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Am I being 'disgusting' for letting my dog pee and poo out of my garden?

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LST Fri 18-Jul-14 10:55:03

As, according to a woman I've just past on my wall with my dog I am hmm

He wee'd up a lamp post and pooed on the grass, but I did pick it up!! She tutted me and told me he should be better trained?

Just thought I'd give it to mn! AIBD??shock

Staywithme Sat 19-Jul-14 01:10:24


grin and you know this is just the start of it, don't you?

CrohnicallyDepressed Sat 19-Jul-14 06:55:35

Poo wrapped leaves? I think you'd be better off wrapping the poo in the leaves. Less on your hands that way...

Georgina1975 Sat 19-Jul-14 07:05:24

The long piss streaks (from dogs) on pavements are a bit gross tbh. But, I don't mind as long as poop is picked-up.

I think cat owners should follow their furry friends and do the same.

JustAShopGirl Sat 19-Jul-14 08:21:29

much prefer to walk through dog pee on pavements than vomit, litter and fag butts from the 2 legged culprits.

LST Sat 19-Jul-14 12:58:43

Haha I indeed meant poo wrapped! grin

We were next to a massive field at the time. The lampost was on the pathway next to it.

evalyn Sat 19-Jul-14 13:21:16

What do we think about human pee or poo in public? Disgusting? Yes. If some drunk peed up a lampost in your street, would you be disgusted? Yes. If some toddler shat on the grass verge along your street whilst its mother stood by, would you be disgusted? Yes.

We have laws against (people) urinating in public places. We expect small children to be put in nappies until they're trained. How is dog pee/dog poo different?

Yes, you are being disgusting. That there are many people like you (most dog-owners) is no excuse. Just disgusting.

fledermaus Sat 19-Jul-14 13:29:50

Well yes, it is pretty disgusting - but fairly socially acceptable if you pick up the poo after.

ceres Sat 19-Jul-14 13:30:43

evalyn - what about free range cats and wild animals? lots of insects, rodents, foxes, badgers etc peeing and pooing everywhere.

or do you think they should be either toilet trained or put in nappies too?!

Toooldtobearsed Sat 19-Jul-14 13:36:25

Mine will ONLY pee and poo in our garden. We often drive out for a couple of hours, long forest walk, then home. The second he gets out of the car he runs, runs v v fast to get to the garden to relieve himselfgrin

I have 4 large rolls of poo bags if anyone wants them.......

And, funnily enough, I prefer a dog to poo and have it picked up than seeing rivers of pee running from one side of the pavement to the other. Not to be done about it, just urgh

LabradorMama Sat 19-Jul-14 13:38:12

Jesus wept. There are some extremely petty people out there (and on this thread) Of course YANBU, she obviously some kind of dog-hater (or goody fucker). When there are so many more significant things to get worked up about, it's absolutely pathetic that someone would choose this.

If you'd left a pile of shit there and walked away I could understand her having a go but criticising you even when you picked up? I'm utterly flabbergasted.

Icimoi Sat 19-Jul-14 13:40:04

evalyn, your life must indeed be hard if you get this worked up about pee and poo. If dogs didn't exist, even urban streets would still be full of pee and poo from foxes, rats and birds and, indeed, humans. For your own sake you need to learn to deal with it.

LabradorMama Sat 19-Jul-14 13:44:39

I have the opposite problem tooold, one of mine will not, under any circumstances, go in the garden. Neither will go whilst on their leads. There are very few places that get her stamp of approval but luckily, the grass at DPs work meets her exacting standards so she goes to work with him a lot!!

evalyn Sat 19-Jul-14 13:53:00

ceres: 'what about free range cats and wild animals?'

Well, if you were to bring a cat or a wild animal along my street to let it urinate or defecate, you'd be being disgusting. Or if I did so, I would be being disgusting.

No-one is suggesting it's the dogs that are disgusting, are they? Nope; it's the dog owners. ('Free-range' cat owners too, btw, of course.)

(Would you be OK with packs of wild dogs running round your streets, doing their business and scaring the children? Me neither.)

evalyn Sat 19-Jul-14 13:58:54

Icimoi -- I do deal with it. That doesn't stop the OP and others of the dog-owning tribe being disgusting, does it?.

