03
Mar
15

you picked up a poo?

Successful applauding executives sitting at the table

28
Feb
15

Hello world!

We moved to a new server!

Please be patient while we work out the hiccups.

26
Feb
15

scampering from the arm of the law

#southlooppoop

A rare picture sent to us by a correspondent captures poo scofflaws scampering from police in Cottontail park:

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Probably the best picture of the Father, the Dog and the Child, it is a medium sized golden colored dog.  This pic even shows the two Police starting to walk through the park, they are right before the drinking fountain [at the top left].  After being talked to by the Police, which was likely ‘Hey, leash your dog!’, the Police even pointed to the dog, the adult leashed the dog, and the party walked off to the exit at Federal [on the northwest side of the park].  That gives us an idea where they live, i.e. Dearborn Park II, if they lived on State, they would have used the Plymouth exit…

That looks like a big dog.  That means they left us with a big poo.

It also means that the cops had an opportunity to earn a fat $500 check for the city. Too bad they missed that, huh?

And that poor kid, being brought up in a life of crime.

Such a shame.

29
Jan
15

your monthly business

It’s important to keep track of your time, isn’t it?

Scheduling your monthly business on the 2015 Monthly Doos dog poop calendar might be a good thing to do.

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Every home should have one! $6.95 cheap! 

(And check out the rest of their site, the guy has gone poo crazy, poor fellow.)

26
Jan
15

Is this you?

#southlooppoop

poo bandit.

13
Jan
15

Sledding Kids Covered in Poop

The poo controversy builds at Bartelme Park:  Sledding Kids Covered With Dog Poop in West Loop, Neighbors Angry

This is particularly interesting because this park has a so called ‘Dog Friendly Area‘ that has, obviously, been rejected by a significant number of dog owners in the area.  Despite similar and substantial off-hours off-leash dog use at other Chicago parks, it’s rare to see this much poo controversy.

If you read the article, there seem to be a lot of comments that exhibit a patronizing disrespect for dog owners – who largely, just want to exercise their dogs.

Perhaps it’s worth considering – has the 4000 sq ft ‘DFA’ actually engendered mutual contempt? Seems more like a prison than a dog park to us:

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11
Dec
14

Catchy!

Rockford District Council asks ‘Can We Make ‘Poo’ Go Viral?’ Yes, yes, we can!

We’ll be working on transcribing the lyrics so we can all sing along!

07
Aug
14

Art

A Dog in a Sweater Doing Business:

dog_on_eBay_doing_businessBuy it now for $50,000.

13
Mar
14

The slow decay of winter poo

Everybody’s talking about it.

It’s been a bad winter in Chicago, and that means that as the snow melts several month’s worth of poo emerges.

You see the trash, broken bottles, cigarette butts, too…

But it’s the poo that gets the attention.

Fools at the Streeterville park leave dog shit in the tennis courts and get shut down!

Idiots at Coliseum Park leave dog shit all over the park…

But think about it.

It’s pretty straightforward to do the numbers.

All it takes is one dog owner leaving his dog’s poo behind every day for 60 days to mean that on some lovely March morning  in the melting snow pack there are 60 shits to gaze upon.

There are hundreds of dog owners around. 

It only takes the 1%.

02
Mar
14

Chicago Dog Owners Shame On You!!

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01
Mar
14

Poo Disaster at Coliseum Park

Poo Disaster at Coliseum Park:

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16
Aug
13

dog crap!

Sloopin poster Paul Kersey is inflamed about Dog Crap in the South Loop!

Is anyone out there as sick and f…ing tired of the self entitled a..holes who don’t pick up there dogs crap in coliseum park as I am. I sure other parks have same issues. This morning this guy had 2 brown lab puppies and both crapped and he didn’t even think about it. WHAT CAN WE DO..

26
Apr
13

Whither South Poop?

Found on the internets:

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Don’t worry y’all, we’ll be back!

Real life just gets in the way, you know?

We’re gearing up for a full schedule of South Poop posts and analyses in the coming year!

24
Oct
12

A massive poo to start the Fall poo season

A beautiful day for a walk with the pups!  Your South Poop correspondent was happily daydreaming about the miracle of the poo fairies that everyday magically appear to clear orphan poo from this corner of the South Loop.

But the first poo of Fall was indeed waiting somewhere out there, hidden in this colorful Halloween scene:

We wonder who will find it first?  A costumed child frolicking on a cool Fall day?  Or the grumpy lady walking home after a bad day at the office?  Or the rats… will the rats enjoy a tasty treat?

Can you find the poo?

06
Sep
12

Life Instructions

thx to Terrierman’s Daily Dose.

05
Aug
12

Tommy Two-Tone

A supporter of South Poop writes –

There’s a new BIG dog leaving poop on 15th Street.  Wonder what he’s been eating?  Let’s call him Tommy Two Tone!  Watch for him and his monster poos!

01
Jun
12

what a disappointment

Burnham Station Condominiums is no 1401 S. State St – the dog people there have a reputation as among the most responsible in the area.

But we found this unfortunate accident waiting for us on those grounds this morning. Somebody’s going to be tweeting about stepping in poo this AM:

It has been a while since we’ve seen something like this at Burnham Station. We hope it’s not the start of a disturbing new trend.

