Sometimes the Invisible Hand just cold snuffs out yer candle.
In other news, I took my dogs for a walk this morning. Like the good neighbor that I am, I tucked a plastic grocery bag in my pocket so that if one of the dogs took a dump along the way, I could whisk the turds away. Leave only footprints — that’s my motto.
Sure enough, Daisy Mayhem took a gigantic dump on someone’s lawn, which I scooped into the bag and tied off, and we went on our merry way. It’s trash day, which means there are bins along the edges of the lawns. One was open, so I tossed the turd-bag into it.
My husband thinks this is really rude, but I don’t see the problem. I wouldn’t throw un-bagged dog turds into someone’s trash can, but bagged turds — what’s the issue? I don’t get it.
Anyhoo, away we went, but then Daisy Mayhem decided to take ANOTHER ginormous dump — right on someone’s goddamned driveway! This never happens, so I had not prepared for the eventuality of needing TWO bags. (The other dog, Patsy, never shits outside our yard.)
It was very early, just past dawn. No one else was around. I could have easily just kept going and left that pile of turds right where they were. But I wasn’t raised that way, so I was desperately trying to come up with a solution. Should I just take the dogs home and come back in my car to clean up the mess? Root through some stranger’s trash can to find a receptacle for the shit?
There was a bagged newspaper in the driveway. It wasn’t the paid subscription paper but one of those freebies. I skinned the bag off it and used it to pick up the turds, tied off the bag and deposited the bag and the paper in a nearby bin, hoping the homeowners weren’t peering through a window or on their way outside to confront me.
Did I do the right thing? I don’t know. I hope I don’t encounter any more serious and troubling moral quandaries this weekend.
What are y’all up to?
c u n d gulag
Ya dun da rite ting!
Maybe the take-home is to never leave home with the dogs, without at least 2 plastic baggies per…
You are history’s greatest monster.
Now, now. You’re a good girl. I’ll defend you against your grumpy neighbors. We will just sit here and not let them bother us.
I don’t think there’s any topic that you couldn’t make hilarious. That was just a twice-LOL morning coffee for me.
Even if the homeowners were watching, I would hope that they’d appreciate your efforts to clean up. Too many people would havc just walked away (those same people who don’t bother taking even one bag and give dog owners a bad name).
I suspect your neighbors find you entertaining. At least, I would.
If I were putting it in a neighbor’s trash, I’d
nuke it from spacedouble bag it just to be sure…
You did the right thing.
When I walk my FIVE dogs, I travel heavy on the poop bags. I’m quite adept at wrangling and scooping. I even try to get at least two poops per bag, being the prissy environmentalist that I am.
If it’s trash day, toss the shit in. If it’s not trash day and the lazy ass left his/her trash bin on the sidewalk, take advantage of their thoughtlessness and toss it in.
If the trash bin was full of trash and the trash was successfully picked up shortly after, not too rude, I guess.
But this whole thing is a sore point for me because I have a dog-walking neighbour who does something objectively more rude.
Background: in Toronto, there’s three kinds of trash. Every week green bin waste is collected. This is mostly kitchen waste, but animal waste is an appropriate component. When I had cats, the litter went out in this bin. While kitchen waste can go directly into this bin in the deep of winter, I keep it bagged in the basement freezer until just before I put the bins out the rest of the year.
Alternate weeks, grey-bin trash or blue-bin recycling is also collected. Grey bin trash is typically pretty dry and un-smelly because of the food waste being separated out. I’m a little compulsive, so non-recyclable food wrapping is either completely washed before going in the grey bin or it’s stored in the freezer and put into the grey-bin garbage bag the evening that I put out the waste.
My neighbourhood has collection Friday mornings to afternoons (different trucks for different bins), so most of us put out the bins on Thursday night and put them back in the garage some time after work on Friday.
Some neighbour has been tossing bagged dog turds into my EMPTY green bin AFTER collection some time on Fridays. If it rains, I have floating dog turd soup to deal with. If it’s winter, I might get lucky and have the turds freeze and remain relatively odorless in MY garage for ONE WEEK.
If it’s summer, no fucking court in the land would convict me if I whipped the bag into their front yard and let it explode into a plume of stench.
Fortunately or unfortunately, I don’t know which neighbour is doing this.
So: a last minute dog turd dump in a bin that was being collected — assuming that the bag was closed correctly and didn’t break in my bin — is tolerable. I still think it’s presumptuous (would it kill dog walkers to bring their own turds home?), but it wouldn’t put thoughts of violence in my head. But putting nasty waste in someone else’s empty bin makes me furious.
You did right. My dog takes a minimum of three dumps on every walk so I now I always carry a bag full of bags with me! A hard learned lesson after I had to pull a bag off freebie newspapers a couple of times to pick up turds!
(Oh, and bagging the turds in the newspaper bag was way, way better than leaving them there. Just — can’t you keep a little plastic shopping bag with you to carry the turd bags home? What do you do on non-garbage pick up days?)
my dog always eyes how many bags i have tied to the leash before taking a dump. if there’s one bag she always takes two huge shits.
half the time i tuck another bag in my pocket just to spite her.
