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Are You a Fair Weather Poop Cleaner?

by Borderstan.com — February 21, 2012 at 10:00 am 3 Comments

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Pick it up, even when it is cold outside. (Luis Gomez Photos).

From Mike Kohn. Have an urban etiquette wrong that needs to be righted? Drop Mike a line at mike[AT]borderstan.com or find him on Twitter @mike_kohn.

Logan Mom, a frequent Borderstan reader and commenter, wrote to me and said this:

I LOVE dogs. They are the best companions in the universe. I saw a pillow somewhere that said, “Be the person your dog thinks you are.” Truly words to live by. My dog also happens to be the best napping partner in the entire family. Everyone knows I love dogs in general and mine in particular.

Is there an unwritten rule that if the temperature falls below 40 degrees, dog walkers are automatically released from their civic and moral obligation to clean up after their pet? Really???? You can’t be bothered to take off your glove to scoop your dog’s poop?  As predictable as the sunrise, there are piles for miles on top of the new fallen snow, on the glistening ice. Everywhere.

To make matters worse, rats eat dog poop. That’s right. So every time someone fails to clean up after their pet, they leave rats a big yummy meal. I just heard at the LCCA [Logan Circle Community Association] meeting last week that rats are looking for new homes in legions too because all the construction in the neighborhood disrupts their tunnel systems and nests.

Now, I’ve been out on a walk and discovered I was out of bags — what dog walker amongst us hasn’t experienced this horror? I’ve picked up plastic or paper from the street to use and scrounged in trash cans. Maple leaves are actually pretty good in a real pinch. Then there’s the radical notion that you could come back later and pick up your dog’s poop. This is a separate issue, however, of fair weather commitment to scooping poop.

As for the winter weather dog walkers who have become bad actors with the change of the weather, I’m just interested in the psychology.

Honestly, I think this reader hit the nail on the end and that’s that.

So Borderstanis, I ask you, have you experienced this? Are you a fair weather poop cleaner?

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Comments (3)

  1. I think this article is wrong. I see dog poop on the sidewalk all the time, no matter what the weather is like. The cause is obvious – a bunch of rude, selfish, lazy jerks who think it’s ok to leave poop on the sidewalk, as long as nobody sees them do it. The situation in the alleys is even worse. These jerks like to walk their dogs in alleys so nobody will see them leave poop behind, leaving behind a bomb for some poor resident just trying to take out the trash. Note to jerks – IF YOU DON’T WANT TO PICK UP POOP, DON’T GET A DOG.

    If it were up to me, this offense would get MANDATORY community service, say 120 hours for the first offense, with a $1000 fine. Of course the community service should involve picking up poop, all over the city. Second offense, jail. I realize this isn’t the crime of the century but anyone who has stepped in it knows my pain.

  2. M,the point is not that dog owners wait until winter to not pick up after their dogs but that cold weather seems to exacerbate the problem.

  3. As a dog owner, I find it irritating that owners do not pick up the poop and how rude to let it lay on top of snow. I have also noticed on Vermont Ave someone likes to drop their full bag on the sidewalk for me or someone else to dispose of. What is that about? I have been caught without enough bags and it is embarrassing. I do go back and pick up if I cannot find anything on the street.

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