Poo Alley is just around the corner. Take it over there miscreant!

29
May
12

sad lonely poo

- sad lonely poo

… looks like somebody is taking a sniff!

27
May
12

Poo Free Parks is looking for 10K signatures

Check out this PET-ition at Change.org!

I Want Poo Free Parks! Sign the PET-ition!

Dog owners, dog lovers, dog haters…no matter who you are, everyone despises stepping in POO at the park. The solution is proven and simple: provide the dog poo bags necessary for owners to pick up, and they will DOO it. Unfortunately, the cost for biodegradable bags, conveniently located dispensers, and continuous service is unaffordable for most park systems.

That’s when the Poo Free Parks Founder, Bill Airy, realized a brilliant solution: create a local business that provides a convenient and consistent supply of biodegradable bags to dog owners, but instead of charging the taxpayers, find local businesses who want to support the cause by advertising on a discrete sign attached to each station. This ensures that the dispenser stations are always filled with good quality biodegradable bags, free from graffiti and vandalism, and at no cost to the City or its taxpayers. Simple. Perfect.

Unfortunately, while your parks managers believe that this is a good program, there are a couple of residents out there who would claim that they speak for you, and would rather watch all of us step in poo than see this eco-friendly program enter our parks. They are putting up quite a stink, and this PET-ition serves as a way to turn their bark into the whimper that it really is.

Poo Free Parks® partners with municipalities around the nation to supply, install, and maintain eco-friendly pet clean-up stations, at no cost to the City or the taxpayer. Best of all, sponsorship revenues generated by Poo Free Parks® are shared with the park system for use towards other community programs.

If you feel that your park system should partner with Poo Free Parks, then please sign this PET-tion and pass it along.

Imagine – a poo bag dispenser on every corner…. It could happen.  And… it would cost us nothing. 

Find out more about Poo Free Parks, take a look at their interactive poo bag dispenser map (it’s teh awesome!), sign the PET-ition, and let your Alderman know you support the P0o Free Parks program!

25
May
12

find the poo!

Here’s a fun new game for kids and grown-ups everywhere!

Can you find the poo?

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C. This is a hard one. Extra credit! 

23
May
12

poo in a bag or tasty treat?

Found this in an alleyway under the El:

The small rocks scooped up make it seem like a tasty treat!

27
Mar
12

big nasty one on wabash

Things seemed pretty clean on the streets during our walk with the pups this evening.

Until we came face to face with this:

Well sited, my friend.  It’s huge, but seems well camouflaged in the cracks and staining of the sidewalk. Dark, almost invisible, isn’t it? Sneaks up on you.

Some party-goer alighting their car will be stepping in that poo tonight for sure.

I don’t normally step in poo… but when I do, I prefer to step in a big nasty poo.

Here:

21
Mar
12

A lovely evening for poo

We tried to capture what a lovely evening for a poo it was –

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20
Mar
12

american poo bag designers fight back

These hipsters are sure to be giving iScoopy Pal and poopoobags a run for their money!

These Olive ‘Unisex’ Poop Bags are:

  • Certified compostable
  • Olive poop bags are made from plant starches, biodegradable polymer and other renewable resources
  • Meet Califonia ASTM D6400 standards
  • No polyethylene use in the production process
  • DEN certified for restricted use of metals in the inks and dyes
  • GMO Free
  • Break down in 10-40 days
  • Manufactured in Norway, Belgium or the United States

So, there you go!

17
Mar
12

bags and scoops installed in Moscow parks

This is an old report from RT, and I can’t embed the video – so you’ll have to go to the link to view it – but it’s amusing nonetheless: “Clean a poop, save a child“.

When a dog’s got to do what a dog’s got to do, what do you do with a doggie doo?

It’s interesting to pick up on a couple of things… like the fact that Lyudmila here has been leaving Mika’s poo in the park for seven fricking years!  Mika is not a small dog.

Continue reading ‘bags and scoops installed in Moscow parks’

15
Mar
12

“pick up, it’s normal!”

These poo bag pouches carry a brilliant message (unfortunately they’re only available at select stores in France)!

Ramasser, c’est normal! 

Pick up, it’s normalexactly!

It’s not a stretch to say that most people, certainly most who don’t have dogs, think that it’s ‘weird‘ or ‘gross‘ to be picking up poo, and it’s not a stretch to think that if you walk away from your* poo, many folks would ‘understand’. But as long as it’s socially accepted to feel this way, the problem has to persist.

And finesadmonishments and scolding don’t address this.

“Pick up, it’s normal” does.  

Leave it to our European friends at Le Chien du Citoyen to figure this out!  

Brilliant.

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* If it’s ‘your’ dog, then it’s your poop!

13
Mar
12

lawn sausages will last for weeks / releasing noxious gas

Poetic genius from our friends at Snohomish County Public Works

If taking care of number two
is number one to you,
then picking up your doggy doo
should matter lots to you.

Continue reading ‘lawn sausages will last for weeks / releasing noxious gas’

03
Mar
12

Today’s Poo Fairy report

Today’s Poo Fairy report is for Cottontail Park, Chicago, IL

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Orphan poos were picked up at and around Cottontail Park this morning.

