This week we took a drive to Seattle Washington, USA. This was a recreational visit for Whirly Dog Supplies, makers of quality unique and stylish dog clothes and dog accessories.
It was really surprising to see so many people not picking up after their dogs. There was dog waste (poop) on the ground everywhere we went (even where free waste bags w/receptacles provided): Parks, Rest Areas, and even around our Hotel. It is so simple to carry a plastic bag and pick up after your dog but people either are too lazy or simply don't care. I really don't understand. It is a safety issue for the health and enjoyment of not only ourselves and our children but also our pets. Whirly Dog Supplies sells dog waste bags with dispensers as well as other dog supplies and dog accessories such as collars, water bottles, and more to make traveling much simpler.
Thankfully, many pet owners, we noticed, did have their dogs on leashes and obeying the leash laws. There is nothing more annoying to travelers to have to be dealing with an unruly dog that has not been trained properly.
Lastly, a friend we visited, who works for the National Parks Conservation Association, reminded us that visitors not only don't keep their dog's leashed or pick up their waste... but they also let them on the back trails. Many people think that they should be to take the pets with them on a hike when they are in the wilderness, however they forget there are other WILD animals out there that are attracted to their scent which may result in harm to the pet or to the human. As an example a 63 year old man was attacked and killed by a mountain goat in the Olympic National Forest, a few years ago, because he had been urinating on the side of the trail which attracted the goat from the sent and the attraction to the salt in the urine.
ref. http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2013189753_olympicpark18m.html. So let us all be smart and follow the rules, this is not only for the health and safety of yourselves, your family, and your children but also your pets.