Archive Page 2

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! 

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!)

15
Jun
11

What more can you say about nuclear poo?

 

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?

26
May
11

Poo crisis

http://twitter.com/#!/MissYouPluto/status/73552616994521088

12
May
11

Your Dog

Photo 13

Thank you, Pastor Grandberry!

29
Apr
11

Sprinkle Brigade

Those New York City Artists are at it again! 

  • If you enjoy dog poo as the decorative arts!
  • If you enjoy the post-modern yet not-so-serious whimsy of the modern starving artist!
  • If you want to really take ART back to the streets!
  • If you enjoy your dog poo contextualized within the representational space of the New York artistic elite!

Then : : : SPRINKLE BRIGADE : : : is the place for you!

Over the fold to check out some of their awesome ‘pieces’!

Continue reading ‘Sprinkle Brigade’

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! 


12
Apr
11

Best wishes to the Royal Couple

Finally!  A nicely decorated Poopsta. Works great!

07
Apr
11

Poo droplets

A teacupper’s present for April, “poo droplets” in the lawn:

Droplets

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?’

25
Feb
11

The Load Down

Chicago’s own PoopBags.com has a blog, The Load Down.

Check it out!

24
Feb
11

Artist starts campaign in New York City!

So, this is some cool direct action – an artist, Jay Shells, who’s made a reputation for producing etiquette graphics in the NYC subway system is putting up hand-drawn posters about cleaning up poo!

It’s an interesting approach – the posters are being put up on temporary construction walls, and he screws a dog bag dispenser into the sign.

This is an awesome idea!

Washington Heights Poster Reminds Dog Owners to Clean Up After Their Pets:

Artist Jay Shells, maybe better known as the man behind the ‘subway etiquette’ project, has undertaken a new campaign targeting dog poop, installing large, colorful, hand-painted posters street side, reminding people to “clean up after your dog”

Continue reading ‘Artist starts campaign in New York City!’

22
Feb
11

Users of the 18th St. field don’t read South Poop!

A correspondent reported last Friday that she found 48 poos on the field north of 18th St. We’ve commented on the field before – it’s a wonderful resource for people with dogs in the area that’s going to disappear someday, perhaps sooner rather than later if the poo problem gets out of hand!

What can we do about it? We have a bunch of ideas:

a) Flag the poos. Why? Two reasons – 1st: to bring attention to the number of poos left behind – You can walk away, but there they are, all your poos! And 2nd: to alert other users of the field, soccer players, football throwers, frisbee tossers, and dog owners, that it’s a mess out there.

b) Wildcat a banner. Something like ‘Pick up your freaking poo! Sponsored by South Poop.‘. Why? 1st: To get it in their face. Your poo cowardice is an anonymous act, but people do notice what you’re doing. And 2nd: Perhaps we could raise awareness of  South Poop. Whether a banner would last (recall the ‘Poo Bandits’ sign at Polk St. last year) is another question, but we’re willing to give it a try.

c) Request additional trash bins. Why? So that there’s a convenient place to leave a bag. The 2-3 bins near the entrance are a long walk from where Fido goes poop. Let’s make it more convenient. To do this, we’ll need to contact the Alderman and/or the Chicago Park District. The park is in the 25th Ward, currently represented by Daniel Solis.

d) Request a poo bag dispenser. Perhaps the South Loop Dog PAC could coordinate this (as they did in the off-leash dog areas)? Why? 1st: To make it clear to dog owners that the community expects you to pick up after your pup. And 2nd: to make it easy for people to reach for a bag, without excuses. To do this, too, we’ll need to contact the Alderman and the CPD. And we’d have to come up with an arrangement to keep the bag dispenser filled.

e) Stake out the field. There’s ample parking north of the field – sit and watch!  Why? So that we can run yelling after poo cowards proffering them a fresh bag! But really, does anyone want to volunteer for that??

We haven’t implemented these ideas yet and some of them would cost money. Not a lot, but it would be interesting to see if there’s community support in the way of $$ contributions to make these things happen.

So, what to do?

21
Feb
11

That’s a lot!

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

20
Feb
11

“South Loop Residents Say Enough!” at Chicagotalks.org

In case you haven’t seen it yet, here’s a nice article at ChicagoTalks.org:

South Loop Residents Say Enough With the Dog Poop | Chicagotalks.