Thank you, Poo Fairy!

29
Feb
12

sunny day, lovely pu-bar

A warm sunny day provides a lovely setting for a poo in Cottontail Park:

26
Feb
12

Breaking news – CPD has freed Fluffy from her chain!

This just in:

The Chicago Park District has freed Fluffy from the 30# chain link, and they are trying to convey important information about picking up after your pooch, however they have now come up with puzzling new lingo…

What does it mean to LEASH-CURB your pet????

– Puzzled in the South Loop

These new signs have been showing up around area parks:

26
Feb
12

Featured poo for 2.26.12

Here’s this week’s featured poo!

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This one’s a sturdy little poo near Clark & 15th:

Is this your poo?  Let us know – we’d love to get to know you!
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25
Feb
12

Green Dog Walkers

Here’s an initiative that we also heard about on the BBC Scotland show ‘The Scoop on Poop‘ (audio available until 2/27/12) – the Green Dog Walkers project.

Green Dog Walkers is a friendly, non-confrontational way to change attitudes towards dog fouling. Green Dog Walkers are volunteers who have taken a pledge to always clean up after their dog, and carry extra dog waste bags so they can give a bag to anyone who finds themselves without one.

How do you become a Green Dog Walker?

  • You sign the Green Dog Walkers® Pledge
  • You get a Green Dog Walkers® Armband to wear when you’re out and about with little Frou-frou!

There’s a major publicity effort behind this initiative, so that the public is aware of what it means.

If you see someone wearing a Green Dog Walkers wrist/armband it means they have taken the pledge to:

  • always clean up after their dog
  • carry extra doggie bags
  • gladly give you a poop bag for your dog – just ask.

It’s an interesting idea. Don’t want people beating each other over dog poo. Instead, make it known that you’re a friendly Green Dog Walker, ready to lend a hand (or bag, as it were).

23
Feb
12

Curb your dog!! in Canaryville

A discussion popped up on EveryBlock Chicago about a month ago: ‘Curb your dog!!

Canaryville is a neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago that “stretches from Fortieth to Forty-Seventh Street between Wentworth Avenue and Halsted”.

Aside from the usual – urban poop is a problem everywhere in the city – what’s interesting about the post was that several commenters brought up the problems with the term ‘Curb your Dog‘.

What on earth does “Curb Your Dog” mean anyway? Perhaps we, and the signs, need to say “Pick Up Your Dog’s Waste Or You Will Be Ticketed!” instead of using some arcane expression to pussyfoot around.

Right on, jim m.!

Whereas Jennifer says:

Curb your dog – you or your landlord owns the property in front of your house (your front yard or steps). the “curb” area is owned by the city. “Curbing” your dog means having them do their business on the “community” property – the area by the curb.

And Kitty chimes in again:

Okay well they are not using the curb they are literally leaving the poop on the side of my fence or in front of my home. I am really annoyed by this..

A lot of people in Canaryville are annoyed at having to clean up after other people’s dogs!

Just like in the South Loop!

21
Feb
12

Dog Fouling And Red Rubber Bands

Looks like we’ve found the South Poop of England, too.

Check out the site: Dog Fouling and Red Rubber Bands.

There’s some explanation for the ‘Red Rubber Bands’ that makes sense to the British, but it doesn’t make any sense to me. Whatever…

Lots of good stuff there.

And, it seems like their speciality is… dog poo music!

There have been many songs published on this blog. Needless to say, they have varied in quality. Once in a while, a good song thrusts itself at us. I can truly say this of this rendition of “Poop my Shoe”. It almost had tears welling up in my eyes. I love the way it doesn’t focus just on dog faeces but covers a broad spectrum of animal deposits. I challenge you to listen without experiencing a wide range of emotional reactions.

We heard about Dog Fouling and Red Rubber Bands on the BBC Scotland show ‘The Scoop on Poop‘ (audio available until 2/27/12). Take a listen.

18
Feb
12

Est-ce que la crotte de chien fait de l’engrais?

Please, let the French explain it to you:

No, the dog poop is not fertilizer! For what has the slightest interest in the land, it should be composted.

The poop left on a green space has no benefit to the parks or gardens, on the contrary.  The urine burns the grass and dog droppings can remain for several weeks before disintegrating, which poses a real health problem. It contains germs, bacteria and parasites that are harmful to human health but also for all the dogs that shall put the nose to it.

The least we can say is that dog poop is not a decorative element that friends of the gardens enjoy, and what about its effect on children playing in the grass in the spring or summer?

It is also an issue of respect for the work of the gardener.  They do not like most that pedestrians have the dog poop underfoot.

That’s why even in green spaces, it is essential to pick up!

17
Feb
12

It will cover you from poop disaster for one year

This video has been around a while. Pretty weird.

??????????????????Please Vote to Dog Poop Insurance!

Yes, it’s real –

Ever stepped in dog poop and ruined your fave kicks? Well you need Sneaker Freaker Dog Poop Insurance! Thanks to our mates in Japan, Sneaker Dog Poop Insurance could become a reality. All you need to do is watch the video below then VOTE. If we get 100,000 votes a Japanese insurance agency will actually offer this service (we’re not making this up!).

