It’s a dog’s life – for now

Some of you may remember my previous post on doggy do. As others have rightly pointed out, it’s not just a Quillan issue, nor necessarily a French issue, and there are undoubtedly worse places for it than here. But there’s plenty of it here.

I knew it was not just me, when I saw that one French inhabitant had gone to the trouble of placing a handmade sign on the fence bordering her property. It took me a while to photograph this as I didn’t want to be too obtrusive, but every time I passed, she was out in her garden – keeping the boundary under surveillance?

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I recently heard that the newly elected mayor was making it his first act in office to clamp down on doggy do-ers. Hurrah! Good on the man for doing something about it. But I had my doubts about whether we’d see any action.

Well what should I spy when I was out for a walk today? Three men and a truck, installing doggy bins with bags at strategic sites around the old town, including one outside the Mairie, one by the church and one on our square. NIce one.

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That said, as I walked home, I saw a large pile of fresh dung within 20 metres of the freshly installed bin, and coming down the rue de l’Eglise I watched as an inhabitant on a side street opened her door, let her dog out for its constitutional (off the leash of course), then shut the door behind it on the way back in.

Could be a while before we see a difference, but at least it’s a start. I hope they fine the pants of the culprits as part of the enforcement.

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