There’s some useful perspective in the article, but what struck us as particularly interesting is that each of the people interviewed picks up other people’s dog poo!

John Simeone takes his Hound mixed, Maverick, to the unofficial dog park next to their apartment on State and Harrison streets every day. He picks up after other dogs, as well. He said as dog owners, people need to start taking responsibility.

“I’ve never actually seen anyone not pick it up, but I’ve actually picked up other people’s stuff because when I’m down getting [Bolu’s], I’m like, oh well,” said Jessica Hitch.

She said even though it keeps the peace, and it’s the right thing to do, she’s tired of picking up other dog’s messes. “I go to the extra mile, and I pick up what we call ‘orphan poos,’” said Focia.

These are the good guys! Thanks John, Jessica & Pamela!

 

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.


10
Jan
11

“Funny action against heap”

Funny action against heap” – that’s the Google Translation of  “Lustige Aktion gegen Häufchen“, the title of this YouTube video.

Kackel helps dachshund – Funny action against heap

Thanks to Google Translate for this:

What man is fun, he does like too. The action saubergemacht@maintal.de took up this theme. The volunteers were given the children’s game “Kackel dachshund” as a thank you for their commitment.

Thus, the tedious collection of the heap was turned into a fun action. 65 Maintaler therefore helped with the first day and gained 3 kg dog pile.

The game “Kackel dachshund” sets an example and shows how to deal with the pile of dog – because winning is who is the first to fully dog pile of a shovel.

Taboos such as animal faeces fascinate children, and that is used for the funny Goliath thrill of his game: The cube in turn decide whether to feed the hungry, the players Kackel dachshund for a walk or go to.

Then hopefully the unspeakable happened!

Might work for younger kids.

Somehow I don’t think that the teenagers are going to go for this!

Here’s the announcement (again, thx to Google Translate):

On Tuesday 14 September is the opening event on the campaign “saubergemacht@maintal.de” on the Main Dörnigheim meadows in Maine, level of Mühlheimer ferry instead. The supporters of the initiative do sensiblisieren Maintaler the citizens, especially all dog owners and dog-holder, to the problem of dog waste on playgrounds and Gewegen, in parks and public green spaces. By participating, can win in the opening event of something: The Family Game “Kackel dachshund” Goliath of the games publisher, which addresses a funny way, the problem with dog waste.

Location: Maine
Homepage: http://www.maintal.de

Insane as this is, I think it’s is a good project!

& what a great phrase!  Maybe we’ll can use it as a slogan: ‘South Poop – Funny action against heap!’

08
Jan
11

Poo-haha

An interesting headline from Upper Providence Township, PA:

Dog Park Closure Causes Poo-haha

The subhead? Closing of dog park causes big stink.

The interesting part is this claim:

Officials said that there was so much poop in the park that lawn mowers contracted by the township refused to go in after it clogged their machines and sprayed excrement up the drivers’ backs.

… it clogged their machines and sprayed excrement up the drivers’ backs !!!

But there’s enough information in the (short) article to get some sense of the failure of policy – not enough trash containers at Reynolds Dog Park, and those that were available weren’t emptied frequently.

Still, you gotta wonder what people were doing to cause poo to ‘clog up the machines‘!

The park has a Facebook page.  Check it out.

 

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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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pow!
IMG_0801.jpg Continue reading ‘Coliseum Park DPFA covered in poo and trash’

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!

pick_up_dog_poop_flow_chart.png

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.

14
Dec
10

A friend of South Poop on Facebook

First, let’s look at some numbers.

According to its Press Statistics page, Facebook has 500 Million Active Users

250 Million of them log in on any given day.

According to the AVMA, 37.2 % of Households in the US have dogs.

(That’s 43 Million dog owning households with 72 Million dogs!)

Wordwide, let’s say the percentage is less, how about 30%?   And let’s make up that there are 2.5 Facebook users per household.

That means that there should be 200 Million Facebook “Households” worldwide.

And there should be 60 Million Dog Owning Facebook Households – worldwide!  Let’s hope that at least one member of each household picks up their dog’s poo!


So how come the Facebook page “I love dogs and care enough to pick up my dog’s poop.” has only 16 Likes??

That means that there are 59,999,984 missing ‘Likes‘!