16,414 “Yes I love it” votes as of Feb 13. Looks like they won’t have enough to go forward with the plan.

Too bad for sneaker-wearers everywhere. 

16
Feb
12

Proprioception and the placement of poo

Thanks to a Friend of South Poop:

“This little dog must have spectacular hind end awareness, and the skills of an acrobat!”

Proprioception is so important for the modern dog.

15
Feb
12

the dog poo lottery was a big success!

You may have heard about a plan in New Taipei City, Taiwan to hold a dog poo lottery last year.  The idea was for people to turn in bags of poo and receive a lottery ticket in return. The prize – ingots of gold.

Turns out the plan was “a big success“.

We checked and found this BBC report from last December:

A woman in her 50s won the top prize – a gold ingot worth $2,200 (£1,400). […] The woman who won is among a team of neighbourhood volunteers who already helped to clean up the streets, including by picking up dog mess.

It’s nice that a poo angel won the prize!
Better, the plan worked:

The BBC’s Cindy Sui in Taipei says that it has been credited with halving the amount of dog mess in the city, which is near the capital.

 But it looks like a one-time-only scheme:

They say the city simply cannot afford to keep exchanging dog poo for gold.

You think?

Too bad for everybody.

But it makes you wonder – could a lottery like this be implemented anywhere? You don’t have to give away gold ingots (yes, “smaller gold ingots, worth several hundred dollars, were given to four other prizewinners“). What if you just had ‘normal’ prizes, like a coupon to your favorite eatery?

How about the South Loop Poo Lottery?

Certainly would bring international attention to Chicago, maybe the City boosters would go for it…

Shanghaiist thinks it's a great idea, too.

14
Feb
12

so dachshund glad you’re here someone pooped

It’s sometimes, uh, interesting to review the search terms that led to South Poop.  By far the most frequent is

what does curb your dog mean 

and, by far our most accessed post is ‘Curb your ‘Curb Your Dog”.  But here are a few of the other terms used over the past 30 days:

beautiful flowchart           

revenge on people who dont pick up dog shit           

???? “pile of poo”           

ergonomic goat poop scoop           

teacuppoo           

so dachshund glad you’re here someone pooped in the hallway           

you are only worth as much as your dog’s poop           

the best ever poop area designed for a dog           

immoral purpose dog shit           

13
Feb
12

Scene of the crime

12
Feb
12

Featured poo for 2.12.12

Here’s this week’s featured poo!

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Poo-on-ice in Ping Tom Park:
Is this your poo?  Let us know!
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11
Feb
12

Beauty on the beast

A pretty vanilla rant about poo from a blog in Norway…but you gotta love the picture:

I call it "Beauty on the Beast"

10
Feb
12

The concept of poo radius

We’ve noticed that when we take our dogs out they always poo nearby our house.  We can estimate using Google maps that their poo radius is about 300 feet. Are other dogs the same?

We don’t know, yet. But the observation prompts an interesting idea…

Dog poos are not transported by the gods, nor dropped by the birds, nor, generally, left by trekkers traveling miles from home.

They are left behind by our neighbors. Can we be more precise than that?

Which neighbors?

It’s a pretty obvious idea when you think about it, and we all probably implicitly do come to the obvious conclusion: the neighbors nearby. But perhaps if we could come up with a quantitative spin on this we could make that intuition more concrete, and perhaps, more useful.

Consider the ‘probability of poo’ distribution function. The probability is low at distances close to zero (people generally won’t let their pups poo right at the foot of their steps, for example, but someone else’s steps, that’s another matter!) – and then the probability increases with distance, reaching a maximum at some point, and then decreasing as you get farther and farther from home.

There’s probably a right way to do this – collect data from a team of “dog-poo reporters” in order to establish the shape of the distribution function, P(p|d) (the probability of a poo (p) at a distance (d) from home). Then use that prior distribution and a little Bayesian statistics to ask: given the occurrence of an orphan poo at location y, what’s the probability that the poo-coward lives distance x away? 

(There must be additional variables, too – poo behavior near a single family home will be different from near a condo, behavior near a front door will be different from a back door, a poo-friendly surface will facilitate poo, winter walks will be shorter than summer walks, etc, etc.)

This might take a lot of work.

But let’s take the easy way out. Imagine that there’s a single poo radius for all dogs (something we admit we have not established) and that the radius is 300 feet (something that might also vary – perhaps FrouFrou goes right away, while hefty Gorgon needs to walk a while to stir things up).

If we can make that simplification, then we can come up with this:

An interesting visualization of something that’s not usually made explicit, isn’t it?

It suggests that we can identify the pool of candidate poo-cowards by simply mapping the position of the orphan-poo.  

The five locations identified in the map are recurring poo-hotspots at the southern end of the South Loop:

  1. Mary Jones Richardson Park
  2. The 1401 S. State Impact Zone
  3. Coliseum Park DPFA
  4. Poo Alley
  5. Wabash, South of 16th

Each of these sites, some of which are ongoing areas of poo crisis, others that ebb and flow, is created by someone, or several someones, who can be located within a specific geographic pool of residents of the South Loop.

Take MRJ Park, #1 – that site can be assigned to residents of the northern end of the Dearborn Park II development.

Site #2 – ha! 1401 S. State.

