SOAP BOX: Green sludge, a water dog's enemy

GREEN sludge, why do you keep wrecking our dog's mornings?

All she needs to top off an awesome walk is a dip in the lake.

But given the lake at the back of our house looks like a big green cesspit, I'm a tad concerned something unhealthy is going on.

Honestly, what is that stuff? The water looks like pea soup.

I really wonder how the ducks, swans and fish are getting along.

I have to call Monty back, just as she's getting close to the water and is all excited about demonstrating her hunting prowess.

Or lack thereof.

Her idea of hunting is to leap heroically from the shore, glancing back to make sure you saw the perfect take-off, and paddle furiously after the swans, who are by this point at least 50m away.

Her tiny little terrier legs may as well be spinning backwards, but she's so stoked with herself when she gets back, shaking off the reeds and water enthusiastically, with her wonky legs splaying all over the place.

The swans just look at her disdainfully as they glide slowly toward something more appealing.

It's been about a month since she was able to make this harmless little foray.

The festering green lake seems to go through phases of clarity, no doubt affected by construction works upstream and possibly helped along in its recovery by council workers' interventions.

So I'm not terribly worried. But I will think twice, or perhaps many times, before letting her in.

Topics:  dogs healthy waterways water pollution

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