The issue that is upsetting me this week is dog walkers.
I am often left wondering which is the animal – the one on the lead or the one holding it.
I have of late seen an increasingly large amount of dog do on pavements, grass verges and in public recreational areas.
Many people, and the older generation in particular, find this offensive. Imagine someone with impaired sight treading and possibly slipping in this filth (I have witnessed that happening) leading to injury and a hefty cleaning bill. Would you like it?
No, I didn’t think you would, so consider others when walking little Fido or Trixie.
Still on the subject of dog do, I live in Hatfield and we have some strange dog walkers thereabouts.
The latest craze is to pick up the dog do, save it in a bag until you find a nice garden wall and place your dog do bag on it, or you can chuck over the wall, fence or whatever else and deposit it in someone else’s garden. Nice people, stop it!
It’s disgusting. The other day a young child sat on a wall and promptly put a curious little hand on one of these parcels and guess what? The bag split and the child got very messy hands.
Mummy was furious and rightly so. Do these dog walking clots not realise that this mess can cause blindness and other nasty things?
If you are one of those dog walking don’t-care-clots, stop and think. Would you like to see your child or grandchild blinded as a result of the action of a don’t-care dog walker?
That’s enough about dogs for now. Ah! Loneliness, what do you feel about that?
Well, let’s explore some hard-to-face facts.
For many old folk the television is their only friend and how many repeats do they watch before they fall out with that friend?
Do we ever think about the old lady or gentleman living a few doors away who has no family around them or even the occasional visitor?
Be honest we don’t, not like we should.
We are all too busy living lives filled by work, socialising or simply too wrapped up in ourselves to think about anyone else.
For many there are no options.
No family that care, no friends to share a cuppa with and an overstretched social services who, try as they might, cannot meet all the needs.
Organisations from the Government down are recognising loneliness amongst the older population is an unacceptable blight on society.
You can help by being aware and offering a friendly smile, a cup of tea or a good old-fashioned natter. I’m sure a well-known supermarket chain won’t mind me saying ‘every little bit helps’.
* Bill Morrison, Chairman, Doncaster 50 Plus group for over 50s