I've been reading about the efforts in Europe to persuade people to abandon their cars and move around on foot or by bicycle. I'm all in favor of this, as I worry that our present use of private transport is unsustainable.
But I'd like to know how those governments are planning for people to travel with their dogs.
In Melbourne, for instance, we are allowed to take dogs on trains, but not on trams, buses or country trains (unless they are small enough to be carried in a container). The dogs are supposed to be muzzled, but I've never seen that happen.
Today I went to the Royal Botanic Gardens, to take photographs and meet fellow enthusiasts. I left Penny at home, but I saw quite a few dogs there. So I thought perhaps I'd go there another time, by train.
And according to the signs, dogs are welcome, as long as they are on lead. There was even a dog drinking bowl at the outside tables of the cafe. There was no water in it, though, and the cheeky mynahs seemed to think the bowl belonged to them.
The gardens are extensive and beautiful. I'm sure Penny would enjoy sniffing around these palms, for instance.
At least twice a week, if not many times more, I put Penny in the car and head off to a walking spot some distance from our house.
But should we all be conserving fuel by only walking around our own localities?