As they do every month, the RUFF group was out on Sunday morning for a neighborhood cleanup. Now that most of the snow has melted, this is the worst time of year for litter and poop on the streets and in the parks. Despite the filth, I caught them smiling here after having collected several bags of trash from the Charter Street park.
RUFF stands for Responsible Urbanites for Fido and has become an effective advocacy group for dog owners in the North End. Check out their Facebook page for the latest on upcoming meetings and events.
Also in canine breaking news, the Boston Parks department has approved a proposal for five “rotating” off leash dog recreation areas on Boston Common at the request of the Friends of the Public Garden and Common Canine. The groups will now move forward in raising money to establish and maintain the recreation areas and to restore damaged turf. Areas will be designated by signs, not fences, and it is estimated that 12-30 dogs will use the spaces during the designated 5 hour periods of operation. Read more.