There is hope!

Long term readers of this blog will know that I harbor a special distaste for careless dog owners. Actually that might be a bit of an understatement: I think anyone who lets their dog poop in a public place and then walks away from the disgusting pile should be consigned to the seventh level of hell. Sadly, there seem to be a lot of dog owners like that in Portugal, and not much in the way of civic campaigns to reeducate them.

But there is hope! After a three-year closure for major renovations, Loulé’s city park has reopened with an irrigation system, tons of newly planted trees, a jogging route, exercise equipment…and numerous No Pooping signs.

no pooping sign

Even better, the No Pooping signs are located near plastic bag supplies and trash cans. It’s going to take more effort now for seventh-level dog owners to walk away from their responsibilities…and it seems to be working. In my regular walks through the park, I haven’t seen any piles of crap lying in wait for unsuspecting children (who are usually the ones running across the grass). What a lovely change.

I also had to admire the artwork on the signs. Amazing how, with a mere silhouette, the artist managed to perfectly capture the hunched stance of a pooping dog.


About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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6 Responses to There is hope!

  1. Lilaine says:

    Coming summer and the inflow of tourists, on my beach-side gate I usually stick a couple of no-parking signs(at eye level to facilitate people’s comprehension) and one no-pooping sign(some distance lower for the dogs’ comprehension…).
    Usually, it works… for a little while, anyway. 🙂

  2. Ana_ñ says:

    Cool, a new poop dog post! 🙂
    Not machines implied this time, just old common sense and promoting civic spirit, good. However, your Dantesque threat tells me you still see yourself as a uniformed reprimander doing the shit shaming…

      • Ana_ñ says:

        >Well said!

        It is understood that, if I am involved, well said means bad said but good intentions 🙂
        If you delete automatically all the comments I have made in your blog, the error rate would drop dramatically 😦 😀

        • oregon expat says:

          Not at all! “Well said” means I acknowledge the truth of your observation. And, I think I need to get a t-shirt that says “SHIT SHAMER.” That would be cool. 🙂

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