Venting time! We live on the main street leading into our subdivision, and I'm always having to be alert to dangerous stuff on the ground when I take our dogs out for walks or potty breaks. First, of course, there's the doofuses (or would it be doofi?)
who don't clean up after their dogs, forcing me to be on the lookout in order to prevent my three from grabbing a "snack". Then there's the strange and potentially dangerous assortment of doggie culinary delights we've run across lately...chewed gum (a possible xylitol danger!, if it's the sugar free type), a half eaten peanut butter sandwich (I have a potentially life threatening peanut allergy, so that one was kind of scary!), cigarette butts, a fun sized candy bar (chocolate!), and the oddest find lately--2 blue marble sized bath oil beads! This is generally a nice, family oriented neighborhood, and yet I've literally seen people throw stuff out of their window as they drive by! (I'm assuming that the bath beads must've blown out of someone's overturned trash can though, because come on!--who's going to go around tossing scented bath products out the window!?). Well, I don't want my furbabies vomiting up bath oil (even if it would be slightly lilac scented) and I sure as heck don't want them consuming toxic-to-dogs stuff like sugar free gum or chocolate! Plus I'm tired of almost every walk consisting of "Drop it!" over and over! I'm thinking of sending an email (less pissy and more professional than this long winded rant though) to our homeowners association, asking that they put something about littering in the next neighborhood newsletter, but I doubt it will make much difference. In the meantime, I'm apparently going to have to serve as some sort of one-woman clean-up crew on most every walk. Ok, venting complete! (and thanks for "listening").