Friday, January 18, 2008

Emptying ones Dog on the Towpath

This week I have been strolling past Maffi's boat and wondering what on earth possesses dog walkers to empty their dogs alongside boats. Maffi's boat has numerous piles of canine offerings along his boat and just a narrow corridor of clean grass between the towpath and the door of his boat. One has to walk tentatively one foot in the other through the stench.

The most amazing, and almost amusing, element of the distribution of this waste product is that there is a dog waste bin thingy right by his boat on the other side of the towpath!! I realise some people just don't like to handle digested dog food, but why empty their dog between the towpath and the boat rather than between the path and the hedge, and WHY do it by someones front and back door (and along the boat in this case)?

I don't think it takes an anatomical specialist to work out that a crouching dog is not pretending to sit on an imaginary chair to exercise its muscles, or playing a 'I am sitting on an arm chair in the middle of no-where to be funny' game, but rather partaking of the lavatory. When a dog is in this position,it is entering discharge mode and surely any owner can quite easily and gently (but urgently) steer the offending end into a bush?

Perhaps I should hand out some flags to stick into the mountainous piles for the irresponsible dog owner? At least then we won't be strolling through it all the time.


Anonymous kh said...

Such inventive use of the Queen's English. Elegant, amusing yet to the point. A pleasure to read.


11:10 PM  
Anonymous Christine said...

Hi Bones

I have now entered the world of Dog Ownership and always carry some 'poo bags'. It is easy to collect and dispose of bags in bins or, more environmentaly, when in woods and off footpaths, I cover any deposits deeply in leaf mold. There is no excuse for towpath mess.

BTW A local nature reserve sprays the offending dollops in fluorescent spray paint to highlight the menace.

Hope you are faring well in the rain,

Love and best wishes,
Chris 'n' Ken (and the hound Charlie) xxxxxx

12:30 PM  
Blogger Maffi said...

What a good idea! Do you think they will give me some fluorescent paint too.

10:38 AM  
Anonymous Alllan said...

Well when i was staying at my brother Maffi's boat i did fall foul of the said poo and after cleaning my boots i went and stuck sticks in the mounds of poo with tesco's bags on top to high light that it was there

6:43 PM  
Anonymous Allan said...

Flags my dear Bones, What when we have Tesco bags on sticks lol

6:46 PM  
Blogger Miss T said...

My dear broo used to carry a packet of cocktail parsols to stick in the most egregious examples.

8:20 AM  

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