Obviously the headline worked then, great.
Australia doesn't suck, it's one of the greatest if not the greatest country on the planet.
Allow me to explain a little more on why I used that title though...
When it comes to dogs, Australia really does suck.
Ive just gotten back from a trip to Germany. We go there every year or every second year, usually travel to other parts of Europe while we are there.
Here is the thing. The Europeans have it down pat. Not like us, overly politically correct and scared of anything that may cause potential harm to our beautiful flora and fona and hence we BAN dogs from most national and state parks and well... pretty much everywhere else apart from the street!
What a disgrace!
My mother in law is an avid hiker and so I decided I would look online for a good sturdy day hike to pump a little aussie air back into our lungs only to be reminded that Australia is scared to death of dogs dropping nuggets in their profoundly beautiful parks... note sarcasm.
I mean c'mon Australia, seriously!
In Germany you can take your dog virtually anywhere and I mean that. Apart from funeral homes and surgery rooms the muts are basically allowed to roam everywhere and anywhere. I even seen a trendy mohawk sporting punk by his staffie a ticket on the tram so he could sit on a seat!
I heard that in France dogs are allowed to just roam the streets and not like in Thailand or Romania where they actually have no home or family, no. These dogs in France have owners, beds and meals waiting for them. I am not saying let's all open up our back gates like the French do to let our dogs out for midnight walks and to line the streets with their colon corndogs. What I am saying is the Europeans have the idea.
If the dog is supposed to be a part of the family, then why don't we treat them that way?
I mean even look at the strict beach rules here. I have been partial to taking a sneaky day off work in the "doggy no-no" season, taken Oskar down the beach with not a single person in sight and had the beach patrol called on me, ridiculous. And again I am not saying to let them run free on the beach all of the time, heck I hate it too when im trying to get stuck into a cold bev and some fish & chips while I have some random mutt sniffing at my crotch and kicking sand up everywhere.
I have used http://doggo.com.au/ and there is really not much to be honest. Parks, reserves, ovals, more parks, more ovals. I want a good day hike in the wild not some footy oval or playground.
The point of all this?
Australia needs to relax it's laws for dogs in parks in my humble opinion. Leashes in fine with, picking up dog durrys im not so fine with but I will usually do if someone is looking (what did you expect?). I know there is good reason for it but I just think that there is a serious lack of good large parks where you can camp and hike in Australia that is accessible to people and the pooches.
Nuff said, rant done.