Poo to you too, you’re inconsiderate

2015-06-23 06:00

I was totally shocked by the rudeness of a dog owner on the Vlei late Sunday afternoon.

I had walked across to the Vlei with my two granddaughters to climb their favourite trees and said: “You can run on ahead.”

“No,” said the 11-year-old, “One can’t run and see to avoid the dog poo so you don’t step in it.”

Which was very true seeing how much of it was lying around.

Then we headed to the children’s park area and there was a large man walking with his large dog a little way behind him.

The dog stopped and did an obviously big poo, but the man just kept walking.

I thought maybe he had not noticed so caught up with him to tell him, so that he could pick it up.

He obviously did not have a packet with him and he made it quite clear that he did not intend to pick up any poo that his dog made.

In fact he was so adamant and rude, maintaining that he would not pick up anything his dog did, and didn’t I have anything better to do than approach him on this matter.

He told me to “get a life” and find something better to occupy my time with.

I said children use this park and can step in it. He commented heatedly that his grandchildren had stepped in dog poo and they were still alive and what was I on about?

I said, then why bring his dog here to the Vlei to do his business, why not do it in his own garden and let his own grandchildren step in it rather than mine?

He said the trouble with picking up dog poo was that the packets would clog up the system and it was natural to just leave dog poo around to rot and return to the earth.

And the same problem would occur with him picking up dog poo in his own garden.

I guess he would rather leave it to rot on the Vlei than in his own garden – faulty reasoning at best!

And off he stalked in the direction of the yacht club, muttering something about walking on the Vlei for years.

My eight-year-old granddaughter remarked: “Well, Granny, I guess the dog did do it near a tree, so maybe the children at the park won’t walk in it.”

I have lived at the Vlei for 44 years and dog owners never left their dogs’ poo around like they do today.

Where is the respect that we used to have back then? It certainly was a better world.

Maybe we need patrolling around who can use their time profitably to monitor this problem instead of harassing the law-abiding dog-walking public who pick up their dogs’ poo by saying “You may not walk your dog off the lead else I will fine you”, which is absolutely ridiculous when there is not another soul on the Vlei.

I saw that happen one day to an older couple, walking their little dogs, and saw them being “harassed” by some official telling them to go to the beach past Sunrise to walk their dogs – a beach unprotected and where that very same couple had been attacked before.

Let’s get our act together and ensure that the correct people are apprehended – the ones who are leaving their dog poo around for unsuspecting children to step into.

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