Or, more accurately, if 75% of the population (using US statistics) is classified as ‘Urban’ (who cares where Fido goes on the farm), then Forty Four  Million Nine Hundred Ninety Nine Thousand Nine Hundred Eighty Eight additional people should be ‘Liking‘ this page!

From their description:

Calling all dog lovers! This page is a simple public declaration that DOG OWNERS DO CARE enough to pick up poop.

One simple click on ‘Like’ is all it will take!

Give it some love – if you’re on Facebook, take a look at the page, and Like!

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.

23
Sep
10

The Daily Dog Poop

Want to keep up with DDPs from around the country?

Now there’s another ally in the good fight – the Daily Dog Poop:

I am raising poop awareness: reminding owners to pick up the poo and speak up to those that don’t. I stand for cleaner beaches, safer parks and poo free shoes.

They’ve got a Facebook page, too.

And, if you send your pics in, they’ll post them as a DDP – here’s ‘I poop alone:

23
Sep
10

There’s no Poo Fairy?

Bummer.

17
Sep
10

Pickin’ up the poo… on YouTube!

We were wondering whether there would be any ‘how to’ videos on YouTube… so we searched ‘how to pick up dog poop’… and, hey, there are a bunch!

Are they any good?

Let’s see…

The first one starts out out of focus… that doesn’t bode well… and the dispenser is empty!  And it stays out of focus, even as our narrator ruminates about how we should be dropping poop into “big holes in the ground“.  But at least you get to see the DogiPot diagram.  Oh well.  Not much here.

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This one’s a special treat.  A vet’s ‘clinical‘ take on picking up poop… you gotta love the ‘technical language’, and don’t forget your stethoscope! But, ha ha ha!  How about carrying around a box of rubber gloves so you’re always ready to pick up the poo!?!  An ‘academic exercise’, perhaps, but probably not relevant to the ‘man on the street’.

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Continue reading ‘Pickin’ up the poo… on YouTube!’

15
Sep
10

do we have a theme song?

Who knew that Barbie would be the one to come up with it ?!?

What will he do?

Number one or number two??

Crazy cute! cute!! cute!!!

What will it be!

Uh, puppy poo or puppy pee!

It’s catchy – everybody! Sing along!

And – get the kids to sing along, too!

 

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Continue reading ‘do we have a theme song?’

14
Sep
10

“don’t be a poo bandit!”

A friend from the South Loop Dog PAC forwarded these pictures of signs that went up in the small green area near Polk & Dearborn last week.  (They are now gone).

I like ’em – nice approach by someone who’s willing to take some action.


This particular patch has been a focal point of ‘poo conflict‘ for a number of years – it seems to serve as the ‘green patch’ for dog owners in the Printer’s Row area who amble down Dearborn, leave their present, and stroll back home to their loft like nobody cares.

Maybe we could make smaller weatherproof versions of signs like this to post (perhaps a little more discretely) in the problem areas in the neighborhood?

13
Sep
10

more poo on State St.

ugh, more poo on State St.

nestled in the forest greens and dusty browns and urban bits & pieces

it does make a pretty picture…

but they shoulda used a poopsta!

13
Sep
10

The Poopsta!

A lot of people are uncomfortable with the ‘hand in the bag‘ method (or, more concretely, the ‘hand on the poop‘ method…). But, now there’s something different to consider, and you might want to take a look – it’s the new Poopsta.

This is a goofy device if I ever saw one… but if it helps people deal with picking up and carrying the poo, that’s great! And all y’all who live in the US, don’t worry – you can get one too!

The Poopsta can be ordered from Poopsta.com for only $29.95 (+ $9.95 Postage & Packing), shipped straight from the UK!

We’d love to see a couple of these popping up around the South Loop!

 

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But I gotta say, that grey cylinder sure looks boring.  Here’s an idea – paint your Poopsta!  or add some decals on your Poopsta to make picking up poop FUN!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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There are a bunch of videos on the website.  Check ’em out!

20
Aug
10

Poop along 14th and Plymouth Court

Speak of the devil!

Just after posting about ‘Old Reliable’ today, a reader sent in a slew of pics taken during her walk around Dearborn Park II this morning.

OMFG! Are you kidding me? This is the same neighborhood.  Here’s the map:

(Yes, the photos were geo-tagged…)

That’s five (5) huge Poos in the Parkway!

