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to not understand people who bag up their dog's poo then leave the bag behind

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LisasCat Tue 19-Feb-13 11:26:44

Is there a really obvious reason I'm not getting, lacking the dog ownership knowledge as I am? Perhaps if they picked it up on their way back I'd understand, but they don't. Our village is littered with neat little bags of dog shit, sometimes hanging on fences or trees, sometimes just left on the ground. Do these people think they're any less of a twat than the people who do nothing? Who do they expect to pick up the bag and dispose of it properly? Have they considered how interesting a neatly knotted bag looks to a 2 year old? Am I allowed to scream obscenities if I witness them doing this, or will a dog owner enlighten me as to why this is, in fact, perfectly reasonable and universally condoned behaviour?

crashdoll Tue 19-Feb-13 19:58:46

I do get why people don't like carrying bags of dog poo around. It's poo - it smells! But it's part and parcel of being a dog owner.

Thingiebob Tue 19-Feb-13 18:00:36


That's the stuff nightmares are made of. I would be totally traumatised if I had bags of dog shit walloped at my head.

It is disgusting... unless people pick it up and put it in the bin, then I automatically hate dog owners.

IAmLouisWalsh Tue 19-Feb-13 17:54:58

I have done this blush

In my defence, it was on a coastal walk we did regularly on holiday. We would do a mile, then turn round and come back the same way. Dog would always poo in the first few minutes, so we would bag it and hide it, then pick it up on the way back - we never, ever, left it.

The locals just used to take a spade and chuck it down the cliff edge...

Sparklingbrook Tue 19-Feb-13 17:50:40

I would say it's laziness, but dog owners can't be that lazy because they do get out and walk their dogs. confused

Hattifattner Tue 19-Feb-13 17:49:08

We live near some shooting ranges, which have a lovely woodland walk surrounding it. A haven for lovely dogs and their owners.

One particular part is so festooned with dog poo bags - on the path, in the trees - that I will no longer walk my dog down "dog poo alley" At least some owners do pick up their shit. It seems to me that the owners of small doggies are particularly blind to their poops.

We are in heavy woodlands, with plenty of bramble bushes and heavy over grown bracken...if they dont want to carry the shit, why not scoop, throw the leavings into the bramble patch and take the baggie home. This way the poo biodegrades, its not in anyones way, it cannot be trodden on by small children, and there are no blasted bags to clear up - you know they all end up in landfill anyway. Sigh.

I do despair at some owners.

Goldenhedgehog Tue 19-Feb-13 17:44:33

I could have done 5foot5 but as I was two hours from home I didn't really fancy it.

Driving round looking for one wasn't much of a hardship, my point was how ridiculous to have a picnic area with no bin.

Sparklingbrook Tue 19-Feb-13 17:43:18

It is one of my reasons I don't want a dog. I don't want to be carrying bags of poo about.

crashdoll Tue 19-Feb-13 17:42:55

I triple bag my dog's poo if I know there are no bins around. I would like more bins but I don't think it would encourage the lazy dog walkers in my area. Bending down seems to be too good for some of these people!

I hate hate hate seeing poo bags hanging off trees.

specialsubject Tue 19-Feb-13 17:40:46

tough. You own or walk a dog, you carry the bag of poo.

oldraver Tue 19-Feb-13 17:35:55

I've seen poo trees and bushes...absolutely disgusting especially as I was on my bike and hat to duck so I didnt hit a bag on a low branch....dirty fuckers

5Foot5 Tue 19-Feb-13 17:03:07

I had to put the poo in the car and drive round looking for a bin FGS

Erm. Couldn't you just take it home and put it in your own dustbin. Like you would with a used disposable nappy.

Personally I think the lack of dog poo bins is a red herring and it is a luxury they are provided at all. Default should surely be to dispose of it in your own bin.

MrsTerryPratchett Tue 19-Feb-13 16:11:46

Seabird that is a bloody good point. I would never leave a bag of DD's dirty nappy at the beginning of a walk, I would bag it up and take it with me until I find a bin or bin it at home. However, DD is confronted with shit in bags on the beach where we live. I don't care if people don't want to carry it on the walk. Whether it has been there for five minutes or 5 hours is irrelevant to my toddler.

Please pick it up and don't leave it, even for half an hour.

hamdangle Tue 19-Feb-13 16:11:32

There is a poo bin five doors from my house yet I am always finding poo bags on my street or left neatly under my hedge! Aaaaagh! It drives me mad . they can clearly see the bin just yards away, they have done the worst bit of feeling the warm squish through plastic as they pick it up, so why oh why have they just knotted it and dropped it where they are?

willesden Tue 19-Feb-13 16:00:27


willesden Tue 19-Feb-13 16:00:05

The only thing I have more than dogs is dog owners. Probably best if I leave it there tbh.