Icimoi Sat 19-Jul-14 14:12:35

Animals urinate and defecate. It really makes little or no difference if the occasional bit of dog wee is added to all the other wee and poo in the streets.

ceres Sat 19-Jul-14 14:46:34

evalyn - we clearly have vastly different ideas on what qualifies as disgusting.

insanityscratching Sat 19-Jul-14 14:58:03

Our ddog only pees and poops outside of our garden blush The poor animal crosses his legs until he's walked if, like today, there is torrential rain and his first walk is delayed, rather than using the garden. hmm I pick up and bag and bin his mess so not much else I can do. She WBU to have a go at you when you had cleared up after your dog though.

Staywithme Sat 19-Jul-14 16:21:31


I had the same thing happen to me OP. I was walking my old yorkie and he stopped for a poo. As I was picking it up and old woman living on the opposite side of the road starting berating me for allowing the dog to poo on the pavement. I did point out that I was actually in the process of picking it up but she went on to say it was disgusting and what if children were playing football there? Their ball could bounce where the poo was and get covered in germs! hmm I did point out that since we were near a blind corner I think the kids should play in the park 2mins away rather than the road. Some people, especially dog haters, will find any excuse to complain. Sheesh.

evalyn Sat 19-Jul-14 16:23:25

Icimoi: 'makes no difference', you say. But we think it makes a difference if people urinate or defecate just on the street; we have toilets and nappies (and laws about it). So why not the same for dogs? Birds, other wild animals, we have no control, perhaps. But dog owners should have control over where their pets do the dirty.

ceres: '... vastly different ideas on what qualifies as disgusting' indeed. But it's part of civilised behaviour to take account of others' sensibilities, no? If I didn't think it disgusting to pee on your front step that wouldn't make it OK for me to do so, would it? No, no more than you thinking it not disgusting to let your dog pee on the lamppost or poo on the grass verge makes it OK for you to do that.

It's my disgust at your dog's behaviour that behoves you to moderate it, just as your disgust at my peeing on your step behoves me not to do that. That's how civilisation works.

GreeboOgg Sat 19-Jul-14 16:28:04

I don't think I have ever met anyone, outside of MN, that gave a flying fuck about a dog pissing up a lamp post on a public road.

Unless your #1 hobby is licking lamp posts and pavements I really can't see why you'd care.

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Sat 19-Jul-14 16:30:16

It is pretty minging (but socially acceptable) to allow your dog to piss and shit in public. The world would be a far nicer place if dog owners trained their dogs to use their own gardens.

Never going to happen though given the amount if dog owners who don't think their dogs shit is their responsibility.

ceres Sat 19-Jul-14 16:56:48

"It's my disgust at your dog's behaviour that behoves you to moderate it, just as your disgust at my peeing on your step behoves me not to do that."

Afraid not. Your disgust at a dog's (normal) behaviour in urinating or defecating just makes me think you are a bit odd.

if you decided to pee (or defecate) on my step that would be an offence which could see you end up with a fine or a conviction.

in the case of dogs, the offence lies in the owner not picking up their dog's faeces, not in the act of the dog relieving themselves in public.

Deverethemuzzler Sat 19-Jul-14 17:01:19

Fucking bonkers

Staywithme Sat 19-Jul-14 17:13:28

Some of the comments on here are unintentionally hilarious. If my dog was as anally retentive as some of the posters I'd have to give him an enema. grin

Boysclothes Sat 19-Jul-14 17:15:33

I love the way people obviously think the world is this pristine antiseptically clean thing until a dog comes along. No. It's absolutely covered in traces of piss, shit, sick, blood, spit, semen, mucus and every other fluid you can think of from every type of animal and living thing that exists. It's not disgusting and our bodies can cope with it totally fine.

Incidentally, I started a thread where as an aside to the main topic I noted that I had cleaned my dogs poo off the lawn. Cue literally millions of posts from the anti dog brigade expressing their horror that I let my dog poo in the same 300 square foot area as that in which my sainted toddler might touch his surgically clean feet and that I needed to train my dog to only do his business when out on his walks as a matter of absolute urgency. So you can't win. Just stick a cork up it.

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