Down Sides of Dog Ownership
Herman and I have gotten into the habit of picking up Moxie’s
leavings from her walks with us around the neighborhood.
We’re trying to be like State Farm Insurance, “Being
a good neighbor.” I’ve also noticed that many
other residents are doing the same thing.
I’ve also noticed some people have left their bags,
like bad door prizes, along the side of the road for others
to discover. Such as Herman and I. So we’ve made the
habit of also picking up these bags as we go. There aren’t
that many, and Herman is already doing the disgusting duty,
so why not?
is a definite down side to dog ownership. Cats are fastidious
about leaving their waste in a litter box and carefully
covering it up. Even if you allow your cat out to roam and
poop, which I would never do, I have never discovered cat
leavings in a bad place, such as the bottom of a sneaker.
But doggy landmines do present a hazard.
if you walk your dog in a town, I’m sure you are familiar
with the pooper scooper habit. Some towns even have special
waste receptacles for poop that has been scooped. But here
in the country, even though it is a tourist spot in the
summer, rules are more lax and people basically do what
they’d do if at home.
who was raised on a farm, never worried about where the
dog went and what he or she may have left, as they had lots
of land and few neighbors. But here in this Adirondack community
of Caroga Lake we’re packed in pretty tight and need
to watch what we do to affect our close neighbors.
I ever tell you that the farm Herman grew up on was over
200 acres and they not only raised cows and the food for
the cows, but also had a bottling plant and dairy as well
as a milk route at one time. Herman and I couldn’t
have come from more different backgrounds if we’d
back to the discussion of what to do about many dogs in
close proximity, not only is there a poop problem, there
are also aggressive dogs and those who don’t abide
by the leash law. Unfortunately, Moxie, our Dalmatian, is
one of those dogs who are suspicious of other canines and
tends to be over protective of our property and when we
walk, even of our surrounding areas. Herman has to keep
tight hold on a short leash at those times we encounter
other dogs (one exception being Moxie’s affection
for Logan, her local boyfriend who I spoke of a few weeks
pretend to have answers here, I’m just noting the
facts that there are down sides to dog ownership. Not that
I’d give up our Dalmation’s company for them.
"Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an
acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance
writing from Caroga Lake here in Fulton County. Previous
columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com"