Sunday, April 29, 2012

The Hand-Wash Nazi

I continue to be utterly shocked at the number of people that do not wash their hands after using the restroom.  And being the 'bold' person that I am, I never fail to say something when I see it happening.  One lady we see pretty regularly said "I have hand sanitizer at my crate" when I mentioned that she didn't wash.  "Well that's great for you, but you are putting your potty hands on the door handle as you leave and the rest of us have to touch it."  (actually, I used more vulgar language than potty hands... which really wasn't very nice of me so I won't repeat it verbatim).   She shrugged and left.
A few weeks ago we were at a trial that had both obedience and agility and the lady in the next stall had explosive diarrhea.  When she left without washing, and I 'reminded' her, she said "Oh, I can't wash my hands- I'm competing in Utility."*   I said "so you don't care if your articles are covered in bacteria?" and she said again, "I can't wash my hands..."  I think my last comment was"wow.. e coli... that should make for a zesty weekend!"  I could not help but think it was no wonder that she had diarrhea.
But at a recent show, someone mentioned that they were in the ladies room when they overheard someone say "I wouldn't normally wash my hands, but I got my butt chewed out the last time, so now I HAVE to"
I'm thinking that was me responsible for the butt chewing.  And at least one less pair of bacteria-riddled hands touching all the stuff at the show site.  You can high-five me later.  But first, make sure you wash your hands.

*Utility is the obedience event where the dog has to find the item that his handler touched.  Her excuse is that if she washes her hands, it will wash all the smell of 'her' off of her hands and she will not leave enough of her smell on the item for the dog to find it. 


  1. Go Hand-wash Nazi!!! You have our support.

    Thank you for the poem you sent last night. You had me in tears for most of the evening and again this morning, but it's lovely and oh so true. I wish I could save them all but I'll just keep doing what I can.

  2. Dear Handwash Nazi, I am on your side too! I just wanted to visit the owner of the blog that sent the beautiful poem to Sue. It brought tears to my eyes!

    Sue's friend,