Pets are good for your health - as long as you are not an allergic. Pets that are considered to interact with humans like cats and dogs are better for you than e.g. fish.
Well, at least with dog you can get some health benefit out of walking it, and walk it you should, at least twice a day.
the early 1980s a walk through a street with many dog owners could be
quite difficult if you wanted to avoid stepping into their pets waste
matter. At the end of that decade, however, things had changed
considerably, partly due to regulations in several cities that no longer
wanted to accept filthy pavements.
Although the new rules were
difficult to reinforce by the police the pressure from the large group
of considerate dog owners was unmistakable. More and more people brought
small plastic bags on their daily tours with their four-legged friends.
They collected the waste, discarded it into the next dustbin and taking
a stroll did no longer mean that you had to negotiate a smelly
Nothing ever lasts, however, and we can now look forward to a new area of agile walking.
to rules and regulations concerning order and cleanliness on pavements,
which were passed by the Danish parliament last year and first now have
come to the attention of a wider public cleaning up a dog's waste is no
longer the responsibility of its owner but of the resident who has to
keep the pavement clean.
The residents find this deeply unfair.
And who can blame them? The amount of dog faeces on the pavements is
increasing, and there have now been calls in favour of a revision of the
One of the problems the police are facing is that they
would only be able to fine the real culprits when caught in the act,
which would put an extra demand on their sparse resources.
cameras might be an option - or houses on wheels if you want to avoid
being pressured into assuming responsibilities for latrine services.
Untill a reasonable solution is found, however, look where you're walking. Especially when you're walking a dog.