Archive for the 'Dogs' Category

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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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’

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

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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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.

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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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!!"

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: 

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!

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.

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:

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

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!

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.

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! 

19
Jun
11

a huge pile of faeces in a snow globe

The story from Vienna, Austria has an intriguing headline:  Vienna Stuck In Dog Poo Debate

One blogger said she assumed the posters were showing chocolate cupcakes when she first noticed them before realising what the idea behind the campaign might be.

Looks like a serious campaign though – quoting from the article “Around 2,800 dispensers providing free plastic bags have been set up across the city in the past months.”  That’s a serious effort.

Anyone wonder if Chicago is up to matching Vienna?

17
Jun
11

poopbags.com

Y’all should check out the very active Facebook page for poopbags.com. Lots of posts extolling the stories, the virtues, and the triumphs of green poop bags!

Our mission is to provide a Green-N-Easy way to help save the Earth, one poop at a time!

They hold occasional contests, too! You can vote for the best funny ad for Poopbags.com for one more day!

(We’ve highlighted their blog The Load Down before.

And According to Gus gives them a big thumbs up!)

30
May
11

wwjd?

http://twitter.com/#!/QueenB_SODMG/status/74995376976961536

Can we conclude that Jesus Himself would never pick up His Dog’s poop?

27
Apr
11

Fresh Wet Ones

Little Johnny is so proud to have left these  big fresh wet ones at the park!

He hopes that Mommy will pick them up later, but he wants us to enjoy them first!

Thanks Little Johnny!  Thanks Ruff! 


04
Mar
11

Seattle dog-scoop law enforcement

??This is interesting in light of our recent post about enforcement of the Chicago ‘excrement’ ordinance.

From the Seattle Times: “Dog owner says rules about droppings stink“. A fellow was walking his dog off leash, he was accosted by ‘humane law-enforcement officers’, and he was given a ticket.

For being off-leash.

And, for not carrying a scoop!

Seattle Municipal Code 18.12.080 about dogs in parks:

Any person with a dog or other pet in his or her possession or under his or her control in any park shall be responsible and liable for the conduct of the animal, shall carry equipment for removing feces, and shall place feces deposited by such animal in an appropriate receptacle.

The fellow’s response is interesting –

According to Guiling’s version of events, although he wasn’t carrying a plastic bag to pick up Amy’s poop, what he did was walk to a nearby garbage can, find an empty plastic bag and use that.

Guiling drove to the animal-control offices and talked to Don Baxter, the enforcement supervisor, about what exactly would constitute a poop scoop.

“My point was that there is no definition,” Guiling said. “It could be the hat on your head, it could be your hand. For $54, I’d take off my shirt and use it.”

We wonder how real this is – do people often ‘go to the garbage can’ and ‘find an empty bag’?  Seems unlikely, but then again, it’s a big world out there.

Continue reading ‘Seattle dog-scoop law enforcement’

01
Mar
11

Curb your beast

As you know, the Chicago Park District recommends that you use a 50 pound link chain to control your dog as it enjoys sniffing at the flowers in the park:

Curb Your Dog Sign

The Chicago Park District also recommends a 50 pound link chain be used at the local off-leash dog park (or Dog ‘Friendly’ Area):

(We doubt that most experts agree with this last recommendation!)

We’ve been wondering where the bureaucrats at the CPD came up with this idea, but thanks to the Internets we think we’ve found it!

Continue reading ‘Curb your beast’

27
Feb
11

Chicago’s “excrement” ordinance – What’s really going on?

Courtesy of Dana Weems, a writer for ChicagoTalks.org, South Poop has received a copy of a City of Chicago FOIA request that lists the citations for the last three years under the City’s Removal of Excrement ordinance 7-12-420.

You recall the text of the ordinance:

“No person shall appear with a pet upon the public ways or within public places or upon the property of another, absent that person’s consent, without some means for the removal of excrement; nor shall any person fail to remove any excrement deposited by such pet.”

It’s a lovely ordinance, really: Carry a bag and pick it up.

And for that you avoid the fine of “not less than $50.00 nor more than $500.00 for each offense”.

So, the question that Dana raised (one that we’ve also raised), is how much action does this ordinance get? How many poo cowards are being dragged down to Municipal Court by the scruff of their necks each year in order to pay their $50.00?

