I am not a fan of slugs, unless they’re cute, multi coloured, and sing as they do in Flushed Away.
As a child, I seriously believed they were snails that hadn’t grown their shells yet (which posed the question are snails born with shells, and the answer is yes. The shell is soft and transparent and the baby snail eats calcium to harden it) .
Also as a child, I would torment them with salt, though unlike Roddy’s ‘rice’ that shied away from it in the pan, my victims didn’t have a chance.
(Please don’t report me for cruelty. I was a child!!)
As I was walking the dog on my own today, the tracks in the woods were speckled with little armadillo type bugs (pill bugs according to my reference book) and black slugs in an assortment of sizes. Some of these slimy black molluscs are absolutely huge, and being part of Nature’s natural dustbins and clean up brigade, pickings are ripe at the moment.
Not only is it annoying when owners don’t clean up after their dogs when they foul the footpaths, but we have noticed recently an increase in the number of empty beer cans, crisp packets, sandwich cartons and fast food wrappings. Sadly there are no bins whatsoever in the woods and what really pisses us off is the amount of litter left in the car park when it could be bagged and disposed of at home.
Sometimes, I wish that one of these enormous slugs would slither out of the undergrowth and devour the offending parties, as well as the rubbish they intended to leave behind!
In fact, we raised the issue of litter and doggie bins with the lads from the forestry commission the last time we saw them. Apparently it boils down to whose responsibility it would be to empty said bins, so as nobody wanted it, it had been decided to have none at all.
Despite a high number of cars in the car park today, I met up with only 4 people. Two elderly gentlemen are friends and walk the one dog in the woods together on Thursdays.
I stopped to chat, and the dog, as always, stuck his nose in my pocket for biscuits.
Then walking back to the car, I met up with a couple Hubby and I had bumped into a few weeks ago and they have a new addition in an 8 month old black and white miniature king charles. Both were on leads, and the woman mentioned that a chocolate cocker spaniel had gone AWOL from their owner, which had made her even more anxious about letting theirs off lead. I didn’t ask if they’d tried out any of our training suggestions, but their toffee dog remembered me and I was given a lovely greeting! Sadly no biscuits were left as Maggie and the previous pocket guest had cleared me out.
Now, is anyone familiar with these? Apparently, they are slugs of a different kind and are used in packing. I remember receiving a Christmas Hamper from one of my former employers and the box was full of these things. Years ago, it used to be masses of either straw or shredded paper.
And I mustn’t forget to mention the white slimy slugs we were presented with which were supposed to be the chips part of our fish and chip supper. We have sampled a variety of takeout food over the years, and have NEVER seen anything this disgusting, nauseating, and gross.
We threw the lot away and haven’t had fish and chips from a chippy since!