And Poo Alley, Site #4 – that one can be assigned to Dearborn Tower (1530 S. State), with residents of Burnham Station and Dearborn Mews perhaps also contributing.

This suggests that it could be possible to use a targeted strategy to address the (local) problem of orphan poo. Find a developing poo-crisis at some location?  Then identify the dog owners in the buildings that lie within the poo-radius. Distribute informational leaflets. Talk to them. Instead of writing angry letters about the ‘torrent of dog urine and feces turning [the] urban lawn into a fetid, stinking mire of matted, brown mush‘, a poo-advocate could simply notify the 25 (say) surrounding dog-households to put each on notice that one of them was creating a developing poo-crisis.

Prediction: problem solved.

09
Feb
12

An American “poop fairy”

Thanks to Keep Britain Tidy, the English did it first, but did they do it better?

Now, folks in Colorado are trying it:

But as we all know, there are poo fairies and poo angels all around us.

Like Poop Fairy on Facebook. Or not.

08
Feb
12

Dogkisser blog

There’s a blog out of Canada that came to our attention when its author commented here (when we first started). She had clearly thought a lot about dog poo, dog parks and dogs in society. It’s worth checking out: the DogKisser Blog.

Here are her posts about poop. This author has a ton of observations that are relevant and useful to us.

Example: the need for trash pickup and bag supply to raise compliance. Otherwise, any policy is neglectful and disingenuous:

What do I think would raise compliance and make people start picking up their dogs’ poop?

  1. Poop bags at all entrances to Point Pleasant Park.
  2. GARBAGE CANS to put the poop bags in – and people to EMPTY THE GARBAGE CANS.
  3. City staff in the parks to FINE PEOPLE who DON’T pick up their dogs poop.

Those 3 things would raise compliance by about 1000%. Right now people know that they can get away with not picking up their dogs poop. So why should they? If there’s no consequences – there’s going to be NO COMPLIANCE. It’s pretty simple.

You can put all the flags in poop that you want. But if you don’t give dog owners some tools to deal with the poop – you’re being VERY disingenous. And unfair.

Example: poo should be considered best as litter; but dog owners are judged as a class:

I liken dog shit to Tim Horton’s cups – people throw them away everywhere – and you see them everywhere, but you’d never consider shutting down any Tim Horton’s coffee shops because of people throwing away their cups irresponsibly instead of putting them into garbage receptacles. Simply because you can assign a niche demographic to place blame on – does not mean that you can shut down access to public space to the whole of that demographic for the irresponsibility of a small minority.

That is completely wrong – and non-sensical as shutting down every Tim Hortons because of their cups being thrown away on street corners. It’s exactly the same thing.

p.s. What’s a Tim Horton’s, eh?

07
Feb
12

“Three colors from a three course meal?? and fresh!!”

A friend of South Loop sent us these:

"Three colors from a three course meal?? and fresh!!"

"This pile is packed so perfectly!!"

06
Feb
12

Unicode character ‘pile of poo’

This is too cool. We now have an internationally recognized Unicode character ‘PILE OF POO‘.

The bad news?  The only font that I can find that supports this new, internationally recognized, and computationally defined character symbol for Poo is ‘Symbola‘. That’s fine, I guess. You can download the font files and install them on your own computer so that you can write a Word doc incorporating the symbol. But it means that we can’t use this symbol on our site because your browser probably won’t support it!  (You just get this:

05
Feb
12

Featured poo for 2.5.12

Here’s this week’s featured poo!

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Dry poo-kibble on the Wabash sidewalk south of 16th:

Want your poo featured on South Poop?  Let us know!

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04
Feb
12

a Pleiades of poo

Pleiades: 

Poo: 

03
Feb
12

Poop Slope

Looks like the South Poop of NYC!

Poop Slope.

Presumably coming to you from Park Slope, Brooklyn.

This is a cool site – take a look. Lots of pictures with that special sophisticated New York flair!

More art than analytical, but sometimes, you need some art, doncha?

How about this, for example –

“a deconstruction of the notion that poop, when abandoned, deconstructs”

Only a Po-Mo Art Student from New York City could have come up with a sentence like that!

(You might also be interested in the fine photography at another NYC site –  Dogs Shitting on Sidewalks)

01
Feb
12

Bad news about Takkie Kakkie

We posted about Takkie Kakkie, the family game a while ago. 

Now that it’s been available on Amazon for a while, there’s some bad news.

The newer reviews for ‘Doggie Doo‘ (as it’s called in the US) are not that great. Seventeen (17) one star reviews??

Here are some:

  • Complete Junk
  • Big Disappointment
  • Doggie does not Doo
  • Waste of money
  • Broke within 30 minutes
  • Name suits it because it’s a REALLY CRAPPY toy!!!

If the little plastic dog is ‘constipated’… well then the game can’t be much fun, now can it?

That seems to be the take-home from these reviews – and we’re all poorer for it.

But there’s also this review from ‘no prude':

Really? You want a game about dog poop?

I’m no prude, but unless your goal is to teach your kids that being crass is cool and potty humor will advance their character, why would you spend a nickel on this product? This game lowers the bar for preschool and elementary children.With so many positive and educational choices out there, save your money and pass on this ridiculous game.

