Post # 1
I’m a long time lurker who’s finally decided to get involved. Anyhow, today, I was in my car waiting on my bf to come out of a business. I see this man walking past with a huge dog (not sure about the breed, but I know it wasn’t a great dane or any dog like that). The dog stops on the side lawn of a clinic. The dog does his business on the clinic’s lawn. So now I’m really looking because I notice the man doesn’t have any “equipment” to retrieve his dogs left behinds. The man politely walks his dog back to his suv, which was parked in the clinic’s lot, and drove away. I was disgusted. I wanted to say something so bad to this man, but didn’t.
For those who have pets, do you make sure to clean up after them? If you would’ve witnessed this, would you have said something?
Post # 3
If I witness it I wouldn’t say anything because I have been guilty of not picking up after my dog. If I have the bags on me or any I can pick it up I do but there are days where I leave the house and not realized that I don’t have a poop bag on hand.
Post # 4
Anytime we take our dog to the park, we always clean up after him. It’s really not that gross or difficult to pick it up, and I would be absolutely disgusted to step in another dog’s business so I don’t mind taking the 10 seconds it takes to clean up after my pup. Luckily, both the dog park and the public park in my area provide plastic bags so there’s really no excuse NOT to clean up.
I myself probably wouldn’t say anything to someone who didn’t clean up after their dog because I’m shy, but I don’t think it’s out of line for someone to do so. I’d probably just roll my eyes and be sure to avoid that area lol.
Post # 5
Yes, my FI and I pick up after our dogs and make sure to bring bags if we’re going somewhere with them. I probably would’ve thought it was rude too, but I doubt I would’ve said anything. I never really confront strangers.
Post # 6
I couldn’t get up enough nerve to say something. Plus, like you mentioned, it was a stranger so probably best I kept my mouth shut!
Post # 7
I would not say anything, because there have been one or two times when I forgot bags and had to go and get some and come back. He may just be an asshole and not come back, but you never know. This could be the one time he forgot and is really embarassed about it.
There’s someone in our neighborhood that doesn’t pick up all the time though, and I’ll usually get it if I have an extra bag. Most owners (especially here in NYC) pick up after their dogs. Unless it’s someone you know is leaving it around your neighborhood I’d let it be.
Post # 8
I always have dog pickup bags on me, even when I don’t have my dog with me.
I don’t care if people let their dog go on my lawn, as long as they clean it up. Currently there is a huge pile of shit on my lawn I’m not going to go slogging into the rain to pick up. Pisses me off to no end
Post # 9
@Ms_Sophia: We are adament about picking up after our dog. DH actually used pet waste as a source of a speech in one of his college classes last year. Besides being rude and inconsiderate it’s terribly unhealthy and can carry diseases. So GROSS that some people don’t pick up after their pets.
Post # 10
@Ms_Sophia: I don’t say anything because it’s none of my business…unless it’s on my lawn. That’s my business. Part of being a responsible pet owner is doing the yucky jobs that you really don’t want to do…that includes picking up poop.
Post # 11
@Hyperventilate: This speaks to my maturity…My neighbour let her dog poop on my front lawn. I saw her do it and she just kept walking. I picked the poop up and left it on her doorstep. She hasn’t done it since 😛
Post # 12
I would have said something! It is VERY unsanitary to leave dog poop in the grass because it can perpetuate people/animals contracting worms and can spread disease, especially if the dog who left the feces was sick or has worms. We had a small scare that our dog had worms and I was shocked because I am so careful with him. But after doing research and discovering from my vet that grass carries potential for contracting worms & other diseases — mainly due to NEGLIGENT dog owners who allow their dogs to poop anywhere and not picking up after them, I now get absolutely livid now if I see people being so f*ing irresponsible. PICK UP your dog’s poop!! And if you can’t, for god’s sakes come back with a plastic bag and clean up after him. And if you can’t be bothered to do the right thing, DON’T get a dog.
Post # 13
I don’t even bother leaving the house with the dog unless I have at least two poop bags on me. Even if he’s done his business at home that day, you just never know. You also never know when they’ll surprise you with 2 poops on one walk, and you don’t want to be that person who leaves it behind. I think it’s so disrespectful to have your pet leave it’s $hit on someone else’s property (personal, business or otherwise) and to not clean up. If he didn’t have a bag he should have at least tried to find something in his car to pick it up with. That’s brutal.
If someone had their dog do their business on my lawn and leave it, you better believe i’d be coming out to say something, or follow them and leave it on their doorstep like @MrsPanda99: !!
Post # 14
I’m a dog owner (I have three) and have poo bags on me all the time! If I put my hand in my pocket there’s always at least one empty bag in there! I have confronted people before and offered them one of my poo bags on LOADS of occasions. I’ve also confronted people on walks; if I’m walking past them I ask if they realise their dog has done a poo and tut if they say ‘ooops, I havent got a poo bag’.
But I’m a bit like the poo police haha.
Post # 15
That’s so frustrating. I always clean up after my dog. If I am stuck without a bag by chance (very rare) then I come back. One time I was walking the dog and the bag fell out of my pocket. By the time he’d done his business I went to pull out the bag and it was gone. I had to walk back through the neighborhood, find the bag, go back and clean it up. I felt terrible thinking my neighbor was going to think I just left it there! We have a lot of dogs in our neighborhood and most people pick up after them, but sometimes I see some leftover business and it really makes me angry!
Post # 16
@Ms_Sophia: Well, it depends. In this case, it’s very obvious that he had no intention of coming back to clean it up.
In my neighborhood, I keep 2-3 bags on me 99% of the time. Occasionally, I won’t have a bag on me when one of my critters does their business. I immediately take my dogs back to my apartment, walk back, and pick it up. So I usually give people the benefit of the doubt.
I’ve only said something once. I got a warning from my apartment complex for letting my dogs make deposits in my yard without cleaning up after them. (We’re the only people with big dogs in our building.) I keep our yard clean, so I was really confused. Sure enough, I caught a woman with a Rottweiler (who lives on the other side of the complex) letting her dog relieve itself in my yard without cleaning up after it. I caught her doing it three times, without coming back to pick it up, so I said something.