Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Fountain users beware

I've been meaning to write this post for ages but keep forgetting. You know those fountains on the sidewalks of Rome we all love?


Yeah, those. Well, you might want to think twice before drinking from them. Why you ask? In the past few years, as the number of dogs in the city has skyrocketed, I've noticed more and more dog owners- including crusties (or as we say in Italian "punkabbestia") with their rabid pack of dogs- letting their pets drink from these fountains... which would be fine and dandy IF their tongues didn't slurp all over the spigot in the process. I'm not fond of dog germs or dogs for that matter so I now only use fountains that are too tall for dogs to reach. Gone are the days when I would drink the ice-cold fresh water from these fountains without a care in the world, instead I now a stare at these germ-infested watering holes from a distance and walk in the other direction.

5 comments:

Kataroma said...

Oh dear...:( I drink from those quite often. Yuk.

J.Doe said...

That sounds really gross!

erin :: the olive notes said...

ack! thanks for the heads up :)

the sweet life with olives said...

yuck. there are waaaaaay too many dogs in this town... rather too many uneducated dog owners. it doesn't say much about rome when one of the first thing i warn visitors about is to watch out for poop and the stench of pee. they really need to do something about the whole dog thing.

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

I've noticed that too. It's gross. I'm not a fan of dogs either.