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Boomerang doggy doings - courtesy of Correos
08 June 2013 @ 12:41

I was quite amused by the solution Brunete, near Madrid, has found to the ever-present problem of dog mess in the streets. Their decision to mail the mess back to the owners, and the way they go about it, is nothing short of ingenious.

Not for the people of Brunete the confrontational  'Pick up your dog's mess or else' - they're much more subtle than that. Volunteers strike up a friendly conversation with the offending owners, and elicit the name of the pooping pooch. Armed with a name and a breed, they can track down the owners through the national pet data base. Then some of the valiant volunteers collect the leavings, pop them in an official Ayuntamiento box marked 'Objetos Perdidos' - Lost Property - and mail them back to the owner.

It's literally bringing their offence home to them, and if Correos moves as quickly in Madrid as it does here in Algorfa, I reckon by the time Fido's faeces arrive back at the hacienda they'll be festering frantically. It's working as well - there's 70% less dog mess on the streets of Brunete as a result of the initiative.

Like all the best ideas, it's a simple concept. Far more practical than the idea I had for cleaning up Doggy Doings Alley in Algorfa. I wondered whether the local vets could implant something to monogram the dogs' doings as they exited the animal, so that the owners could be located and fined. Mind you, my idea was the result of an extended afternoon of cava quaffing.



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ElviriaDreamer said:
08 June 2013 @ 17:55

Hi Sandra

Love this doggy pic, I used to have it on my old stroke website. Chosen because the dog is an American Bulldog...just like my boy.

It always amazes me at the lack of regard shown by some owners who refuse to clean up after their dogs. I have never encountered too much where I have stayed on mainland Spain but, it was shocking in Fuerteventura. One awful person had to be warned by the president of the community, that it was "not on to throw his doog poop from in the house out of his balcony doors to the street below". Nice!

Not sure this correo idea is lawful...but then neither should be leaving dog poop for others and children to find, step in or become BLINDED by.

If this idea catches on all over Spain, knowing how confusing it can be with door numbers and addresses I hate to think of the amount of people who DON'T own dogs, having lovely "gifts" delivered on a daily basis. It certainly won't feel like their birthday...every day.

I'm glad where I live, we ALL clear up after our dogs!

GOOD ARTICLE from you and hope your daughters health is improving nicely x

CARY said:
09 June 2013 @ 11:46

I wish they would pick up the dog mess in my village Montejaque, Andalucia ! It thoroughly annoys me and makes me feel how the Spanish people can be so behind the times and selfish about this.

I have even seen mess outside my door or near to it., then it continues on up the pavement. Scandalous really !

foxbat said:
10 June 2013 @ 14:04

I'm pretty sure its against the law to send bio-hazardous materials through the post...!

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