No apology for repeating the dog mess message

Falkirk Herald editor Colin Hume
Falkirk Herald editor Colin Hume
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My four-year-old clearly believes that repetition is the key to getting what you want.

‘‘Can I have another crisp, dad?’’

‘‘No’’

‘‘Can I have another crisp, dad?’’

‘‘No’’

Repeat ad nauseum, before eventually I say ‘‘Oh, for goodness sake Calum, just take a crisp. I’ve lost my appetite anyway.’’

Unfortunately, the observation ‘‘Some dog poo, dad’’ that peppered a recent walk between Dunipace and Denny had little to do with repetition and was more about the amount of the stuff littering the route.

It’s not a new problem but it’s certainly a depressing one.

The path follows the old railway line and, over the years, it has been transformed from a dark, dank lane that no-one would venture along after dark into a well-maintained, brightly lit facility, much loved by walkers, cyclists ... and clearly irresponsible dog owners.

I’ve met dozens of people out walking their pets who are all too happy to clear up after them but it’s obvious that a sizeable minority just can be bothered.

It’s a slap in the face for all those who have worked so hard to restore this path.