1…

Continue reading ‘Poop along 14th and Plymouth Court’

20
Aug
10

old reliable

1401 S. State is a pet friendly rental building that has something of a reputation as a nexus of poo.

There’s a tiny dog run near the L tracks,  and there are some nice gravel areas helpfully provided to leave behind your poo.  You can always count on finding some nice ones there.  Here are a few:

Or, residents can walk their dogs across State street and leave poos along the shady sidewalks of Dearborn Park II.  It’s a lovely place for that.

05
Aug
10

some random poop

#1: A great post yesterday at the fine Pet Connection blog:  Poop parity: Do your share and then some

The best way to prevent transmission for you and your pets is to regularly pick up not only your dog’s feces from your yard, but to pick up piles someone else left at the dog park or in your neighborhood.

Yes, I know it’s disgusting and it’s not fair.

I know you don’t have to do it, and ohmydog what did that dog eat?

It’s a call for Poo Angels, as we know them. Poop parity! There’s an interesting Comments thread, and an important issue is raised:

Can someone answer me this – why is it my gag reflex isn’t triggered by my own dog’s or a friend’s dog’s poop, but a cold, lonely orphan poop sends me into gag hell?

Great question, and a true one – my dog’s poo doesn’t smell! 🙂

#2: Watch out for I Scoop Mad Poop!  Mad Poop showed up with a flurry of tweets last month. They look to be an ally in the good fight.  Keep it up!

#3: By now, most of you have probably heard:  “Dog eats Rockford man’s big toe, saves his life“. Be sure to read the Comments section!  ‘Just some of the “teachable moments” in this story’ Ha ha ha! Awesome!

And why do these morons figure they need to kill their dogs just for chewing off their rotten toes – yes, this has happened before!

17
Jul
10

a teacupper’s present

a little present behind the bus stop.

30
Jun
10

A beautiful new field of grass

A beautiful new field of lush grass has just opened up north of Ping Tom Park!

… and some sad fellow has already started leaving poos for the rest of us to find!

Here you go (at the north edge of the grassy area):

11
Jun
10

Preparations for the Printers Row Lit Fest are underway!

Here’s a nice poo for you!

On Plymouth Ct, behind the porta-potties (oops, missed!), and only about 15 feet from the stage off-camera to the right.

This is truly a nice ‘work’!   Snap!

What’s up with these sidewalk poo-ers?  In populated Printer’s Row, of all places…

08
Jun
10

a nice poo in the setting sun

this one in pleasant repose along 16th st.

points for getting it close to the ‘curb’.


p.s. i’m debating whether to post the pics of poos covered in flies, what with summer coming along…

but, that would be in bad taste, don’t you think?

14
May
10

and bp is leaving the biggest shit of all

Tony Hayward sez:

… the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is relatively tiny compared with that big huge ginormous ocean!


oops!  it was halliburton’s fault…
no! it was transocean’s fault!     hee hee!

05
May
10

A sweet sixteen

Wow, and we thought Coliseum Park DPFA was bad!

That’s sixteen (16) poos in the gravel at Grant Bark Park on one morning.

Yikes.

They do assemble to make a nice ‘art shot’, don’t you think?

21
Apr
10

Composting poop nixed in Chicago

There’s a short article in the Chicagoland Tails magazine this month ‘Planet Poop: Composting your Pet’s Waste‘.  But more interesting is this comment:

I looked into composting dog feces both for my own pooch and for the dog daycare where I work recently. I was told, and confirmed with the city’s Department of Rodent Control, that composting dog feces within Chicago’s city limits is illegal, as it attracts rats.

I wonder if this might be an issue worth revisiting.

17
Apr
10

Light dappled poos

light dappled poos in the ‘parkway’ on Plymouth St –

you could be inspired by these, to write a little poem…

13
Apr
10

“The bulging bag weighed a staggering 13 pounds.”

This is awesome – we hear from the John Kelly’s Washington column at the Washington Post about Wayan Vota and his dog Taxi, fellow orphan poo activists!  His bag of orphan poo was pretty heavy.

Ha ha ha check out the video!

This is similar to what some of our park Poo Angels have reported in Chicago (e.g. at Grant Bark Park), too – when you start picking it all up, you end up with a lot of poo in the bag!  Nobody pays attention to this, of course.  We’ve tried suggesting that they post a record – “bags of orphan poo collected today” – at the entrance to the park.  Maybe we could get a small scale, and make it a game: How big (or tiny) is your pup’s poop?  Who’s got the biggest poo today?