Feh.

Lady, take a pill and start picking up after your dog.  If there ever was an idea for an ‘educational game’, this one was it.

31
Jan
12

Urban etiquette, New York City style

From the Village Voice, of all places –

Yet in one neighborhood, reports F’d in Park Slope, the shit has gone past hitting the fan and is instead being bagged, along with a kindly urban etiquette note asking the poo-creator’s (a/k/a, dog’s) owner to please stop letting the dog go to the bathroom in the “tree pits” and then also, to please stop just leaving the poo there.

30
Jan
12

European design at its best

Forget Questo, Swedish Design House, even Foscarini.

Just take a look at these dog poo bags and weep:

“Turn the less attractive moments in the life of a dog owner into an original happening.”

Buy them here: http://www.poopoobags.com/

(via lovelypackage.com)

29
Jan
12

More poop at MRJ park

Mary Richardson Jones Park, again.

Our correspondent writes:

I left one of my custom made flags with each of the orphan loads but this time I decided not to adopt them. Rather, I left them there for a pick up later. I think leaving the orphans there with the flag makes more of a statement than my previous adoption strategy. Hopefully the neighbors will become a little more aware. I’m also hoping to alert the person leaving the mess that someone is actively pursuing them.

This time, we got some great pictures!

Those are some awesome signs. “Decided not to adopt them“, indeed!

Looks like things are heating up at MJR park!


29
Jan
12

Featured poops for 1.29.12

So, we’ve got some new poo flags!

– and, so today’s featured poos are in Coliseum Park, and in the Coliseum Park Dog Run:

Thanks to this tip:

we flagged seven (7) poos along Wabash and into Coliseum Park.

Thanks for the tip!  And keep ‘em coming!

28
Jan
12

One poop two poop three poop four

Within ten feet of each other along poo alley.

One poop:

Two poop:

Three poop, and four!

And a monster wet one was across the street – too gross to capture, take our word for it!

27
Jan
12

Direct action at Jones park

A friend of South Poop writes:

Since the snow has melted over the past couple of days an abundance of abandoned poop has been revealed at Mary Jones Richardson Park (Park 479).

I had an idea. I made some make shift flags out of skewers that say “Abandoned turd adopted by XXX” on one side. On the other side it says “Clean Your Poop!” “Identify and report those who do not!”

So I picked up the aforementioned turds at MJR Park and then replaced each with a flag.

I think it would be pretty cool if that went on around other parts of the neighborhood. It would alert neighbors that someone is abandoning turds. It would also let the perpetrator know they are being watched and likely to be very embarrassed when caught.

How about the South Poop promotional potential too?

Let it not be forgotten that the overwhelming majority of dog owners in the neighborhood are responsible. If they weren’t we would be up to our necks in shit.

First of all – thanks to our correspondent for the shout-out to South Poop!

Second – great idea! And one we’ve been considering for a while.

We’re going to move forward on this – look for South Poop poo flags in your neighborhood soon!

01
Dec
11

Is Coliseum Park going to hell?

We’re hearing reports that there’s dog poo all over the Coliseum Park Dog Run and that the adjacent grassy park area is also a mess of poo!

What’s going on?

If you’ve seen people walking away from their poo please please please let us know. Better yet, send us a quick picture and we’ll post it here.

The last thing we need now is some a*$*hole leaving shit all over.

Let’s get ‘em. If you have specific ideas about what to do, please leave them in the Comments.

29
Oct
11

Science meets poo. Poo loses.

Science meets poo. Poo loses. 

The AshPoopie is coming! 

What is the AshPoopie, you ask? We’re glad you did!

Behold:

Quite simply, the AshPoopie turns your dog’s poop into a sterile pile of ash.

Continue reading ‘Science meets poo. Poo loses.’

27
Oct
11

The Big Dogs have their revenge

Call out the small dogs will you?  

The Big Dogs have had their revenge.

We found some fatties in the gravel at Grant Bark Park:

25
Oct
11

A pretty little poo in a sea of Fall color

A pretty little poo in a sea of Fall color –

Nasty little poo

Your dog is an artiste!

07
Oct
11

Holy crap, batman!

Via Gawker and SayOMG,

“Superhero’s Main Weapon Against Apathy: Dog Poop”

…the Czech Republic’s latest superhero, […] whose primary superpower involves smearing dog poop on impolite dog walkers and then running away before he gets his ass kicked.

Yikes. Insane.

But, perhaps, oh so effective! :-)

Who was that masked man? 

05
Oct
11

Magic Poop Collector

It comes in “eight sizes and three colors!”

Oh, if only it were true

22
Sep
11

to post, or not to post?

A friend sent us this discussion going on over at the West Loop’s Mary Bartelme Park PAC Facebook page – seems that someone ‘took a picture of the droppings‘ and caught a poo coward in the act.

The question:  to post, or not to post?

The vote:

  • Post pics of dog poo.  7
  • Don’t post pics of dog poo.  1
  • Tut-tut-tut, dog poo!  2

We look forward to seeing the pics! Maybe they’ll show up here! :-)

10
Sep
11

Hundreds and hundreds of complaints about poo

The City of Chicago provides a portal to a lot of different records of City activity, and in a follow up to our previous post (‘What’s really going on…‘), we’ve pulled the 311 Sanitation Code complaints for 2011.

