red-blooded dog to not be able to run and play and chase critters in such a place. And we upstanding residents don’t like to be lawbreakers, even though we are.
Here’s a recent collection of photos of our dog friends in the Arroyo. Coming up next: Dogs of the Rose Bowl.