When I asked if I’d missed anything in a recent blog post, a reader named Carole commented: “You forget the dog poo. You always have to look down, otherwise you have to clean your shoes twice.” (On the post: 15 Things I Never Did Until I Lived In The Netherlands)
I’ve seen this “problem” a few times in the Netherlands (and thankfully managed to dodge the offending substance each time!!) but to be honest, I didn’t notice much difference from the UK. (It happens occasionally, but not often!)
But today I saw this advertisement…
It seems Hilversum DOES have a dog poo problem!!!
If you don’t speak Dutch, the rough translation is: “Dog poo? I clean it up properly.” (Netjes means properly/neatly/decently.)
And to make sure you got it, boys and girls, it’s a two-sided advert with a male option as well… 😉
As an English woman, I find it so bizarre to advertise the fact that you have to clean up after your dog! I had a good chuckle whilst taking these photos… I mean, it’s just common sense, right…?
In the UK, if you are a dog owner, you have a legal duty to clean up every time your dog “messes” in a public place. Is it not illegal here too?
A quick Google search gives me websites like “Poep op de stoep” (catchy!) selling anti-dog-poo-stickers!? Is this really such a problem in Holland?