The data is out there: “Dog feces in yard”.

These are the complaints for 2011 (1/1/11 – 8/22/11):

Date        Code Violation?	    Street Address
01/01/2011	Dog feces in yard	1411 W 114TH PL
01/02/2011	Dog feces in yard	3672 W GRAND AVE
01/03/2011	Dog feces in yard	5058 W CRYSTAL ST
01/04/2011	Dog feces in yard	9914 S CALHOUN AVE
01/04/2011	Dog feces in yard	6018 W ADDISON ST
01/04/2011	Dog feces in yard	6148 S RUTHERFORD AVE
01/05/2011	Dog feces in yard	816 N LEAVITT ST
01/05/2011	Dog feces in yard	9625 S HALSTED ST
01/05/2011	Dog feces in yard	3342 N OSAGE AVE
01/05/2011	Dog feces in yard	3344 N OSAGE AVE
01/05/2011	Dog feces in yard	2043 N KILDARE AVE
01/06/2011	Dog feces in yard	7340 S DAMEN AVE
01/06/2011	Dog feces in yard	1365 W CRYSTAL ST
01/07/2011	Dog feces in yard	10343 S VERNON AVE
01/07/2011	Dog feces in yard	6425 S FAIRFIELD AVE
01/08/2011	Dog feces in yard	1723 W 33RD PL
01/08/2011	Dog feces in yard	1716 N WINCHESTER AVE
01/10/2011	Dog feces in yard	7831 S RHODES AVE
01/11/2011	Dog feces in yard	1130 N MASON AVE
01/13/2011	Dog feces in yard	1111 N WELLS ST
01/14/2011	Dog feces in yard	8507 S THROOP ST

But wait… there’s more! (Scroll to the end for a map.)

Continue reading ‘Hundreds and hundreds of complaints about poo’

08
Sep
11

Poo alley returns with a vengeance!

The area we once termed Poo Alleythe stretch of Dearborn Street south of Cottontail Park providing access to the service and parking entrance at Dearborn Tower – has recently been relatively quiescent, a poor destination for dog poo sightseeing.

Today, Poo Alley returns with a vengeance!

The image has been pixelated for sensitive eyes.

We hope this is not a harbinger of things to come!

24
Aug
11

poo crisis? what poo crisis?

Recently we passed by Sky55, site of the infamous poo crisis of May 2011.

What poo crisis?

No, there was no poo everywhere. We didn’t have to scrape our shoes after walking by the entrance.  It didn’t smell bad.

But there are some large planters outside.  And it does seem that Frou-frou and her pals are being lifted up or leaping into them so that they can go poo.

But that’s all we could find.

Maybe direct action neighbor-to-neighbor has taken its course.  Good to see – and a reminder perhaps that it doesn’t take a lot to create a crisis, nor to alleviate one.

Is it premature to congratulate the residents of 1255 S. Michigan?

22
Aug
11

a masterpiece

?

the girl and the dog they were fine

until they left a doody, that’s a crime!

?

Dog Doogity deserves its own post:

20
Aug
11

now, this is a dog toilet

Turns out there’s a nice dog toilet in our corner of the South Loop, located in the alley just behind 1720 S. Michigan.

Our guess? Fido and his pal walk out the back door of  the building into the alley every morning in order to leave a nice big poo. What’s interesting for us is that these look like they are all poos from the same dog.  This is not a community toilet. This is Fido’s private place. We’ve seen it before.

Here’s a week’s worth of poos in various states of decay (count ‘em all):

Look out for Fido here:

18
Aug
11

The excellent characteristics of dog poop bags

 

Have you been worn out of one’s canine helping himself throughout the spot?  

Indeed!

Internet content slave branmil93 has generated a beautifully butchered essay on poo bags:

Have you been worn out of one’s canine helping himself throughout the spot? Will you be tired of stepping on canine waste when you walk around your house or compound? Do you think you’re exhausted of having dog poop in your way while you have on your good highly-priced sneakers? Perfectly there is an answer to this difficulty which is by investing in dog poop bags.

These bags are a revolution for dog entrepreneurs that have stubborn dogs that don’t poop in the right put. These bags are superb and fit your every single day desires. That you are in a position effortlessly do waste management.

Stubborn dogs that don’t poop in the right put.

This is awesome.  More over the fold –

Continue reading ‘The excellent characteristics of dog poop bags’

06
Jul
11

Poo coward fined £770

The city takes action… in Leeds, UK.

So what did it take?

Peter Haddington of Prospect Place, Bradford was reported to Leeds City Council’s dog warden service after three witnesses saw him fail to pick up after his dog, on a two separate occasions in Calverley Park, in January and February this year.

He’ll have to pay “a £100 fine, an additional £655.25 in costs plus a £15 victim surcharge“.

Victim surcharge“??

For you Americans, £770 is about $1245 US dollars.  

Yes, that’s a lot!

04
Jul
11

it happens everywhere

In San Francisco, CA, “Bernalwood Resident Besieged By Rogue Dog Poop Issues Emergency SOS

02
Jul
11

iScoopy Pal

Looks like Poopsta has a run for its money!  Check out these stylishly decorated poop containers for the modern urban girl with fashion sense!   More of teh Awesome.

