There are some people who look guilty, just inherently they do, and there are some that are guilty. I think that the guy walking his dogs by the the station this morning was the latter. At first I thought that the furtive shuffle and clear discomfort at being observed were a result off the task in hand. After all at some point, one presumes, he would have to collect his dog’s mess.
Obviously the older you get, and he was not young, the more of a task this becomes. Getting to and from floor level can be a laborious task and that somehow makes the ‘reward’ even less appealing. He kept a studious distance from the dogs as if hoping that he would miss the event and I got the idea he wasn’t a fan of clearing up. Sure enough dog one did what he was made to do and spent long enough in the act that the walker couldn’t reasonably miss it.
At this stage a grocery bag was produced and the ‘bounty’ dutifully collected. I actually felt a little bad at this point for presuming that he was avoiding the unpleasant task. He muttered a mute grumble but I am sure it was directed at the canine diet and not my proximity as observer. The second dog was not to be outdone in the ‘make the human perform the unpalatable’ game and promptly slunk into high grass. Now this, in itself, is evidence of evolution. Your dog doesn’t use high grass by choice, I guess it tickles, but they know that it complicates the collection.
To make sure that the event was spotted the canine spent some time at it, adopting the posture and grimaces of a woman giving birth. Our man wandered over and then proceeded to use, or attempt to use, the same grocery bag to collect the second load. This was clearly not something that he had done before, or thought out in advance, there was no elegance in the task at all. He took three or four attempts and in one he actually managed to slip his hand through the bag handle and grasp the target!
Eventually he had collected a good bag full, he attached leads to the dogs and departed complete with heavy bag. It may be that he made a mistake this morning and took one bag instead of two, he may have always intended collecting all the waste produced but for my money he’d been carrying that bag for weeks with no intention of using it.
As a side note to evolution, given we now all understand that it is our duty to collect and dispose of our dog’s waste isn’t it time that they came to the party? We all like seeing them run and play but can’t they be a little more civilised and use a designated toilet. Perhaps they could always perform that task first at least, then we could all get on with the fun things like chasing sticks, just a thought.