Pet Responsibility

Photo by Adam Greig

I have three animals that live with me. Two cats and one dog. My animals are part of the family, and when they came into the family, it was with the understanding that we would care for them for the rest of their lives.

I take my animal care seriously…I make sure that they have their annual checkups, get their shots, get regular flea/tick medicine, and take any medicine prescribed. My cats stay inside, always, so that they are not a menace to wildlife. When we walk the dog, we always carry bags to pick up after him.

I was driving to work the other day and saw a woman out with a beautiful Sheltie. The woman was busy on her phone as her dog did its business. Then she just walked away, leaving the crap behind her.

I get that it’s not fun to pick up after a dog. It smells and it’s quite disgusting.

But I also understand that picking up after my animals is part of the package. You want the dog, you don’t leave its droppings where others can step in it. It doesn’t matter whether it is in your front yard, your neighbor’s yard or in a public space.

So if you have a pet, please clean up after it. Or reconsider whether or not you really want that pet.

Photo by Adam Greig


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