There’s a neighbor dog here in my neighborhood. I don’t know his name. We’ve not been formally introduced, ya see. I only see him around, here & there, now & then. See him following his master, a Swell Prince of a Fellow.
My neighbor is a Shepherd of Germanic Heritage, a noble breed. The heart of the K9 Corp, teamed up with law enforcemnt officers. Shepherds of Germanic heritage are bomb-sniffing & drug-sniffing dogs. Shepherds of Germanic heritage are sensitive & courageous. Self-respecting Off-spring of Great Todo.
Getting a master is a roll of the bone, at best. Some of us are lucky & get to join a team, a family & take part in the larger scheme of things. Others like my neighbor, just suffer in silence. What else can be done?
German Shepherd’s master is a swell Prince of a Fellow. He doesn’t believe in Poo Bags or picking up after himself . . . or his dog. So Swelled Prince prances the neighborhood, 8 steps ahead of the dog. When the dog does his bizness, as dogs must do, he’s forced to do it right on the sidewalk. In front of God & Great Todo & anyone around. How humiliating & demeaning. Perish the thought.
I’ve witnessed it. I know what I see. Sniffed it so I know the scent. Not many days go by from 1 trail to the next. It’s easy to tell the dog’s embarassed & chagrinned. He probly much rather be anywhere that following behind his master & doing his bizness right out on the sidewalk & no one picks up. A blow to self-esteem & dignity. A Shepherd of Germanic Heritage has his pride, ya know.
suffers in silence. He’s a good dog & knows his purpose. A self-respecting Off-spring of Great Todo.
I can only speculate what Prince of a Fellow’s response might be were we to suggest . . . Pardon us, Sir. Would it be too much to ask you to clean up after your dog? Parks supplies poo-bags. Just put a couple in your pocket. It’s no trouble at all.
I can only imagine . . . Why? Can’t you see, OpalK9? I have a family to support. I’m a busy person. Far too important to be burdened with abiding by petty rules or common courtesies. Which apply to others, not me. Besides, he’s just a dog. He doesn’t care where he does his bizness. Oh no. No. No. No. OpalK9. You’re sadly mistaken. I can’t be bothered with petty details & bureaucracies. Besides, it’s only the sidewalk. That’s Parks Department job. So menial. Much below my skill set, education & abilities. Parks gets paid to do that. I pay my taxes. Let them do their job. I’m American. I know my rights. Oh no. No. No. No. Besides, you should see my neighbor. Now there’s a real doozie. You should see his garage. & his landscaping. Scandalous. Just look over there. You’ll see. Things could be worse than just leaving dog crap on sidewalks all over town.
Sometimes I wish that us dogs had better communication skills than merely understanding human body language & words. Not often. Just sometimes. Like when dealing with knuckleheads that can’t possibly be bothered to do the right thing. Just the smallest right thing. Like common courtesy & respect, obeying laws & observing rules that help us all get along better in neighborhoods & on AnimalPlanet.com.