A look at issues of today: A litter-picking dog

PUBLISHED: 12:00 07 July 2018

Time FM Steve Allen.

Time FM Steve Allen.


It’s so easy to moan about things in these columns, and that is because life is filled with misery and struggle. But I’ve found a happy story.

A dog that has been picking up litter has been given an award for its services. It’s heartwarming.

I know there’s a strong chance the dog didn’t know what she was doing. Maybe she was good at playing fetch but bad at remembering if anything had been thrown.

And when you say to a dog pick up your litter it think it means its kids, so no wonder it followed the instruction.

Her name is Daisy and she picked up 5,000 pieces of litter.

That part is great. The downside is that no one taught her to put that rubbish in the bin so she carried it home.

If your other half was a refuse collector and after a hard day’s work they came home with all the bins you’d be less than happy.

Daisy’s owner, Judy said: “I wish Daisy understood how special she was and the award just marks what a special little dog she is.”

If we teach her to swim we may have found a solution to all that plastic in our oceans. It might take her a while and the smell of wet dog might be an issue but it’s worth a try.

It is cute that this little dog picks up rubbish and it’s nice that it got an award because it’ll stop the other dogs thinking it got community service like Wayne Rooney.

But let’s not get carried away. It’s a dog.

Even if it does pick up mess from the park, what’s the one thing dogs leave behind when they go to the park?

That’s right, dog mess.

If you want to impress me teach Daisy to pick that up.


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