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I live semi rural in the UK. All houses have gardens, many very large yet every day all the dog keepers take their dogs out for "a walk" but in actual fact, all they're doing is taking their dogs off of their own property so they can defecate somewhere else - somewhere shared by the public.
"Somewhere else" comprises footpaths, farmland and recreation grounds.
I watch them go out and watch them return - so very few are carrying poo bags.
I once challenged a dog walker as to how they could justify "walking" their dog on a recreation field where children come to play sport and frequently end up on the ground - their response was that they only "walk" their dogs around the edge!!
What I've found puzzling, and now see as extreme arrogance, is why can't they get their dogs to defecate in their own gardens (or campsite pitches) - then it's up to them if they pick up or not? I wonder how they would feel if I came and defecated on their front lawn every morning!
I know it's not all dog keepers that are so inconsiderate but from where I sit, it's the majority who are guilty, not the minority.
I'm quiet happy to see dogs on campsites as long as I don't hear them, have them sniffing around my feet or have to step around piles of poo.
The charges made by site owners are indicative of the "inconvenience" they are to that site owner.
........ and please don't label me a dog hater, but rather a hater of arrogant dog keeprs.
Tony - thats is a spot on observation mate. Exactly how I see things on my own patch, some down right disgusting I can tell you.
Of course by charging for dogs they could well be opening themselves up to the "I paid £5 for the dog so I am going to leave that pile of poo there for the site owner to clear up" type of owner!
I have surveyed the dog walkers around my home and while none of them object to picking up after their dog, most of them do not like to carry it around with them. More dog bins is the answer methinks. In Geneva they have bins everywhere and alongside them they have bag dispensers giving out free bags. Not a dog poop in sight.
all this fuss about picking up!! I walk my dog daily and the number of little bundles of polythene wrapped phoo that we see discarded in the undergrowth or hanging from hedges etc is dissappointing.
Lets make sure that those who pickup also take home or put in a BIN.
Phoo left on the pavement etc while a nuisance will eventually breakdown and dissappear that wrapped in polythene will be there for a very long time!
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