My Guide dog, Opal has found an amazing array of ‘stuff’ in the time we’ve been together. Some of it was lying on the sidewalks we travel (like a five dollar bill!), and other stuff she discovered in the places she relieves along the way and in our apartment building’s hallways. Here is a partial list of her (our) ‘finds’: Articles of clothing include; 3 winter scarves, 2 pairs of gloves, 3 mismatched mittens, 2 wool hats, 3 pairs of men’s briefs (one of them in a bush) 1 pair of trousers, 1 pair of women’s panties, 1 children’s sweater, and 2 sunhats. Ya gotta wonder about the clothes, eh? She has found 2 tennis balls, dinky cars, a colouring book, a doll and 2 stuffed toys (these do not include the ones she tries to steal when I’m shopping). There have been coins on the street and in restaurants, a pair of brand new ear rings, nail clippers, pens, magazines, a booklet of postage stamps, a back pack, and several pieces of ID.
There are many less memorable items which I would rather she NOT find; pop, beer and liquor bottles (some broken), cigarette butts and packaging, bubble and chewing gum, medication bottles, condoms (used), TONS (literally) of fast food containers and wrappers (some with dregs of ‘food’ in them), and an astounding assortment of garbage which has found its way into OUR neighbourhoods. Sheesh, there are a lot of pigs in the world!
NOW HEAR THIS!!! Keep your crap in your cars and in your backpacks and pockets and dispose of it appropriately instead of hurling it into OUR SPACE. If you insist on indulging in disgusting habits like smoking and public drinking and sex, be resposnsible and haul the evidence of your little party away. Smokers are particularly irritating to us. Opal finally gave up a habit of eating butts. (Her nickname, given to her by some Brits, was ‘Fag Ash Lil’ ). Frankly, I think YOU smokers should eat your own butts. Maybe you gum chewers should stick your gum wads into YOUR own hair. See how much fun it is to pick out, just as I pick it out of my dog’s paws, and fur. As for the nuts who smash bottles on sidewalks? YOU try walking barefoot over your expression of youthful nuttiness and/or drunkiness.