Linda threw Oop at us yesterday for our SoCS post today.
We’ve all had that ‘oops’ moment, from dropping the dinner to a stone hitting the window when we’re cutting the grass, but the SoCS isn’t about that, as Linda says
Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “oop.” Find a word with the “oop” sound in it and use it in your post. Enjoy!
The first thing that came to my mind was my bug bear and pet hate of dog poop. This is not the poop itself as it is a perfectly natural function, but what angers and sickens me is
to watch a dog foul the pavement and the owner to keep walking. We always cleared up after Maggie, except on one occasion when it was like water and we had no chance.
The streets here are not paved with gold, they are paved with poop, and no-one even gets their dog into the gutter to do their business as I remember owners doing when I was a child.
As a dog owner, you get to be a bit of a connoisseur on dog poop. Naturally you recognise your own dog’s and I remember a guy having a go at me to clean up after Maggie and I refused. He was adamant, as was I to explain it was not hers. He continued to rant until she did the deed in front of me, which I cleared up immediately. I felt like shoving the bag under his nose to point out the colour, texture and smell was totally different, but he’d stomped off by then.
We have a lady on our estate who takes her dog for a walk using a mobility scooter. The dog poops on the way, leaving a row of dots in his wake, and she doesn’t stop. He did it outside our house once and she saw me at the window, so got off her butt and cleared up. Had she not, I may well have cleared it up myself and thrown it over her fence.
We had a similar instance when we were on the boat and a guy let his dog off on the dog walk to do his business but he never cleared up. In fact, he never went with his dog anyway and stayed on the gravel in the car park! People complained to the management, notices went up, and still the poop remained down. That was until the Manager witnessed it himself and the guy’s mooring contract was terminated. It’s in the small print that you clear up after your pet.
Clearing up after my dog has never been a problem for me. Either end, it doesn’t faze me. It’s my responsibility and goes with the territory of dog ownership. Clearing up after a person? That I’m not so good at.