Living in Cork, Ireland has been a great experience so far. It is a cool feeling when you realize that you had forgotten that you are living in a foreign country. Cork isn’t a travel destination anymore, it has become my home. After a weekend away, the sight of the River Lee and the colorful buildings along its banks make me smile.
The exhilarating feeling of being in a foreign country has faded, and I am now able to realize the small peculiarities that surround me. For example, in Cork the sidewalks are dotted with piles of smeared dog poop. Please excuse the grossness of my last sentence, I promise to connect it to my point.
Although I am disgusted by the constant dodging of crap that I have become accustomed too, I do enjoy the wonderful obedience of the dogs that I see. Whether I am walking to class, the market, or my apartment, I am bound to see several dogs and their owners. The neat thing about the dogs in Ireland is that they are for the most part unleashed. The dogs wander ahead of or behind their companions and never seem to cause problems. It is an intriguing sight, as I am pretty sure if I unleashed my dog in a city he would take off like a bat out of hell.
Last month in Spain and a few times throughout my stay in Ireland, I have had the great displeasure of seeing what people will actually leash. LEASHED CHILDREN!!!
Now, I know that kids can be a little rambunctious, but seriously? If you have to leash your kid, you probably shouldn’t have them in public. Has the ability to parent been lost in these people, or are they simply lazy? I am repulsed by the sight of these leashed children. I had seen it back in America, but my disgust has been heightened by the sight of so many unleashed dogs.
What a memory for the children of these ridiculous parents.
Grown Child: “Hey mom, remember the time when we went to the petting zoo and my leash got caught on the gate by the goats!?”
Mom: ”Yeah, it would have been nice if that goat was leashed too, maybe it wouldn’t have bitten you!”
Seeing more leashed children than dogs is not okay!!!