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.
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.