NotADragonOfSoup Tue 19-Feb-13 15:58:05

I see far more abandoned litter than dog poo, bagged or otherwise.

minicreamegg Tue 19-Feb-13 15:35:42

I've never thought of bagging up poo and leaving it, infact I hang it off the buggy handles until I reach a binhmm luckily there are lots in my area. I once walked thru a cow field and there was a bagged poo, now surely if the field is covered in cows poo it would've been better for that person to leave the dog poo, rather than leaving it in a plastic bag.

babyboomersrock Tue 19-Feb-13 15:31:39

So, to those of you who think it's fine to leave it as long as you collect it later...does that apply to other rubbish?

If I happen to finish a picnic in the park, but I'm heading off for a walk, I'll just dump my stuff on the park bench until I come back? Or better still, put it in a carrier bag and hang it on a tree? Because I'm coming back, after all?

Filthy habit, leaving dog bags. I have a dog - my choice. She poos - my responsibility to clean up after her and remove the evidence. Why should other people have to look at stinky bags lying around?

Goldenhedgehog Tue 19-Feb-13 15:20:26

I was irritated this morning. I took the dog out for a walk to a new park we've discovered. Lovely with enclosed kiddies play area and big open area to one side ideal for dogs, with path winding round.

Arrived there this morning with the dog, who did his poo straightaway. I picked it up and looked round for bin.

The only bin in the whole park was inside the kiddies play area, which was padlocked. I toyed with hopping over the fence to reach the bin but didn't want to impale myself so didn't try it.

I left the bag on a tree, then picked it up on my way back and carried it almost all the way home before finding a bin.

A couple of weeks ago I took him to a common for a long walk. No bins on the common, fair enough, carried poo round with me. Got back to the carpark, which is next to a big designated picnic area. No bins. Not one.

I had to put the poo in the car and drive round looking for a bin FGS.

diddl Tue 19-Feb-13 15:20:24

I don´t get it either.

If you´ve picked it up & bagged it-surely you´ve done the worst bit & it´s hardly that difficult to carry??

I mean-radical thought here-you could double bag or put poo bags in a nappy bag/carrier bag & carry that until you find a bin!

MoreBeta Tue 19-Feb-13 15:15:00

No I do not understand this at all.

Smeone does it in our area. The streets are all littered with little black bags full of festering dog pooh. The person who does it either hides the bag behind lamp posts or in the gutter to be squished by the wheels of parking cars.

In fact I have seen the woman who does it. She walks her dog before she gets in her car. She carries the bag into her car then discretely opens the driver door and drops it out of the car once she has loaded the dog and herself and then drives off.


Seabird72 Tue 19-Feb-13 15:12:21

There should definitely be MORE poo bins around but there are plenty of people who don't use them and never will because they won't pick up their dog poo. But for us responsible owners, more poo bins please!

EnjoyResponsibly Tue 19-Feb-13 15:10:38

It doesn't matter if there's one bin or a bin every 5 feet.

If your dogs does a crap, pick it up and take it with you.

Or don't get a dog.

It's not like they're not known for having a random dump now is it.

Seabird72 Tue 19-Feb-13 15:10:07

It's the most bizarre thing ever - I carry about 6 bags around with me all tied in a knot together in case one accidentally falls and I've often had a bag split and cover my wellies! (not nice) but picked the whole thing up again. There's no need to leave it around - not even with the thinking I'll pick it up on the way back. Take a carrier bag and put all the used bags in the one carrier bag - and if there aren't enough poo bins then take it home - like you would a used nappy. I personally have in the past put the poo bag in a normal bin but then our village had an outcry about this - especially the one outside the school - it's a normal large black bin - no kid is going to shove their hand in and get poo all over them - I personally think any bin is a far better option than leaving it on the pavement/road or leaving the bag with the poo inside instead.

CloudsAndTrees Tue 19-Feb-13 14:19:01

I don't believe the more bin thing is a myth, but maybe it varies by area. Like I said, there is one big lovely oak near us that lots of dog owners use, and it suffers with the poo bag on tree thing. But it only has one bin.

There is another field nearby, less than ten minutes drive away from the first park, and more likely to be used by dog owners on their shorter daily dog walks. I go there most days, and have never seen a poo bag on a tree, but then there is a specific poo bin on every corner and at the entrance, and more bins for litter. There is the occasional turd that hasn't been picked up at all, but nothing like the amount I see people on MN complaining about in their local parks.

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