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AIBU to not want my DD to play in a garden full of dog faeces?

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fannybanjo Tue 29-Sep-09 13:32:29

and should I mention this to my neighbour who doesn't seem to think picking up her dogs' shit is the done thing when you have two children and let other children play in your garden.

I am angry to think that for the past 6 months I hadn't realised and only when DH did the neighbour a favour yesterday and cut her grass for her did he realise that there was at least 100 dog faeces in her lawn - oh yes, as well as dozens of headless dead mice (from her cats) on her patio... <balks>

Should I subtly let her know that DH noticed this and that I can't let my DD play in their garden until she decides to pick up the mess? I have no problem in being straight to the point!

ComeOveneer Tue 29-Sep-09 13:33:41

Would definately say something!

bumpybecky Tue 29-Sep-09 13:35:06

say something!

how revolting shock (and I'm a dog and cat owner)

fannybanjo Tue 29-Sep-09 13:46:21

I plan to mention it to her later. I feel sick thinking about it.

newpup Tue 29-Sep-09 13:52:59

Oh how disgusting! Why would she not pick it up? Does she not use the garden herself?

Unhygenic, disgusting and gross!!

ChilloHippi Tue 29-Sep-09 13:53:02

It is gross. I have dogs and spend a lot of my time picking up poo. But to be honest, it is her garden. You could just not let your DD play there.

Jamieandhismagictorch Tue 29-Sep-09 13:56:44

Say something. And you could also pick up a leaflet about toxicara and toxoplasmosis from your local vet and put it through her letterbox ...

fannybanjo Tue 29-Sep-09 13:59:44

Chilio - yes, I have thought about not letting DD play there but she is extremely close to her two DDs and it would seem strange if I just stopped her going over. Would rather be honest.

ben5 Tue 29-Sep-09 14:02:50

tell her your dd's are not coming around tp play untill the mess has been cleaned up

Callisto Tue 29-Sep-09 14:04:15

Poo collection is a regular occurance in my garden - I have a special horse mucking out thing with scoop that means it is reasonably effortless and DD knows not to touch the poo collector.

I would be mortified if any children came round to play and ended up covered in dog poo and I always muck out the garden at least every other day. I think though that it is her garden so I probably wouldn't say anything. I wouldn't be letting my DD play there either though.

ReneRusso Tue 29-Sep-09 14:05:09

Perhaps you could make it clear you are going to have to do a turd patrol before you let your DD into the garden. Maybe she will get the hint and try and keep it clear. It is her garden though, so it's up to her.

fannybanjo Tue 29-Sep-09 14:43:14

I can't understand why she doesn't clean it up for her own DDs sakes and if she hates doing it - why have dogs?

MamaFi Tue 29-Sep-09 14:54:34

That's unforgivable - you are NOT being unreasonable. We have a dog but it comes with the territory, you HAVE to do poo patrol. If it's nasty weather or we haven't had time to walk her in the morning I'll let her out in the garden but clean it up straight away - this maybe happens once a fortnight so not much poo here. Does she walk the dog in the park/streets? - hope she picks it up!

Got son's friends coming round this afternoon and have poo patrolled even though there was nothing to clean up... I would be horrified to think my kids or someone else's kids would have to play in dog poo which is toxic afterall (I think)!

Wouldn't be allowing my kids to play there! However if you're close neighbours and girls like eachother best to ask her to clean up the poo before playdates. Yes it's her garden, but your kids and her kids DO play there.

fannybanjo Tue 29-Sep-09 15:02:52

MamaFi, she doesn't walk the dogs, not once have I ever seen the dogs leave the house. I have no idea why she owns them, she has no interest in them whatsoever. Don't get me wrong, they aren't neglected but she doesn't give them the life they should have as in exercise etc. They also bark continually when left alone in the house or garden.

It is bone idle, that's what it is. Some people are just born lazy. Her ex-DH is the same. Don't get me started...

claw3 Tue 29-Sep-09 15:19:14

Fannybanjo - Your OP is great and to the point, do exactly that.

You dont have to tell her to pick it up, just that you wont let your kids play in it.

MamaFi Wed 30-Sep-09 12:57:53

FB, goes without saying your neighbour is an irresponsible dog owner. The dogs must be unhappy and bored therefore barking. Are they big dogs? How many? Not walked? Really unfair on the mutts. I really don't understand why people would take on a dog unless they are happy to do 1 or 2 walks a day...

Claw is right, are your girls old enough to understand why they'd not be playing round their garden? Hopefully with winter round the corner they'll not being playing much in the garden... perhaps wrap up a poop scoop for their christmas present!

PeedOffWithNits Wed 30-Sep-09 13:10:13


neighbours kids run barefoot all summer, do handstands and roll in the grass, and they have 5 dogs and lots of poo!!

my kids dont play there, but the smell is bad enough when they have not cleared up for a few days!

sugardumpling Wed 30-Sep-09 13:41:03

We got invited to a BBQ party when DD was a baby, we were all sitting in the garden chatting, lots of babies crawling around,kids playing ect when I looked down and noticed the dog shit on the grass. There was a fair bit littered round the garden, surely they could have picked up after the dog knowing they were going to have guests especially babies and kids angry needless to say we made our excuses and left very soon after.

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