My recent post about off-leash dogs in Bear Creek Park really touched some nerves – there’s likely enough of us ticked off about this to form the first COPS chapter (Cranky Old People Society).
Right up there with the off-leash issue are people who don’t pick up their dog’s poop – either in the park, in the neighbor’s yard, etc.
When I lived in Houston, this was a real problem. I lived in an old, inner-city neighborhood with great shops, cafes, etc., which meant there were a lot of pedestrians, and a lot of people walking their dogs. And yes, many people would let their dogs poop in my yard and not clean it up.
At first, I would stand at the door and yell “Clean that up!” in full cranky mode. It rarely worked.
So I switched to a new campaign that became much more effective and one I use to this day. When I see someone letting their dog poop while on a walk and then not clean it up, I say “Excuse me – it looks like you’ve run out of poop bags. That happens to me all the time, so I carry extra: here you go.” And I hand them a poop bag (Yes, I almost always have some in my pocket – occupational hazard). Faced with a polite smiling person, they really don’t have much choice but to clean it up.
Non-confrontational (and, therefore, slightly less satisfying), but very effective.
You know what they say, you get more flies with honey than you do with vinegar, but nothing attracts flies like your neighbor’s dog’s poop in your front yard.’
Life is messy: Clean it up!