Buenos Aires is a city of dog lovers. Unfortunately, it is not a city of cleanliness. The result is enough dog poop on the sidewalk to emulate a poop mine field. Argentinians rarely clean up after their dogs, even dog walkers with 15+ dogs sometimes allow the dogs to do their business and just keep on walking.
Due to this attitude towards cleaning up after pets, I was hardly surprised when I saw that poop bags are marketed with some very strange word choices.
Pet Thing? (feature photo to the right) It is as if Argentinians were so unfamiliar with the concept of picking up after their pets that when this product arrived on the truck they simply did not know what to call it.
I am not sure if this is a warning or encouragement. Are you telling me this is a necessary item to have if I own a pet or are you telling me that this is not for human use, pets only?
The correct word for these magical contraptions is “bolsitas” (little bags) but I am still partial to Pet Necessary.
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