MargieH

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When I was young on Clifton, dogs were often left to wander around on their own. Some were ok, but some definitely weren't.

 

The main thing I remember was that they had a habit of leaving their mark on the pavements and grass areas - with their owners not knowing or caring. Dog dirt was regarded almost as something you had to put up with, like rain or fog. It was easy to walk around and get back home to find you'd got something unpleasant stuck to the sole of your shoe.

 

A big advance in recent times has been dog owners acknowledging that it's their job to clear up the mess. If you'd suggested that to any dog owner in the 60s, I'm not sure what response you would've got.

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You could leave your dog shit on the streets & pavements right up to 1996 & I'm sure there is still some exemptions where you don't have to pick it up?

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12 minutes ago, Cliff Ton said:

A big advance in recent times has been dog owners acknowledging that it's their job to clear up the mess. 

Unfortunately not all dog owners where I walk Kai. It’s bad enough skirting around all the horse poo, which judging by the amount horses do it all the while:wacko:

As it was raining all day yesterday and where we normally go would have been a bit clarty we had a walk to the vets so I could weigh Kai. He has lost a bit of weight again, he wasn’t eating properly the same as when we lost Wolf. I have altered his diet a bit and he is starting to eat a bit better now, he has put about 2kg on.
Then we went to the pet shop. He enjoys that. He had a look at the toys, nothing interesting thankfully his toy box is quite full, had a good sniff round the dog food, treats etc and we got 5 packs of lamb spaghetti treats which will last just over 3 weeks (he only has one a day of the long ones, if I go out without him he gets a shorter one when I come back). Met a new friend, had a lot of fuss from the staff and we had a slow walk back. A drink of water and he is now napping. 
It’s a good day:)

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One day I took Lulu my smallest chihuahua out with me only to have a walk round. I always have roll of plastic bags to pick up poo, so wasn't worried she would do anything , as its so easy to pick up. But then she bobbed down to wee, imagine she weighs 2.kg and tiny, the patch she left was a big as an upturned coffee cup, but the agro I got from a passing woman made me feel so small. I am a responsible person who doesn't like to see doggie bits left in the street but what can you do if a tiny dog wees outside? You cant pick it up the only thing I could do was to rinse it with a bottle of water that I always carry in my handbag for myself. This woman went off muttering that it shouldn't have been allowed. Obviously has never experienced having a pet.

I must add too that none of our dogs go regularly out into the streets. We live in the country and there are so many country walks around here. during the day they go in the garden as sometimes when it rains they just walk straight back in. So with 4 dogs its like "following the cart horse". I'd sooner do that than have the messing the streets up and having to clean it up with most people looking and saying "ugh I couldn't do that " Usually people like this woman who's never had a pet in their lives.

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I love all animals....but i'll never have another Dog...i just couldnt go out picking its mess up, sorry.....at least Cats go next door mostly,,,have to laugh ive had neighbours asking me to ''Have a word'' which ive done,,,but they take no notice,,lol

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Guilty, if I spot a dog & walker stop outside my house, I'm out with a bowl of soapy water to swill it down, sometimes before the mutts even finished his business :biggrin:  

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My cats use their litter trays, although one of them will do his toilet in the garden, if nature calls while he's out there. He always covers it up. My tabby female always comes in and uses the tray. No dirt digging for her. She'd get her nails dirty! Miss Tabby inspects a tray very carefully before she gets in. Then she looks and sniffs in all the corners. If it doesn't pass muster, she gets out and goes to another tray, often with a commentary thrown in!

 

We have 5 trays around the house. They are cleaned as soon as used, with a scoop and fresh litter put in.  It doesn't bother me at all but show me a dirty nappy and I'd throw up!  I couldn't cope with that.

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Our dogs have pp pads for emergencies

They are collected every monday along with other rubbish. (Separatly of course).

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When we lived up north, the house was on an acre of forest land. Our 2 cats have always had a litter tray indoors. They would come inside, use their tray and go out again.  They would see next doors many cats dig a hole ouside and use it, but they would never do that themselves. 

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Kai and I have just been out for our walk, we didn’t go out yesterday because of the weather, it was a rushing day instead much to his horror, so he was very insistent that he was going out today. It us actually a nice day now for walking although the wind is gusting a bit strong occasionally.

We went our usual walk where I can let him to have a sniffle around etc. The first part was a bit muddy, had my hiking boots on so wasn’t bothered. We got to the part where it is a narrow path, I looked down and realised we were walking on a layer of gloopy (Technical term) horse poo which covered all the path, I presume the rain had allowed it to spread. Normally the path is like a minefield but you can skirt around the piles (and I do mean piles), luckily Kai doesn’t find it interesting.  It was like this all the way the path was narrow which is quite a way, once the path widened towards the end we were able to get around the stuff once again. 
Once we got home my boots were washed under the garden tap and Kai, who has very hairy feet, had all four washed before he came into the house. I think I can positively say he wasn’t very impressed at the procedure. 
I always carry poo bags with me to clean up after Kai, I know it isn’t really possible to clear up after your horse, although I can remember the rag and bone man clearing up after his horse, but this was tacky (another technical term) and quite gross. I don’t think there are any health issues with it (?),  unlike dogs, but it was unpleasant.
I know the top is part of a bridlepath but don’t think the bottom part is. Perhaps a bit of thought is required by the horse riders?

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The hens will remain locked up tomorrow when the tree surgeons are at work. Cats and dog won't like it either when the chainsaws and diesel shredder are on the go.  Caught another live mouse and put it outside this morning. The cats have stopped killing them for some reason? They just bring the mice in and play with them. I have learnt where the mice hide out and able to rescue them unharmed - that is until they get into the pantry, then it's the trap..

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