We were thrilled when we read in Dana’s article that there were a significant number of citations under the ordinance each year. If each year thirty or sixty people are being fined for walking away from a pile of poo, that’s probably thirty or sixty who are going to have to acquire a bit of poo backbone, even if it needed to be stiffened by the Man.

But who was being caught? And where?

With the data in hand, we can take a careful look –

Continue reading ‘Chicago’s “excrement” ordinance – What’s really going on?’

21
Feb
11

That’s a lot!

Another poster from our friends in Snohomish Co., WA!

19
Feb
11

Cottontail Park poo graffiti!

Well, someone has finally had enough of all of the orphan poos in Cottontail Park.

Me too!

06
Feb
11

How did this get there?

Some wag left a nice poo sitting on top of a recycling container at the Field north of 18th St:

Funny, funny stuff!

11
Jan
11

Dog Poop Song

Oh boy. A song about not wanting to pick up dog poop.

Lyrics:

I don’t wanna pick up my dogs poop.
It’s free fertilizer and you know it’s true.

Nobody’s looking, sometimes i’ll just leave it there.
As long as you don’t step in it you shouldn’t care.

And I know I know I know it’s wrong.
But before anyone sees me I’ll be long gone.

And I know I know I know it’s rude.
But the spiders and the earthworms call it food.

The other day, a lady, she yelled at me.
She said ‘this is not a place for dogs to pee!’

I said that’s funny cause it looks like grass.
Should be thankful that he peed and that he’s just got gas.

Yes I know I know I know it’s wrong.
But before anyone sees me I’ll be long gone.

And I know I know I know it’s rude.
But the spiders and the earthworms call it food.

I don’t wanna pick up my dog’s caca.
If you don’t like my song I don’t give a faca.

Nope.  A hipster with a ukelele doesn’t make it hip.


07
Jan
11

Poop Noir

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Another ‘good one’ from our friends at the Snohomish Co, WA Dept. of Public Works, Surface Water Management Division.

Click on the image for a full-size copy of the poster.

05
Jan
11

Coliseum Park DPFA covered in poo and trash

Wow. Happy New Year to you too!

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04
Jan
11

Your dog has pooped. Now what?

We were alerted by JohannTheDog to an awesome post at All Over AlbanyIt’s Winter. Your dog has pooped. What now?

Well, we’ve thought a lot about this issue. And we finally came to the conclusion that winter somehow impairs the ability of some people to make good decisions about whether they should pick up their dog’s poop.

What a beautiful flowchart to help you make your decision!

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It’s nice that you are provided with many options, including ‘Think of the Karma’ and ‘Wow, you really are a jerk!’.

It’s also nice that a PDF version is provided for easy printing. Let’s see some of these printed, laminated, and posted on the fences of the South Loop in coming months!

And, check out the comments.

DJdubJay – And hey… guy with two large dogs who just moved to the 100 block of Lancaster, can we talk for a minute? … Since you moved here, the ratio of “clean” sidewalk to steaming piles and grainy smears has rapidly been approaching an awful kind of fecal singularity.

Awesome!

Gretchen – As the owner of a puppy who loves “poopsicles,” I hate these people. Even good dog owners have had to leave a poop behind on rare occasions due to running out of bags, but, while I’m certainly not an expert in poop identification, I see what looks like evidence of repeat offenders on our regular route. It should be legal to pelt these people with snowballs.

Poopsicles!

Jen – @Rebecca is absolutely right that feeding a good diet is crucial. It really is terrible when you are walking a dog who poops four times during the walk, with each one getting progressively more pudding-like and hard to clean up. Good quality food makes for healthy poops that are easy to pick up!

Pudding-like!

Thanks AOA!

03
Jan
11

How many poos per day?

Some recent information made available on the web prompts a question that we really need to get a handle on.

How many poos per day in the South Loop?

And where do those poos end up?

A recent article in the Chicago Journal provided an estimate of “around 2500 dog owners” in the South Loop. There was no explanation of how this number was arrived at, but let’s imagine that it’s in the ballpark.

How many dogs is that? Let’s suppose the average number of dogs/household is 1.5. So: 3750 dogs in the South Loop. It’s a guess, but let’s go with it.

