Monday, July 31, 2006

Dog Dirt

I am not fond of dogs. In fact, I do not like animals very much in general. However, regardless of whether one likes dogs, I think we all agree that dog excrement is not very nice at all.

Compare dog dirt to sheep excrement. It is quite different. Sheep excrement is a bit messy, but not much more than mud. It dries out easily in hot weather. The smell of sheep excrement is not that unpleasent, it is part of the English pastoral experience. The reason for the difference is that sheep only eat grass, while dogs eat meat. Hence, dog dirt is a serious potential health hazard. Being exposed to dog dirt is not very good for you at all.

Most places have laws to stop dog fouling, however, there are people who are careless enougth to let their dogs foul up. There are also stray dogs.

You may think that you are careful enougth to avoid stepping in the stuff. However, it is very messy. Even after the bulk of it has been washed away or consumed by insects, there will still be traces of it that you would never notice.

For the sake of your children, take off your shoes at the door and ask visitors to remove their shoes. Even if you do not have children and do not care about your own health, ask visitors to remove their shoes. That way, other people will feel more comfortable making their own homes shoe-free.

By the way, my father was informed by his mother, when he was a boy, that chewing gum is made of dog dirt. I understand that is not actually the case, but like my late grandmother, I believe chewing gum is a bad habit. But wearing shoes at home is far worse.


The IBEX Scribe said...

Chewing gum is great for freshening one's breath! I always carry it with me.

I also believe that dog droppings are gross and that shoes ought to be removed at the door. ;)

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Angie, you can use mints to freshen your breath. Chewing gum is so un-ladylike. Then again, maybe I do need to stop being so old-fashioned. It is good to live in the modern world.

I think dog mess is probably one of the best reasons for keeping homes shoe-free.

Every Blessing in Christ


Redeemed said...

Matthew, your post cracked me up, although you make a good point.

I love dogs! But I must admit, they are quite dirty, even if they are well trained.

I also love gum, especially after a meal.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Sarah, thanks.