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AIBU to not pick up my dogs poo?

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MrsRaegan Tue 02-Sep-14 08:07:36

Went for a walk today with the dog. He's not been out for a couple of days other than in the garden. He's been unwell and had the runs.

This morning he seemed to be feeling a bit better and was hanging about the front door so I decided to chance it. Anyway long story short. Round our local "walk route" and heading back to the house. He had an incident. There was no way I could have physically picked it up (sorry tmi) even though I do carry bags.

So I thought the best thing I could do was head home (about 6 houses away) grab a bucket and sluice it away. I did this and was heading back out with said bucket when a woman from down the road came up my drive ranting and raving that I should have picked it up. Or at least made an attempt to. I tried to explain the situation but she was having none of it. She has now flounced off, harping on about reporting me to the council.

Am I going to get a fine?!?

VivaLeBeaver Tue 02-Sep-14 08:10:09

Ha, o you're not.

You can't pick up liquid shit. You sorted it out by sluicing. Job done.

I was at a country show once where a blokes dog had terrible diarrhoea over a 6ft patch of grass. I felt sorry for him as he was mortified and there was nothing he could do. He legged it, I pretended not to see.

Fav Tue 02-Sep-14 08:10:50

Under the same circumstances, I probably would have done the same.
Bu I can't help but think that you should have waited until all diarrhoea was definitely over. Hope it's not catching.

HotPinkWeaselWearingLederhosen Tue 02-Sep-14 08:10:57

I doubt it. I've had a similar incident when dog was a puppy, and knocked on the door of someone I vaguely knew for a bowl of water and some kitchen towel.

I didn't get yelled at by people smile

Maybe because you'd walked off she was just determined to have her rant even though you came back?

The important think is you cleaned it up.

FlossyMoo Tue 02-Sep-14 08:10:59

I think sluicing it is the only option. I can't think of any other way to get rid of it. YANBU

Edenviolet Tue 02-Sep-14 08:11:31

I think you did the best you could, try not to worry.

Icimoi Tue 02-Sep-14 08:12:49

Perhaps you should have asked her to demonstrate to you how to pick up liquid poo.

KnackeredMuchly Tue 02-Sep-14 08:13:42

Yanbu. You had to deal with it somehow of course, and you did!

MrsRaegan Tue 02-Sep-14 08:14:45

Fav I thought it had, you're right though. It's not catching, he has had a dodgy tummy since we got him. Just looked so forlorn staring at the door.

I didn't think so but honestly I couldn't get a word in edgeways for her.

Thumbwitch Tue 02-Sep-14 08:16:40

It is impossible to pick up liquid shit - a stray dog did a nice puddle of diarrhoea outside my front door once (I'd seen the dog hanging around but had no idea where it came from, poor mangy thing sad)
I had to put soil and grass cuttings on it to give it some "body" and then shovel up what I could into a binbag, and finally sluice the rest down the garden path to the storm drains. And then put dilute bleach on it just in case there was anything left that might smell. <gak>

puntasticusername Tue 02-Sep-14 08:21:33

YABU. You should, as a matter of course, always ALWAYS carry the following items with you while dog walking, as a BARE MINIMUM:

- small shovel, suitable for scooping liquidy poos;

- wet'n'dry hoover, to get the bits the shovel can't manage. The best ones weigh at least 15kg but they have carrying handles so WTF is the big deal? Oh, also a portable generator to power it, naturally.

- seventy five gallons of Jeyes Fluid and boiling water, to adequately sterilise the area.

- time machine, so you can go back and avoid taking the dog out in the first place.

Of course YANBU, it sounds as if the other woman has a bit of a thing about people leaving dog poo - which is totally understandable, I get very angry myself about the number of filthy bastards around here who just let their dogs crap anywhere and don't even consider picking it up - but her ire was misdirected at you. You were doing your best FFS.

deakymom Tue 02-Sep-14 08:21:52

i had this happen to a neighbour i offered her some water but she insisted she would go and get her own i go into town thinking i will never see her again and would come home to clean it up i was wrong she cleaned it all up nicely

i love being wrong some days grin

you have cleaned it up and the officer has to see you ignore the dogs deed for you to get a fine xx

Trapper Tue 02-Sep-14 08:28:32

Did you actually have said bucket in your hand at the time, with the front door open? If you didn't, I can see why she would have thought you were ignoring it tbh.
I don't see what else you could have done though.

littledrummergirl Tue 02-Sep-14 08:29:55

Our dog did this on holiday one year; right next to a sign which said "no dog fouling"blush

We had to send dh off for water.

MrsCampbellBlack Tue 02-Sep-14 08:31:55


But if it is anything like where I live, those who pick up after their dogs are in the minority so she probably assumed you wouldn't.

Still no excuse for her to be so rude.

marriednotdead Tue 02-Sep-14 08:40:35

Incredibly, there is a ridiculously expensive solution for this!

MrsRaegan Tue 02-Sep-14 08:40:39

Trapper yep. I was coming down my front door steps with the mop bucket.

I can almost see her point. It makes me really really angry when people don't clean up at the back of their pets, but she knows me and she's never seen me leave his poo. Ever.

Whatisaweekend Tue 02-Sep-14 08:46:00

If she knows you and saw you with a bucket of hot water in your hand then she was bang out of order to shout at you. You were doing exactly the right thing - what else could you have done? I understand people getting cross about dog poo - it's gross - but she should have paused for a second to see what you were going to do. She was rude.

Ilovexmastime Tue 02-Sep-14 08:51:06

YANBU, I hope when she calms down that you get an apology from her too.

Bunbaker Tue 02-Sep-14 08:51:15

"he has had a dodgy tummy since we got him."

He could be coeliac. One of my friends had a dog with this condition so it is worth getting it checked out. I hope he feels better soon.

ender Tue 02-Sep-14 08:52:14

Plastic gloves and loads of kitchen roll get all the liquid poo up, then a rinse with bio detergent. Just sluicing it with water means its still there, but spread more widely.
Luckily it was v early in the morning when my dog shat on the pavement and there was no one about. Had to go home to get the cleaning stuff and then drive back.

KnackeredMuchly Tue 02-Sep-14 08:55:11

What food is he on? Sounds like an intolerance.

mistlethrush Tue 02-Sep-14 08:56:51

I was going to say that my dog has this problem if she has anything with turkey in... Some dogs can't tolerate some foods so it would be worth looking carefully at what he is eating and perhaps getting some advice on diet from someone.

Mrsjayy Tue 02-Sep-14 09:27:57

Yanbu and of course you wont get a fine she was loopy. Some woman screemed at my dd for not picking up poo that wasn't our dogs my poor dd ran away from her

HamishBamish Tue 02-Sep-14 09:29:49

YANBU. You were heading back to deal with it and weren't intending on leaving it there.

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