3750 dogs are each going to poo once or twice a day. Let’s say the average is 1.5 poos/dog. So we arrive at our answer: 5625 dog poos/day in the South Loop. Again, it’s a guess, but let’s go with it.

That’s a lot of poos!

(The South Loop from Congress to 18th or so is only about 0.625 square miles, but most of that area is built up… we’ll address ‘poo density’ in a later post.)

Now, the South Loop Dog PAC reported on their blog recently that they provide about 22,000 dog waste bags each year at the South Loop dog parks.

As they calculate it, that’s “61 poos picked up for less than two dollars a day”.

Hmmm…. 61 ÷ 5625 is about 1% of the dog poo in the South Loop. Good on ya SLDogPAC, but there’s still the 99% to worry about!

By the way, if we take the SLDogPAC’s estimate of $0.032/bag, that means that if each dog-owning resident of the South Loop were given a bag to pick up their dog’s poo, it would cost $180/day.

Interesting.

20
Dec
10

Imagine the headlines!

So, this poor lady lets her dog poo in the park, she walks away, and she gets fined for it.

And it’s written up in the local paper!

Woman fined after letting dog foul Chorley park

A DOG owner who let her pet foul in Cuerden Valley Country Park and made no attempt to clear up the mess has been fined £50.

Kelly Haydon, 20, of Laburnum Avenue, Lostock Hall, pleaded guilty to letting the dog foul the land after originally appealing a fixed penalty notice issued by Chorley Council.

Magistrates heard that Haydon was walking her brown springer spaniel dog with another lady in August this year when the dog, which was off the lead, fouled in the park.

A Chorley Council Neighbourhood Officer on patrol witnessed the incident and saw that neither woman made an attempt to clean up the mess.

He identified the owner of the dog and issued her with a £50 fixed penalty notice

When was the last time a dog poo fine has been written up in the Chicago Journal or the Chicago Tribune?  In fact, when was the last time anyone has been fined under Chicago Municipal Code 7-12-420  “Removal of excrement”?

We don’t know, but would love to find out.

Seems like it might even rival ‘Man bites Dog’.

Imagine the headlines!

18
Dec
10

More creativity from Snohomish Co.

WTF?

More “creativity” from our friends in Snohomish County, WA:

Click on the image and look closely!

16
Dec
10

‘grate’ your dog

‘Curb your dog’?  No, way!

A lot of people in the South Loop prefer to ‘grate‘ their dogs!

A sidewalk tree grate provides a great place for your dog poo.

11
Dec
10

dogs can’t flush

09
Dec
10

same dog / different dog ?

Here’s a quiz! These three poos showed up on the snow over the last few days.  They’re only a few yards from each other.

Poo #1:

Poo #2:

Poo #3:

QUIZ:  Are these poos all from the SAME dog or are these poos from DIFFERENT dogs?

Continue reading ‘same dog / different dog ?’

08
Dec
10

undercover pooper snoopers

More innovation from England:

A hit squad of “pooper snoopers” is targeting dog walkers who fail to clean up after their pets. The 20-strong team of plain clothes wardens prowl north London’s streets and parks late at night ready to impose £80 on-the-spot fines.

Pooper ‘snooper‘.  Get it?

So these are not informational uniformed patrolsthese are ‘plain clothes’ undercover cops wandering the dog poo hot spots watching for the bad guys.  It would be interesting to see how this goes – I don’t see any statistics online yet (miscreants caught/fined; incidents of orphan poo/month; etc, etc!).

Turns out there’s an Act for that – under The Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996, it is illegal to allow your dog to foul any footpath, park, play area, grass verge or local green amenity without cleaning it up. Dog wardens have the legal authority to approach someone suspected of this offence and bring a prosecution against them.

Chicago has a law, too.  Chicago Municipal Code Chapter 7-12-420 Removal of excrement.

No person shall appear with a pet upon the public ways or within public places or upon the property of another, absent that person’s consent, without some means for the removal of excrement; nor shall any person fail to remove any excrement deposited by such pet. This section shall not apply to a blind person while walking his or her guide dog.

What’s particularly interesting is that it’s illegal in Chicago to walk your dog without bringing along a dog poo bag (or scooper, or whatever)!

‘Hey, gotta bag’?

01
Dec
10

first winter poo of the season!

Here it is:

There were a couple of these – looked like all from the same dog – on this patch of grass.

