Worst thing I ever saw at a grooming show was the young member of the Wood Brothers racing team (NASCAR) that was cleaning up urine in the elevator area of the Hilton, Atlanta Airport this past weekend on the 12th floor where I was staying.
I went to walk my two dogs and noticed there was liquid on the elevator door and running across the marble floor onto the carpet. I had poop bags, but nothing to clean up liquid, so since it was after midnight I decided I would clean it up when we returned. When we stepped out of the elevator the young man from Woods Brothers was on his hands and knees with a hotel towel cleaning it up "So no one slipped". Now I have to tell you I told him to go to bed that I would get it, since he had a race the next day and they had just gotten back from the track that night. HE said "It wasn't your dogs!" and I said "IT WASN'T YOURS EITHER!" I apologized profusely and he said "Well, ma'am, there are some in every group that make all of us look bad!"
My point is that it is critical to remember that we are not the only guests at the hotels we stay in. In this case Hilton sponsors several race teams and they stay in the Hiltons during race week. Not the drivers mind you, but crew members. WHY should they have to walk through the poop that was spread all over the sidewalks? WHY should they have to clean up urine? WHY should they have to listen to barking dogs walking down the hallway at 2:30am? I know you can't always control a dog barking but if you are in the hallway at an hour that most people are sleeping, then TRY at least to correct the dog. This happened almost every night this weekend. I got an extremely small amount of sleep.
WHY should WE have to listen to excessive noise or put up with messes? When I go to shows I do not want to have to pick up after other people's dogs or hear them bark in the hallways at all hours. I do not want to hear people having parties in the hallways either. Sorry, but once I go to bed I want to go to sleep! The shows wear me out.
Sunday morning at 8am when I walked my dogs I took extra time to clean up poop that was in the flower beds and on top of plants, as well as all over the sidewalk. With the aide of two other kind souls we picked up over 25 poop bags full of other peoples dogs messes! UNCALLED FOR in my opinion.
If you would not do it at your house or in your shop, then WHY do it at a show? Show respect and consideration for those of us around you and those of us that are not part of the show especially deserve to be treated with respect.
Imagine you are on a business trip or a vacation and you find dog poop or urine in the hallways or sidewalks where you are staying! What would you do?