Thursday, August 06, 2009

Poop Etiquette and Pets.

It's been a little over 3 years since we have had a pet, it was a cat. It's been even longer since we've had a dog. Our cat pooped in a litter box, in an unused utility closet. Outside of the occasional "cling on" that would make it's way upstairs periodically, it was a pretty easy clean up and most always contained.

Recently I've noticed that people around here have a complete disregard for cleaning up after their own pets... Mostly dogs. No one can really control an Alley Cat that jumps over the back fence and chooses to use our yard as a litter box. What kills me is the dog shiz that is ALL. OVER. the sidewalks. It's hard enough for a clumsy person like me to run on the uneven, cracked surfaces without having to dodge large mounds of dog poo. By the looks of it this morning, it was the same dog trying to mark his territory or trying desperately to finish his (or her) business, while the eager owner continued to drag them along letting them try again every 15 feet. From the looks of it, there was no way to tell who was more stubborn.

While backing out of my driveway last night, I noticed a lady letting her large Great Dane looking dog take what I assume was a large Great Dane shit in my neighbors yard, no poo bad in hand. Granted, she would have probably needed something larger than a ziploc sandwich bag to collect the matter, but still, as the owner of said dog, isn't it her responsibility to clean up the poo?

The other day, as I was driving down the street that I live on, I could see 2 girls walking a dog. Dog has to shit, they stop. In my driveway. Not only can I not turn into my drive, but the dog is shitting in my yard, while I'm watching, and they are watching me, watching them. They had a look of embarrassment and not of not knowing what to do, but did they say anything? Did they apologize? Nope, just dragged the dog on down the street.


As I said, it's been a long time since I've had a pet, but to me it just seems like there is some type of etiquette that should come with pet ownership and I'm just not seeing it these days. Grab a bag people, it's your responsibility. One of the reasons I don't have pets is because I don't want to clean up after them, and I sure as hell don't want to clean up after yours.


Anonymous said...

I SO hear you on this! When we had our dogs, their business was cleaned up right then and there. If they did their deed in our own backyard, the most it would stay there would be overnight (who wants to hunt for crap at midnight?!).

In the complex I live in, I am forever seeing people walking their dogs and not picking up. The best is when they see me watching them and they make a lame excuse (no bag is the main one). I now have a stash of bags outside. They offer that excuse, I bring them a bag.

It just proves my opinion that some people shouldn't have pets.

Nina said...

I have dogs and I promise you that I always bring bags with me and I always pick up after them. Always.

You are completely right to think that dog owners need to pick up after their pets. The ones who don't, give dog owners like me a bad rep and it's really frustrating.

I think you'd be well within your rights to tell people they need to pick up after their dog, even if it meant literally walking over to them and handing them a bag or a newspaper.

You should check out this post: it has some good resources about ways to handle asking people to pick up after their dogs.

Also- this Facebook group would be helpful:

Katherine @ Grass Stains said...

I had to dodge poop twice this week on Park Avenue in Bluff Park, too. I even warned some runners coming from the opposite direction ... shouted above the music in my iPod to alert them they'd need to watch out. So annoying.