Dog poo bags left on path
Dog owner presents her/his dog's poo nicely bagged in a dog-shit doggie bag hung on a public footpath sign. Why?
To the dog owner who did this:
If you don't want to bother picking up your dog's shit (which is at least understandable) why not just let it do it on the ground? The excrement would eventually wash away, but if it's going to be bagged, then take it away. Scooping it in a doggie bag and leaving it there is the worst of both worlds. It's disgusting and more work for everybody, including you.
It's actually hard to understand why a dog owner would do this. This one wasn't left on the path or (slightly better) at the side of the path but hung on a sign as if to say: "Look, this is my dog's shit it just did."
Obviously it's not only this one. They are everywhere in the countryside in every country where people own dogs and use doggie bags. A few years ago we were walking along the side of a river at a beauty spot in Snowdonia and the blossoms were out on the cherry trees. We came to a cherry tree with a dog-shit bag full of 'dog poo' hung on a branch. The bag was as pink as the cherry blossom. Was it an art installation or some kind of protest? Or did the person think there's a dog-shit bag collector who comes along to remove them and they're more likely to see it if the bag is pink?
Possible reasons to bag dog shit and leave it there
- The dog owner intends to come back and collect it but forgets.
- It's a protest against not being allowed to let your dog leave its shit on the ground.
- To comply with the law, all you have to do is bag it (wrong).
- The dog owner genuinely believes someone else will come along and remove it.
- The dog owner genuinely believes it doesn't matter what happens to it.
- The dog owner doesn't want to carry it away but thinks at least it's better not left on the ground.
- The dog owner believes the bag and everything in it is biodegradable and will soon disappear anyway.
- It's just the current fashion and will stop eventually so it's not a problem (don't bother about it).
I can't think of any other reasons, but whatever the reason is (or combination of reasons) a proportion of anti-social (or otherwise socially-aware) dog owners are unfairly giving the responsible majority of dog owners a bad name.
This has been toned down a bit since it was first written.