Let’s talk about dog poop.
On mornings that I bike to work, I dodge piles of dog poop as I roll my bike out of the garage. When I come home it’s dark, so I assume I’ve stepped in and rolled through quite a few piles.
A lot of dogs poop in our driveway … or a few dogs poop a lot in our driveway. Either way, there’s a lot of dog poop in our driveway—and none of it is from our dog.
I realize that a certain amount of illicit pooping is bound to happen in any neighborhood, but from the positioning of these poops—deep into the driveway, right up next to our fence—it’s apparent that people are bringing their dogs, likely on leash, to our driveway for the express purpose of pooping. Our driveway is somewhat secluded back by the alley, making undetected pooping easier, but it’s all over our tree lawn too.
We walk or run our dog and pick up his poop every time (except that one time when he pooped twice and I’d only brought one bag, but now I always bring two bags, and I picked up an extra pile in the park that wasn’t ours later that week to make up for it in the dog poop cosmos). Then, we come home and spend weekend afternoons picking up the poop of dogs whose owners have neither brains nor consciences.
We plan to pave our weedy gravel driveway in the spring, but until then, we’re spending a good deal of time dodging dog poop and thinking hateful thoughts about our neighbors. I place blame fully on the owners, not the dogs, and I’d love to learn a way to make it all stop.
I’ve seen empty milk jugs stuffed full of plastic grocery bags and hung from trees and fences around the neighborhood. These on-site poop-scooping supplies seem to say, “There, now you have no excuse.” I’ll likely try that, and probably a sign, too.
Any other clever ideas?