12
Apr
10

a tetrad of poo

at coliseum park DPFA:

from the looks of it, these could easily all be from the same dog.  if so…

one dog owner left these behind.

who?

07
Apr
10

Lucky hides his poo…

Lucky hides his poo… Latet anguis in herba.

06
Apr
10

Curb your ‘Curb Your Dog’

There’s a sign hanging above a streetside garden at Roosevelt and State. What do our neighbors at Dearborn Park mean?

The phrase ‘Curb Your Dog’ originated in the 1930’s in New York City.  Citing (from barrypopik.com) the Chicago Daily Tribune, 4 December 1938, “Mostly About Dogs” by Bob Becker, pg. F10: “Curb Your Dog” Good Advice:

“In New York, truly a doggy city, an ordinance has been passed to make for a cleaner city and at the same time compel the indifferent dog owner to consider public welfare. The ordinance demands that dogs be curbed. There are signs everywhere with the request, “Curb your dog.” It means that owners cannot allow their pets to soil buildings, nor can a dog make a nuisance of himself on the grass of the parkway or on the sidewalk. As a result there are practically no complaints about the dogs soiling sidewalks or grassy places which the public uses.”

That is, ‘Please Curb your Dog’ meant ‘Don’t let your dog do its business on the sidewalk. Let your dog do it in the road’.

Makes sense.

Here’s another sign typical of the Chicago Park District:

Signs like this appear at the entrance to parks, and even have appeared at the entrances to CPD Dog Friendly Areas. What in the world do our helpful and overworked sign makers at the Park District mean?

A dog is sniffing a flower.  The dog will never escape the 10 lb link chain around its neck.

‘Let your dog sniff the flowers’? We need a sign for that?

‘Control your dog with a 10 lb link chain’? Vicious Froufrou might go wild!

Text of a Chicago ‘nuisance’ ordinance fills the bottom of the sign:

“An ordinance prohibits dogs to be permitted to run at large or to commit any nuisance upon any sidewalk, parkway or public park. Ordinance Sec 30-7-2”

‘Don’t poop on the grass’?  Could be… but where is Froufrou going to go?

‘Make your dog poop in the gutter’?  What, in a park??

‘Clean up after your dog’? Well, if you read it into the text… maybe.

It’s not enough to state, ‘well of course they mean…‘ – because there are three or four different meanings of Curb Your Dog in common usage. Using the google, it’s easy to find them.

There’s the original meaning (to cause to keep near the curb: Curb your dog.) – ‘do it in the road’:

Here: There is also the gentle reminder to, “Curb your dog!” meaning “Please have your dog do its business at the side of the road.”

Here: To lead (a dog) off the sidewalk into the gutter so that it can excrete waste.

Here: There are signs everywhere with the request, “Curb your dog.” It means that owners cannot allow their pets to soil buildings, nor can a dog make a nuisance of himself on the grass of the parkway or on the sidewalk.

Here: Existing city law literally prohibits pet owners from permitting dogs to defecate on any public property; however, in the past this law has been interpreted to mean that defecating dogs should be “curbed” – kept off the sidewalk – and even this interpretation has not been rigorously enforced.

Here: It also commands the owner to “curb” his dog, which means that the performance so crucial in the life of every dog owner must take place in the gutter and not on the sidewalk.

Here: Dogs can be trained at an early age to go on the curb, but there is no guarantee that they are always going to make it. More important: forcing a dog off the sidewalk and into oncoming traffic can be very dangerous, needless to say.

There’s a second meaning that’s consistent with common usage of the word ‘curb’ (to control as with a curb; restrain; check) – ‘control your dog’:

Here: The term “Curb Your Dog” basically has two meanings. One meaning is to keep your dog under control and out of trouble … ie; keep your dog leashed and/or confine to your property as to keep them from causing trouble for others.

Here: I asked the John to curb his dog so it didn’t get hurt by the grate or knock me over. John curbed his dog a little but the Jaxon was so anxious that he was uncontrollable.

Here: He has been asked several times to please leash and curb his dog.

There’s a final meaning, this one is a ‘secret code’ – ‘Pick up after your dog’:

Here: It also means to pick up your dog’s poo when they are out of your property … EX: while on walks and/or at the local park you should carry plastic bags and watch for when and where your dog takes a crap and clean it up!