A harbinger of things to come? It’s going to be a bad winter

28
Nov
10

it’s just an alley

it’s just an alley

we can leave our poo here

nobody cares

find the five (5) poos in this picture

Continue reading ‘it’s just an alley’

18
Nov
10

Pick Up Poo (PUP)

We’ll be following this idea as it develops:

A TEAM of dog poo police could soon be patrolling the streets of Yatton in a bid to crackdown on irresponsible owners who don’t pick up after their animals.

Volunteers will walk around hot spot areas of the village, in a bid to raise awareness about dog fouling, hand out poo bags and talk to dog owners who persistently offend.

They would also wear armbands to identify themselves as being part of the scheme.

The pilot scheme, called Pick Up Poo (Pup), is being set up by members of Yatton Pact, to tackle the national problem at a local level.

It sounds like it’s not off the ground yet:

Yatton Pact is putting together a grant application to Yatton Parish Council to fund the design and purchase of armbands, poo bags and for the printing of leaflets.

Here’s a measure of the scope of the problem:

One check of the Strawberry Line route revealed 91 separate incidents of dog fouling within a 300 metre stretch.

That’s one poo every 3.2 meters, or one poo/10 feet.  That’s a lot!

(The Strawberry Line is a converted rail line biking & walking path that leads south out of Yatton.)

This sounds like something that only the English (Keep Britain Tidy!) could come up with.

How about it?

PUP patrollers wearing South Poop armbands roaming the South Loop city streets?

15
Nov
10

pedestrian poop on polk

a teacupper’s little pile of poop on polk st today –

05
Nov
10

the new twitter integration – here’s our friends sldogpac!

04
Nov
10

happy thursday, a dozen poos!

It was a bad, big dog poo day at the field at 18th and Wentworth.
Lots of fresh big dog poos, some probably from this morning, some from last night, a couple of well aged poos, too.
There you go, I could only fit about 3 in each bag!
Thanks big dogs, running free and leaving us these awesome presents…  oh yeah, there was one little dog there, too!
Your humans suck.
31
Oct
10

the magical wonder of halloween

OMFG what is this… a giant poo appears mysteriously from the dark.  the magic of it all!

and only three feet away – what could it be – the scary secret ‘bag dispenser’.

what a wonder to leave this behind for us!

thanks to you – my Little Poo Goblins!

25
Oct
10

more poop on the big field

More poop on the field north of 18th st:

See, it just hides in the grass… and nobody will notice!  Hee hee hee!

  • We’re getting reports from the poo fairies that they’re picking up 5-6 orphan poos from this field every time they are there.
10
Oct
10

A poo for the Marathon

Half a block from the Chicago Marathon a well-worn poo awaits your colorful running shoes.

07
Oct
10

Teacuppers redux

A teacupper enjoyed her day at the park. Ahhhhh!

27
Sep
10

giant poo. empty dispenser. it “could” be coincidence.

This morning at Grant Bark Park a huge poo was left on the asphalt near the north entrance.  This is very unusual.  Sure, we’ve reported on poos at GBP before – but typically those are found in the large pea gravel area next to the tracks. To see something this massive out in the open, and on the hard surface of the park… very odd.

The poo bag dispenser at the park was empty, too.  It “could” just be coincidence.

Continue reading ‘giant poo. empty dispenser. it “could” be coincidence.’

25
Sep
10

poo battle in Naperville

Lady got pissed about stepping in teh pooh in front of her neighbor’s house…

A suburban Chicago woman is accused of tossing dog feces at her neighbor’s door after stepping into droppings left outside her apartment.

Police in Naperville say Susan M. Miller appears to have retaliated by heaving the feces at the door of her neighbor who owns a dog. Miller, 43, a tax accountant, was charged with disorderly conduct after Wednesday’s alleged protest.

She denied the charges Friday, but admitted she did get upset with the neighbor and hung bags used by residents to pick up their dogs’ waste on shrubbery near the woman’s door. (AP)

pooptoss!

woman goes on binge!

chi-ap-il-puppypoopmeltdown!!

dog-gets-woman’s-goat-in-‘puppy-poop’-case!!!

naperville-woman-steps-in-dog-poop-loses-her-mind!!!!

Ms. Miller was also interviewed on WGN-TV.