Ah, Saturday morning! My favorite time of the week. No work, no responsibilities, bright sunshine and a great day to be alive. I think I’ll go get a morning coffee for myself and my wife before I take my 5 year old out to play. I get dressed, open my front door, step onto the sidewalk in front of my house and feel something squishy under my sneaker. I look down to see three big piles of dog poop right in front of my door at 110 Prince St. What a way to change my attitude!
Now I’m incredibly angry because I have poop on my sneaker and I have to clean someone else’s dog poop from in front of my doorstop. I break out a bucket of hot water and bleach, grab a broom and start scrubbing the poop off my sidewalk. Half hour later I’m done and have to throw out the broom because of the stench and decide to ditch my sneakers as well. Thanks a lot!
I can’t for the life of me understand these dog owners. They act like us non-dog owners are being unreasonable when we complain about the obvious dog problem we have in the North End yet they continue to let their pets poop all over the place and not clean it up. Now I know it’s not everyone but there is enough poop throughout the North End to make it obvious that it is more than one or two rogue owners. As the commissioner of North End baseball I frequently have to go on a “dog poop hunt” before every baseball game to pick up all the poop that is scattered on Puopolo field. This despite the signage at the park stating no dogs allowed on the field.
I was determined not to let that incident ruin my day so I set off for my morning coffee and returned to take my daughter in the Gassy playground. You know, a “playground,” where children are supposed to play and not have to worry about stepping in dog poop. My experience on Saturday was far worse than poop. My daughter was riding her electric car, a birthday gift from her grandparents, when a large and angry pitbull started dragging his struggling owner towards my daughter. As the frantic female owner (mid 20s, slender build) tried desperately to stop her animal from attacking my daughter I heard my 5 year old screaming my name. I ran to the corner of the playground and watched as the dog owner yelled at her dog who was not listening in the least. Wondering if I was going to have to fight a pitbull and then it’s owner I yelled at the woman to get her dog out of the playground before he hurt a child. She dragged her dog up the flights but the dog fought her the whole way. She could barely control her animal.
Is there really any need for a dog who has the ability to maim a child to be in a playground that is full of children? What possess people to think that is a sound idea? Can’t we get back to the days of yore when people came first and animals came second. Eventually there will be an incident and someone will get seriously injured. However by then it is too late as the horse has left the barn.
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