This seems to be a thoughtfully designed device (and I don’t mean just the Eiffel Towers!).  Some of the design goals:

  • Eliminates Feel – iScoopy Pal™ isolates the hand from contact with dog poop. It exemplifies a light, flexible, ergonomic design customized for the human hand yet sturdy enough for scooping dog waste for Zero touch.
  • Alleviates Sight – Minimizes sight during and after scooping by completely enclosing the dog waste. By providing a visual barrier between the dog owner and the waste, iScoopy Pal™ eases an unpleasant responsibility.
  • Manages Smell – Odors stemming from dog excrements are generally unbearable. iScoopy Pal™ offers several natural fragranced scents to mask these odors.
  • Enables Effective Scoop – An ergonomic design that eliminates feel, alleviates sight, and manages smell enabling the owner to effectively remove dog poop using a single scooping motion for zero mess.

Here’s the video:  

Perfect for the up-and-coming, modern, and stylish South Loop of Chicago!

30
Jun
11

poo?

You do find your poo in the funniest places.

This one was on the ledge a few days after gravel was delivered to Grant Bark Park.

28
Jun
11

Don’t be Bob!

More from our friends at Snohomish County, WA.

We hear that they have some good ‘shrooms out there.  How else to explain some of their creativity?

Like this:

26
Jun
11

picking up poop as a moral issue?

A couple of discussions of poop as a moral issue.  OMFG.

We asked recently WWJD (What Would Jesus Do?), and concluded based on the tweets of some of His followers, the He would probably not pick up His Dog’s poo.

Today, we ask, WWARD (What Would Ayn Rand Do)?

This question is considered by {dan-oliver} in “Atlas Shrugged (While Walking His Dog)“. He asks –

Is it immoral to neglect picking up after your pooch?

He notes “Because I am responsible for the actions of my dog, then I am also responsible for its bodily functions, as this is in itself an action, albeit a fairly routine one.”  Indeed.  But I have to admit getting lost with the somewhat forced connections made in the following discussion:

When one doesn’t pick up after their own, there is less incentive for the next person to do so. Atlas Shrugged is a compelling example of what happens to society when, due to indifference and decreased incentive, it’s most productive members stop producing. What would happen if we stopped the motor of the clean-up-after-your-dog world?

Ouch.  The ‘motor of the clean-up-after-your-dog-world‘!?!?!  Where are we going with this?  Have we really addressed what, exactly, the Objectivist take on dog poop might be?

I’m not so sure.

A link in that post leads to another “5 Situations Where It’s Morally OK” to leave dog poop behind.

Morally OK‘, indeed.  Read them for yourselves.

Framing the issue as “Dog poop crimes“, as one considered a ‘Moral‘ question,  as one where a person can feel ‘Morally Justified‘, or not…  Does this have any value for taking action in our community?  Or is it simply the relic of a very old, very stale world of ‘BAD’ and ‘GOOD’?

24
Jun
11

Ah, public toilets for dogs!

Or, as they would say in Pune, India, “Loos for Pets”.

So, is this an idea that will go over in the South Loop?

Dog toilet design
A urine block is made using rough soil and fine sand. For dog excreta, special chambers covered with mesh that will be easy to use are planned. “We need to avoid unwanted use for any other purpose. We also want to avoid dog fights inside the toilet compound area, as some dogs can be quite aggressive,” Gore said. “The importance of these toilets shall be described to citizens. Training certain dogs to make use of these places is another task we wish to begin.”

Indeed!  This is really a lovely idea…

And it seems to be a serious proposal!

“The authorities are thinking about it,” said Gore. With 4,000 registered dog lovers facing problems of health and hygiene, the initiative has been welcomed. Gore’s plan is to begin with a ward at Nigdi Pradhikaran or Chinchwad station first. Each pet toilet is estimated to cost Rs 50,000 and, according to the proposal, at least 12 to 15 shall be installed at various spots.

To lift the picture and caption illustrating the article – Are they toilet trained? 

22
Jun
11

More Poop in the South Loop

Somebody likes to poop in the same place over and over again:

21
Jun
11

Doggie Doo – The Family Game!

Yes, great news!  Takkie Kakkie comes to the US…  finally!  We ran into this game earlier in our post “Funny Action Against Heap“.  Now, we can all buy one for ourselves!

What is Doggie Doo?  It’s “the Original Dog that Goes Doo!” This is truly awesome. Kids, feed your pup some treats… and out comes his poo!  It’s fun for the whole family.

And, apparently, the game is taking the world by storm – they say you can buy Doggie Doo at Walmart, Target, and ToysRUs! The game has 90% Five Star reviews at Amazon.com… “Pooping puppy hilarious!“, “The game was a hit in Europe“, “I’m 52 and I love this game!“, “This is a dog lover’s best friend“.

Awesome!

This video is insane:

But, it may be a way of the future for addressing urban dog poop! 

Let’s do it guys – Doggie Do’s for everybody!

20
Jun
11

a smattering of poos

A correspondent provides this image of a smattering of poos at a local ‘Dog Poo Friendly Area‘:

We count eleven (11) poos in there!   From dogs of all sizes!