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Clean Up After Your Dog!

Clearly, I didn't have to dig deep into this story...

I know I’ll catch some serious $#!7 for writing this post, but the topic is one I refuse to step around, so to speak.

My neighbors set up a lovely kiddie pool on their front lawn yesterday, only to find a multitude of fecal piles everywhere.  These neighbors do not own a dog.

We live in a civilized society, where every convenience is made for animal owners to dispose of their pets' waste.  Trash cans are available on most corners, not to mention in our alleys.  So what is it?  Laziness?  Disrespect? Gargantuan squirrels with irritable bowel syndrome?  Coyotes roaming in silent, nocturnal packs leaving their calling cards on manicured lawns? 

This problem is nothing new to the City of Evanston, which, like many municipalities, has ordinances addressing this matter.  However, unless your lawn is continually surveilled by law enforcement or Meadow Muffin Monitors, you’ll simply have to take things into your own, um, hands.

victoria smith June 29, 2011 at 11:40 AM
This will always be an on going problem. We have two dogs and I always carry two bags with me when we take them for a walk three times a day, but there are some people that do not. Don't think that we can afford to have a ":Dog Poop Police" to scour the streets and neighborhoods. I rarely see anyone not picking up after there dog, but then again it is evident that there are many. Is there really a solution ? Don't think so, but what I would like to see is a "No fee" or at least alot less admission to the dog park on Main by Sam's Club. I use to partake in that activity, but it is to exspensive for me to do it now.
John Noyes June 29, 2011 at 09:20 PM
Drives me crazy! Even if you forget an extra bag and your dog happens to go twice wouldn't you go back with another bag and take care of your dog's business? It's so rude and I'm sure it won't change. Still, I have a dream that someday I'll catch the offenders red handed and get to speak my peace!
Marilyn June 29, 2011 at 10:18 PM
I have two dogs that I pick up after, I carry three bags with me just in case they do a surprise poop. I know the reason why some dog owners dont bother. Its the disturbing trend in my neighborhood of people and businesses posting no dog poo in our garbage can signs and turning their cans around so you cant get to them. Most people wont carry dog poo for 5 or 6 blks until they get back home, so they leave it. My question is would you rather step in a meadow muffin first thing in the morning or realize that the garbage can stays outside so what difference does it make if a dog owner puts one more plastic bag in your can?
mij June 30, 2011 at 02:49 AM
I usually carry a least a hald dozen bags. While on the subject of pets. Something needs to be done about all the stray cats. Case not one notice they poop also. I can walk my dog and see a half dozen of them most seem to have a collar on them
Joan K. Raisner June 30, 2011 at 04:03 AM
I have a house in southeast Evanston on a block with dog-friendly apartment buildings at each end. I notice that very little dog litter is left on our parkways and lawns. Often neighbors or children will be outside, or commuters and dog walkers are out at similar times of day, so there is a community presence. Neighbors greet the dog owners and learn the names of their dogs, which also makes it more personal. If a bag of dog dirt is put in my recycling bin by mistake, or thrown into a bush, then I think that someone new must have just moved in. For the careless or thoughtless few, some of us offer a bag until the message gets across. I hope these tips help your block with your dog problems.
Andrew Demopoulos July 05, 2011 at 10:39 PM
I couldn't agree more. I can't believe the number of dog deposits I find on my front lawn. It's as if I've been transported back to Paris in the seventies. I know that most dog owners are very responsible, but there is a disturbingly large minority out there who is not. Also, as to wanting to step on a meadow muffin in the morning or go to the garbage can to throw out the garbage and find bags of feces. I would choose neither because those innocuous filled bags are squished and torn inside the can when the trash is dumped out and come the warmer days the fetid stench that emanates from the can is quite overwhelming. Care to come over and smell my garbage can in July? By the way, grew up with dogs, love dogs, am getting a dog soon.
mij July 06, 2011 at 05:50 PM
I was driving down Oakton earlier to on my way to airport. I noticed a MAN walking a bigger White dog (about size of German Sheppard) Dog was moving his bowels but man Fiaile to pick up. this was near the grounds. Couldn't stop to offer bag. But ya'll in area know who it is. ;-)
jkerr July 06, 2011 at 10:27 PM
My neighbor - the one who never shovels her walk in the winter - regularly removes the bags of other peoples' dog poop from her garbage can and throws them in the alley to express her disgust, creating a very big mess in front of her own garage door. Better to have it in your garbage can than in your lawn, right? Practice tolerance - we all have to live here together.
mij July 07, 2011 at 02:44 AM
So true
Teresa Hymes July 22, 2011 at 08:55 PM
I have a problem with dog people using my trash can to dispose of their dog's poo. It is terribly disgusting during the summer or on those hot days. YUCK!!!
mij July 22, 2011 at 09:20 PM
Glad to see that it is being picked up and not left for people to step in or draw FLIES. Guess I don't pay much attention to whats in the garbage container

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