It is more than fifteen years since the distinctive pissoir, or street lavatory virtually disappeared from Paris because it was thought to be too unsightly and unhygienic.
It is more than fifteen years since the distinctive pissoir, or street lavatory virtually disappeared from Paris because it was thought to be too unsightly and unhygienic. Now another form of street lavatory is being introduced to bring comfort to four-legged Parisians, who seemingly rate higher than mere humans.
SYNOPSIS: In recent years the state of Paris streets have deteriorated. The culprits are the city's dogs - almost two million of them. There are few parks in Paris for the ever-increasing canine population and the dogs are taking their toll of the footpaths. The result, for pedestrians, can be disconcerting ...particularly for those in a hurry and distracted.
So city authorities have come up with a street lavatory designed to have a special appeal for dogs. It is enamel, looks somewhat like a Lamp-post, and can even be flushed.
Dog owners have been threatened with stiff fines if their dogs ignore the lavaroty. This could spell trouble for owners because the canine comfort stations have a far from universal appeal. Some dogs are bewildered...while others are curious, but are not willing to try out the new contraption. Of course, when more than one dog is out for a stroll, there is a strong temptation to show off.
But what do you do about the social back-slider who wants to follow the new keep-it-clean policy in the city, but in the end only mucks it up.