The trouble with dog poop

I’m sure all of you who are dog owners are responsible dog-poop-picker-uppers.

However, if you are a dog owner, chances are you know of people, or have witnessed people who do not pick up their dog’s poop.

And, if you’re not a dog owner, I’m sure you know of dog owners who do not pick up their dog’s poop.

The park in my area is full of dog poop.

Tired yet of the word dog poop? I could switch to the emoji…💩

Here’s a picture of part of the park I walked Tucker in this morning. He is, as some of you know, Mr. Dog Poop Eater and it’s driving me mental. Each one of those trees you see in the picture had a pile of dog poop near it.

It’s true. I’m not making it up.

He tugs so hard toward the dog poop scent he gives me whiplash. My poor arm and neck – it was just healing nicely and now, I’m back to feeling stiff and awkward.

Here’s proof, in case you didn’t believe me.

The poop is hard to see on the brown soil, the bark mulch and among the dead leaves from last fall. The grass hasn’t turned green yet, but will as soon as we experience the first major spring rain…until then, I have to outsmart the Beagle nose which is easier said than done.

My puppy is not impressed at my method of resistance.

Given what happened yesterday, he’s anticipating a repeat of my tug of war with him. On our afternoon walk I saw him sniff very intently at a pile of dead leaves and figured, it’s just dog pee odour that has him attracted. But then he lunged and dove in and started munching which had me leap at him and pry his jaws open only to see half-eaten dog poop in his mouth. Stupid puppy – doesn’t he understand this 💩 will make him sick?

I stuck my hand down his throat and dug out what I could and then cursed all the way to the beach (about 20 steps away) where I managed to wash off most of the disgustingness.

Sigh.

Anyway, it’s a problem.

Unfortunately, so is this:

I’ll let someone else rant about the discarded, used covid masks.

Blah.

29 thoughts on “The trouble with dog poop

  1. There is a female British dog trainer on Netflix and she taught some pugs not to eat poop when they were running around in the yard. Amazing….

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    1. Our puppy used to do that which REALLY grossed me out, but I looked it up and it’s super wide spread, so I stopped treating him like a leper when he did it. He finally stopped, but man, it was something. He also loves cat poop. We had to make the litter box almost Fort Knox to keep him away from it. I think he thought it was a doggy buffett.

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  2. Dogs are gross! Poop breath is not attractive. They have crazy digestive systems though, cuz it’s never made any of my dogs sick🤷🏼‍♀️
    There’s a house on my walking route that put up signs to a specific person who wasn’t picking up their dog’s poop. The signs basically said We know who you are, pick it up or we’re gonna put your face all over the neighborhood😂😂😂 it’s completely rude!

    The masks🤦🏼‍♀️ I’m so tired of seeing them. People are grosser than dogs. I saw a used condom in the gutter today. 🤢 I’ve seriously considered getting one of those grabber thingies and some industrial gloves and picking up trash when I walk. All that stuff goes into the storm drains, then into the ocean 🌊🤬

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  3. Canicross belt. Both Lenny and I are attached to one when we are outside of the garden. It allows the relevant parent to pick up our products fairly simply, although we do have a habit of trying to get the lead to slacken at jut about the wrong moment. It’s disgusting that people don’t pick up in your park. It’s selfish and horrible. I don’t eat it, but Lenny seems to like a little nibble on some other canine waste now and again. He will seek out fox, rabbit and deer poo though and it usually falls to dad to extract it from Lenny’s jaws. Normally he has chewed and made it all sticky and extremely disgusting.

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  4. I park in the parking garage attached to the hospital where I work. I’m always surprised at the number of masks I see on the ground. Not just disposable ones either. As for poop…if I start seeing that in the same location I’m finding a new place to park! That whole park poop thing is just rude. Just because they plant the dog’s rear end near a tree doesn’t make it okay to walk away.

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  5. And, it’s a whole winter’s worth of dog poop. Ours is a large property. A number of neighbors walk there. They bring their dogs. I have suggested that they pick up the dog dung…and they look at me like I’m crazy. Just because it’s the woods doesn’t mean it’s okay to run your dog irresponsibly. Here’s the part that gets me–I go out, on my own property, and step in dog poop. Sigh.

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    1. I watch them from my front window doing the same thing on my front lawn. It’s maddening. There’s even a swing hanging off the birch tree which would indicate children live and play here (doesn’t matter they’ve outgrown that, the dog owners don’t know that)….right? Idiots

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      1. I walk our dogs on my neighbour’s property and I wouldn’t dream of letting my dogs leave any traces. I think there is actually a law about picking up dog poop, isn’t there? Not that I think pointing out laws is always necessary or the right thing to do, but I would certainly be annoyed about stepping on dog poop on my property and possibly remind people it’s not a question of taste.

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    1. I’ve seen them and contemplated getting one. The two leashes I use right now are long enough that I can have part of it go behind my back, for this exact reason. 🙂

      Thanks for reminding me to look for this waist leash again. 🙂

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