Americans love their dogs. Our country has one canine for every four residents, creating the world’s largest pooch population per capita. (Try saying that three times rapidly in a row.) Brazilians also love their dogs. Their newfound wealth has boosted their canine population to more than 35 million. The French, however, take puppy love to a new level.
This is not a complaint against the French because they can’t bend over and pick up after Fido. Many have covered that subject at length. For instance, Diane, an American who writes the blog Oui in France, has decided to tackle the ubiquitous poop problem one pet owner at a time.
The French have made it socially acceptable to take their companions everywhere. To the boulangerie, to the café, to the Eiffel Tower, to the train station, on the train, to the brasserie, in the brasserie, to the abbey, to the patisserie. To be sure, most of these dogs are well-behaved. Except when they defecate on the sidewalk, of course.
The love affair between the French and their dogs became clear while observing one Parisian take his pooch lovingly into his arms and carry him to a parapet to show his companion the beauty of the Seine on a sunny day.
Presently the Lezovi are house sitting a Great Pyrenees in Aude, France.