Friday, 15 July 2011
We've all stood in dog excrement at some time or another haven't we? It's not very pleasant, it sticks to your shoes like glue and stinks to high heaven. So, when the law changed and dog owners were compelled to pick up after their animals we all thought it was a great idea.
Doggy waste would now be placed in plastic bags so that neither we nor our children, in particular, would ever again walk the stuff on to our nice clean carpets. Unfortunately, there has been a downside because, whilst most dog owners behave responsibly, others simply throw the waste-filled bags on to pathways, on to pavements, into hedges, and even on to the branches of trees. How crass and anti-social is that? At least excrement left on the pavement is biodegradable and will eventually rot or be washed away by the rain whereas, in a bag, it is a filthy eyesore and will remain so for as long as it takes the plastic bag to rot. Can we suggest, ever so politely, that those irresponsible dog-owners either use freely available biodegradable waste bags or use the bins provided by local council. Failing that can you just take the waste back home with you.