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August 25, 2004

Impressions from France (4)

If there's one thing I truly hate about Vienna it's the fact that way too many people own dogs, and not only is it next to impossible to go for a quiet walk in a park without being barked at by some malicious four-legged beast, the city is also inundated in dog dirt. It's quite impossible to actually take in your surroundings because you have to keep your eyes fixated on the pavement in front of your feet at all times to avoid stepping into dog dirt.

I hadn't thought it would be possible, but I have now found a city with an even worse dog dirt problem: Montpellier, France.

Mind you, it's a pretty city, in some aspects even prettier than Vienna, with a very agreeable Mediterranean climate and everything, but the amount of dog dirt on the streets is breathtaking. Literally. The stench of the dog dirt on a hot summer Sunday was unbearable. There were a couple of nice terraces in front of some nice cafés where I would have loved to sit down, but I just couldn't stand the smell.

Oddly enough, there was all this dog dirt, but I didn't see a single dog all day. Like, in Vienna you know where all the dirt is coming from, but in Montpellier it remained a mystery. Unless they have a new breed of invisible dog.

Posted by Horst on August 25, 2004 11:51 PM to the land of Potz | Tell-a-friend

dieter said on August 26, 2004 08:56 AM:

No invisible dogs. They lock them up all day while they are at work. They only let them out early in the morning and late in the evening to do their business.

Pascale Soleil said on August 26, 2004 07:20 PM:

Unlike in the US, where you have to pick up the "dog dirt," in Montpelier, you have to pick up and remove the dog.

mpprh said on August 28, 2004 08:57 PM:


And this is despite frequent free plastic bag doggy doo stations throughout the centre.


laura said on September 4, 2004 03:46 AM:

Freud had something to say about people who loathe dog poop (and other kinds). Dogs are animals with elmination needs. Whether it's better for our environment to wrap all their waste in plastic and throw it in landfills is questionable. Maybe they should be trained to use lime-filled dog potties.

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