Yes, I said dog crap. There are 240 or so dog owners on Williams Island, and some of them are letting their dogs crap all over the place without picking it up.
Do I have your attention now? This isn’t just about canine mud dragons decorating our beautiful Island, it’s about attitude. So please, I know I send this blog to my fellow residents in the 4000 Building but it isn’t exactly directed just to you; I would appreciate you circulating this to your friends on the Island as well.
To those of you who consistently pick up after your dog – thank you very, very much for being considerate. I sincerely hold you in high regard.
For those of you who don’t — and even those of you who don’t have a dog but don’t say anything when you see an owner leave their pet’s poop behind — I say please move.
I’m going on the assumption that most people walk their dog in part so their doggie doesn’t make a mess on the marble, tinkle on the tile, or leave a chocolate train on the carpet. In other words, you don’t want it in your home, so do you think anyone wants it on their property?
The paths and greenery around Williams Island are for all of us to enjoy. Those of you with children and grandchildren you send out to play, do you want them rolling in doggie doodoo? Do any of you – regardless of whether you clean up – kiss your dogs after the dog has smelled or licked another dog’s droppings?
I said this is also about attitude. Are you (or your dog walkers) too good/important/proud/above everyone else to clean up after your pet or are you just plain lazy? Do you even think about it because you don’t care or are too self-absorbed by your own life?
We live in a community of many different backgrounds. And we all seem to get along pretty well. There are over 1740 unit owners that don’t have a dog and accommodate those who do.
So the next time your dog drops a deuce and you start to walk away with seeming impunity, remember this quote from Al Capone: “Don’t mistake my kindness for weakness. I am kind to everyone, but when someone is unkind to me, weak is not what you are going to remember about me.”