Friday, September 14, 2007

Doggie Do

I've seen a lot over the last seven months, but if there's one truth to this world, it's that you'll never seen it all. I was reminded of this simple fact while walking up a steep hill in Macau. I was admiring the crumbing apartment blocks lining the street when I saw a simple, faded blue sign with a stencil of a dog, a German Shepherd in fact, with the letters "WC" below the image. That couldn't be, could it? A toilet for dogs? Sure enough, it was. A simple circular brick enclosure, one section open to the sidewalk, the interior covered with dirt with a tree at dead center (for something to pee on, I assume). A broom stood propped against the tree for owners to clean up after their mutts.

Doggie WC

The next day I saw another space reserved for canines. That afternoon, near the A-Ma Temple, I came across a wall of murals with messages. The crude cartoons showed residents (Macarenas?) the dos and don'ts of keeping their city clean. Each violation carried a monetary penalty, usually in the region of 600 Macau Patacas (US$75). The message was clear: don't let your dog doo on the lawn; do let your dog doo in the doggie loo.


The picture of the mural is best viewed large. The expression on the dog's face is priceless.

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Blogger Sandy J said...

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2:48 PM  
Blogger Sandy J said...


The lady has a big afro and she's crying and spitting;
the dog has a black eye and IS IN MID-SHIT;
the child has a cheek disease, and is eating a dead lollypop;
the sun is aghast;
assuming the fine is 600.

what's that in american money? find out, matt.

2:50 PM  
Blogger Matthew Klein said...

Don't forget the stoned bird with the enormous head. The fine is about $75 in American money (US$1=MOP8).

Here's another image from that same mural - a bandit boy with a happy post-poo bulldog.

I wish I'd taken photos of the whole mural. Anyone who goes to Macau must do so.

6:06 PM  

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