Here: There are several dog owners in our community and several “curb” or clean up after their pets.

Here: I ask her–in a polite tone through the gate, to please curb her dog.  She tells me in such an emphatic tone “I AM picking it up!”.

There are also anomalous meanings – usages that are unclear on any concept – for example:

Here: If “curb your dog” means to prevent your dog from defecating on the sidewalk or grass, then what does “do not curb your dog” mean? Should we force our dogs to defecate on their lawn? (And, while we’re at it, any dogs that wander past while we’re there?) Or is this mysterious sign the work of the Anti-Animal-Constipation League, telling us that it’s allowed (but not required) for our pets to relieve themselves there?

Ha ha ha!  So ‘Curb your dog’ is understood by some to mean: ‘Poo your dog’!

Yikes.

Our guess is that the Dearborn Park I sign means ‘do it in the road, anywhere but here‘, and it seems to be a legitimate request that should be respected.

And our guess is that the Chicago Park District sign, even though it reads ‘no nuisance on any sidewalk, parkway or public park’, means ‘pick up after your dog‘ – clearly, doing it in the road in the park makes no sense.

But these usages raise some questions.  Do we really want dogs to leave their poo at the ‘curb’?  Is dog poo left in the road really going to be OK?  Maybe let the rain wash it away or wait for the street cleaners to come by…?

Most people probably would prefer not to step in poo to get to their car.

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If we are to pick it up, why use what is clearly an ambiguous code for ‘pick up your after your dog’ (e.g. in the parks) instead of something more direct.

Like ‘When your dog poops, pick it up’. Like ‘if you own a dog in the city, you pick up its poo’.

The message of ‘Curb your Dog’ is: We’re afraid of poo. We’re afraid to say poo.

But if we’re ‘afraid of poo’, then the failure to pick up by some dog owners is completely understandable.  They’re not a@*h#les. No, they’re just like us. Afraid and uncomfortable talking about, much less picking up, poo.

One of the arguments of this site is that we can change this.

A first step is to be grown-up about what we’re asking.  Use direct and honest language – and make it clear that if you own dogs in the city, you agree to pick up their poo.

Our signage should reflect this.

‘Curb your Dog’ should go.

06
Apr
10

little dog, big dog – fresh ‘works’

Our ‘little dog’ friends have so carefully placed this fresh one amongst the stones!

Froufrou is a true artiste.

And, our ‘big dog’ friends have artfully placed this one so that it can ruin some kid’s day at the park!

Well done Champ, thanks for your massive contribution.  Looks like the poo flaggers got to it first.

05
Apr
10

Nicely ‘Curbed’ poos age gracefully along Wabash

Some nicely ‘Curbed’ poos are aging gracefully in the sun:

These look positively organic.

25
Mar
10

you never know where your orphan poo may end up

A friend of South Poop who’s in the condo management field forwarded this report of some pretty ugly ‘direct action’:

Subject: Dog Crap Contest
I have the winner. At xxxxx we have tenants using the gangway as the toilet for their dog. This has been going on for some time and we have levied several fines. However, two unit owners evidently recently decided to take matters into their own hands—literally. I just hung up with another unit owner and these unit owners took the aforementioned waste and smeared it on the door of the offending tenants and took some of it and put it in the tenants’ shoes that they left by the front door to their unit.

Yikes.

20
Mar
10

there’s a book for that


this is a book for aficianados.  the story of pooper scooper law in NYC told in Michael Brandow’s “New Yorks Poop Scoop Law: Dogs, the Dirt, and Due Process” is actually pretty interesting. it’s important for those of us working on this issue, I think, to be aware of the historical narrative. there were no pick up laws before the 70’s. change doesn’t not happen just because people are a@&$?/!s. there are legitimate differing social and personal perspectives on poo.  it can be a slow transition to the modern age. 🙂

18
Mar
10

Coliseum Park DPFA never disappoints

dog poo friendly area, indeed!

a hearty welcome to your fellow dog owners…

many thanks to the ‘poo angels’ who try to keep this place clean.

12
Mar
10

‘Froufrou’ couldn’t make it to the ‘Curb’ on time!

Another sidewalk poo – at the corner of a building at Clark & 19th a few weeks ago.