I love going for walks to take pictures especially in the clear, cold winter days. Yesterday was such a day. It was a sunny, -32°C winter afternoon. It was cold enough but I was dressed for the weather.
My second stop of the day took me to the trails around Frame Lake and between the lake and the hospital. The trails are well traveled which is good to see. People out walking and running and taking advantage of the area we live in.
Unfortunately there appears to be too many irresponsible dog owners that also walk their dogs on the trails. I was disgusted to see the number of piles of dog poop sitting along the almost pristine trails. I have a hard time understanding the mind set of these dog owners.
My dogs have been trained to go to the bathroom in our dog pen and seldom do they go poop outside the pen but when they do, we always have a poop bag to pick it up. We have always been responsible dog owners this way. But why are there so many dog owners who feel it is ok to leave their dog’s deposits wherever they may go? What makes them believe that no one cares? How can they be that irresponsible?
Do these owners not realize that it is unsightly and even more so, unhygienic? In fact, this is how disease can be spread. 1 gram of dog feces can contain 23 million fecal coliform bacteria that can cause cramps, diarrhea, intestinal disorders and kidney problems. Sure, it is winter right now and it is frozen, but when the snow melts, the feces melts too and becomes a stinky, disease infested mess on the trails that we like to walk on for pleasure.
These irresponsible owners also can’t use the excuse that they forgot their doggie doodie bags. The trails have dog poop bags along the way so that people who did forget their bags can do the right thing. Unfortunately, too many people just think about themselves and not the rest of us who like to enjoy the outside or about the environment. They don’t care about the health of the rest of us or of our dogs either.
Is it they don’t really know how to pick up their dogs waste? Well here are some tips for them. Take a read if you are one of those people. Take it upon yourself to become educated and become that responsible dog owner.
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