Walking along quite Happily and stepping into something Mushy....

@Jshean20 (14374)
Canada
July 29, 2012 9:26pm CST
So you're walking along quite happily on an evening walk and step directly into a fresh pile of dog feces with your best pair of shoes on. I don't understand why people cannot be bothered to pick up after their dogs. You can pick up a box of "poop bags" for $1 here where I live and if people own a pet, they must be able to afford that $1 to pick up after them. Has this ever happened to you? Do you think if you witness someone not picking up after their dog, you should say something outloud to them? Maybe even walk up and give them a bag to drop a little hint? What do you think?
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@Raine38 (8987)
• United States
30 Jul 12
That's gotta warrant a bad day for me. Here in my town, dog feces are common. You really have to watch out where you're stepping. (Thank goodness our village implemented stricter laws on pet ownership). But some people just won't be deterred and even just let their dogs run loose. When the pound people comes, they herded their dogs in their homes. Then when the coast is clear, they're free to roam again and drop their mud anywhere. The owner wouldn't even bother and even if you approach them and tell them to pick it up, they would just say that's what street sweepers are for. Whatta jerk!
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@Jshean20 (14374)
• Canada
30 Jul 12
Street sweepers would probably show up too late unfortunately, after someone already smushed their brand new white shoes into it. Thanks for you comment Raine38
@katcarneo (1434)
• Philippines
30 Jul 12
Here in my country it's normal to see dog poop on the streets because many ordinary pet dogs (the ones not of a special breed) normally just roam around by themselves and poop wherever they want. Only the fancy looking dogs are being walked on a leash, most of the time, and those ones poop too. I don't think doggie bags are common here, except maybe in posh communities, but dog owners there have maids to pick up the dog poop for them. I am a dog owner as well, and we have cats, but our pets do their business at home. It's funny how our cats go home to use the litterbox! They could've just done their business outside in the grass, but no, they go home to go to the "bathroom." Our dog uses the bathroom floor as a toilet but sometimes still makes a mess in the middle of the living room. She's just a few months old and is still being taught.
@Jshean20 (14374)
• Canada
30 Jul 12
I completely understand that lifestyles and daily practices are different all around the world. Here in Canada, if dogs or cats are walking around as strays they are taken to a humane society in hopes of finding a loving owner who can take care of them. It's expected that dogs are picked up after and poop bags are priced cheap so that anyone who can afford to keep a pet can afford to pick up after them. In fact, a lot of parks even have poop bags hanging on a post so people can use them free of charge, there really isn't an excuse here. Thanks for your post.
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@katcarneo (1434)
• Philippines
30 Jul 12
There must be a stricter, more organized process of handling free-roaming animals from where I am, but this is not a place where local governments would allot a sufficient budget for such a cause. Usually it's the volunteer groups who do these things. I heard in some countries pets can not roam around by themselves but in here, some dogs and cats do, even if they have owners. Pet owners should be responsible enough to look after and clean up after their pets. Our cats do go out but only when we let them. and they usually just hang out on our stairs or the vacant lot next to our apartment building to bask in the sun. They are mostly indoor cats that can go out sometimes. Our dog is never made to roam around by herself, so she's quite afraid of other dogs, actually. When we walk her, we come across lots of free-roaming dogs that poop just about anywhere. I guess it is really such a shame that some pet owners over there do not bother to clean up their pets' mess, even if doggie bags are already provided.
@Jshean20 (14374)
• Canada
30 Jul 12
I think it's really an issue of lazyness to be honest with you. I understand that maybe once in awhile people forget to bring along a bag, or maybe the dog poops twice so they ran out of bags, but I've seen the same people neglect picking it up so I know they are being lazy.
@jaiho2009 (39079)
• Philippines
31 Jul 12
So disgusting. I will surely give a hint if the owner looks like not picking it up. I will hand them a bag or box- hope the owner is sensitive enough.
@Jshean20 (14374)
• Canada
31 Jul 12
You are brave, thanks for posting jaiho2009.
@sender621 (14956)
• United States
30 Jul 12
Stepping in something unexpected would be enough to put a damper on the day. It had happened to me before and it was the happiest of feeings. when people take their out for an excursion, they should be respectful other people who may be walking the same path. Picking up after your animal also respect to the animal as well.
@Jshean20 (14374)
• Canada
31 Jul 12
Yes, it's respectful to the animal as well. My dog likes to roll his entire body in it if he discovers some before I can stop him from rolling of course.
• United States
30 Jul 12
I REALLY don't enjoy stepping in a nice big pile of dog crap, especially in my best pair of shoes... Even in my WORST pair of shoes, I don't like it. Personally, I think you should be required to pick up your dog's poop. It might be fertilizing the plants, but it's messing up people's shoes.
@Jshean20 (14374)
• Canada
30 Jul 12
If people want to fertilize the plants, they can bend over and scoop it up and dump it on plants then, I support that idea. Thanks MischiefFilledMe for your input.