Dear Future Dog Owner,
I bet you think you really want a dog don’t you? I mean how cute is this?…
Adorable I know and I bet you REALLY want one now don’t you? The question though is, will you look after other people if you do?
That was not a typo, I don’t want to know if you will look after a furry little fellow, although obviously I would hope you would. No I want to know whether you will protect other people, children in particular, by doing your duty and picking up any dog poop the furry lovely produces?
Owning a dog comes with a lot of responsibilities, but unfortunately many dog owners seem to think that some of them are optional, and that it is perfectly okay to leave foul poopy messes all over the place.
I want to tell you, that it is NOT okay. It is not okay that last week I had to clean dog mess off of my son’s trainers again. This was my eldest son’s trainers, the same son who already has Type 1 Diabetes which makes him more prone to infections, eczema and asthma, and really does not need any other health conditions. Especially not preventable health conditions, caused by the selfishness of lazy dog owners.
Did you know that dog’s mess can cause toxocariosis and optical cellulosis, which can lead to blindness, other health problems and even death? My question to you is, would you ever intentionally hurt a child? No? Then if you do get a dog, don’t risk doing it just because you are lazy.
Nadine Nash was 34 when she lost an eye, thanks to coming into contact with animal faeces when she was four, and had years of pain before she lost it. Just think how you would feel, if this happened to someone in your local area, and it could possibly be your fault because you didn’t scoop all of your dog’s poo.
If that was me (which believe me it never would be) I don’t think that I could live with that guilt, especially not all for the sake of a five second poop scoop.
Finding dog poo on my children’s shoes is not a new thing unfortunately, I have been annoyed for years about this issue. When my children were small, I spent way too many hours cleaning dog’s mess off of our pushchair’s wheels.
When you are pushing a pushchair it’s very hard to see the ground in front of you and often even if you can see the ground, you have a choice of going through poo, or risking your child’s life by pushing them in to a busy road to avoid it.
Then of course when you get home, if you don’t notice the poo as I often didn’t, you end up wheeling it into your home. Dog’s poo on carpets and on floors where my toddler and baby crawled around and played together was an absolute nightmare, and a complete health hazard……a completely avoidable one.
So potential future dog owner, think to yourself, can I cope with picking up my dog’s poo? Will I always scoop? If the answer is no or even only maybe, then please do us all a favour AND GET A GOLDFISH.
Stevie (Stephanie Couch)