I always have 2 bags, just in case. And I always carry it home. I like the jaunty little swing it gives with every step, plus, I’ve seen street people eye me, like they were going to either hit me up or yell at me. Once they see the poop bag, they visibly reconsider and think better of it.
Culture of Truth
It’s CNN. I expect a rocket up any moment now.
I take 3 Kroger bags for my 2 dogs. Two piles in each means we can have up to six dumps. Haven’t run out yet. One can in my neighborhood actually has a note banning dog walkers from depositing poop bags. I usually go down the street that has a public trash can on the corner and put them there or else bring them home.On the other hand, I stepped in dog poop in my front yard the other day which really pissed me off!
Any attempt to clean up after a dog that does not make matters worse is a good thing. I am, at best, neutral on dogs; I get the appeal & I don’t hate them but I hate the owners who allow them to run around and/or make no effort to clean up after them. I don’t want to find any turds in my yard so good on you.
The announcer for the launch was a bit confused by what was happening.
It’s reading suburban angst like this that I am thankful to live in the great outdoors of NorCal where my dog can shit any old place he pleases. To boot, he even has the good manners not to relieve himself anywhere where the grass is mowed. He goes into the tall grass to do his duty.
I have also noticed, over the years, that all my male dogs – 4 Labs and Pibbies – never shit anywhere close to the house. The females (2) that I had did quite the opposite and I usually had to clean up after them with a shovel at least two, three times a week. Try as I might they just would not alter their rude behavior.
Was that a US gov’t-funded launch pad I saw in that photo?
Grumpy Code Monkey
I know they seem like a stupid thing to spend money on, especially when you have a bunch of plastic grocery bags lying around, but the dog poop bags you get at the pet store are a lot more convenient, and you can get dispensers that fasten to the leash so you always have one available, even if both dogs decide to take a dump multiple times on the same walk (it took Gregor about four years before he decided he could poop in someone else’s yard).
I always carry the bagged poop home and put it in our trash. I’m with Comrade Mary: if the trash hasn’t been picked up yet, it’s not that much of a problem. If the trash has been picked up and the bin is empty, then you’re leaving your neighbors a gift that will keep on giving until the next pickup.
@Comrade Mary: On non-garbage days, I do carry the turds home and put them in our garbage, and I will make damn sure I bring more bags with me from now on. I’ve never seen the harm in adding bagged dog shit to an open bin that is scheduled to be picked up shortly (Golden Rule thing, I guess — I wouldn’t mind if someone did it to me), but my husband thinks it’s rude. Maybe I should carry the damn turds home all the time…
PS: Whichever of your neighbors is putting dog shit into an empty bin is an asshole!
Rocky, my Maltese not my boyfriend, sometimes purposely, I believe, saves up his movements and and drops his poo 2 or three times on a single 1 mile walk instead of using our back yard. I used to feel guilty whenever I deposited the tied up bags into our neighbor’s receptacles so I tied the bags to the leash as we walked. One day on our walk my boyfriend’s mom drove up and asked what on earth was in the bags tied onto the leash. While explaining I realized how absurd it was that I would go this far in order to not offend the neighbors. If they have a problem with me touching their fucking garbage cans they’ll have a bigger one after I fling the turds at their picture window. Ack! Suburban angst.
Some of the local restaurants have taken to putting signs on their bins saying that you should not dump your dog poop in them.
Someone put a bunch of beer bottles in our trash can that was at the curb AFTER the trash truck had cleaned up the trash one day. The problem with this plan is that the local trash people do not take unbagged trash so we had to go fishing someone else’s beer bottles out of our trash bin so we could put them in with the recycling.
I am currently working this morning on both making pancakes for the family’s breakfast and on my linear electro-static nuclear accelerator (set up in my den – small unit. At best will make 1 million volt deuterons ions.)
Specifically I am trying to melt solder (Pb free, of course) onto the deuteron target arm and its water-cooling coils. This oft delayed project (going on two years!) is getting close to finished – took me a year to figure out how to make the radiation shielding (x-rays are a killer in both terms of the word!) and a heavy-hydrogen target – realized only last year that the high energy deuterons would heat my target up and burn off all my deuterium plastic and then I’d have almost no neutrons … thais issue I finally solved last week (design and machine shop work) and I am now trying to finish that part of the project in the oven as I cook pancakes – talk about multi-tasking.
This aspect of the project will be finished once I get this done (today for this part.) Then the entire project will be done once I add the high voltage source for the proton gun (only a small 15,000 volt source) and install the anti-reverse electron shield cathode … or would that be an anode? Damn, can’t keep those straight … .)
Will vacuum test the new deuteron target assembly later today and its feed thru seal – that will be a bear (it has to hold down to one tenth of a millionth of an atmosphere … currently the unsoldered version was close but the first try it leaked enough that I was off by a factor of a hundred.
Still have to finish the laundry and hang the stuff out to dry after this … .
1. I always take 3 bags. Kieran’s rules states that your dog will always take one more shit than convenient.
2. My wife also will not let me throw the bag into the piles of garbage in the alley. Pisses me off! She will walk all the way back to the house with it! Freaking lunatic! The garbage and trimmings in the alley’s are picked up by a backhoe, so no human has to touch it. I’m going to start a support group.
@Betty Cracker: I think I’m a little twitchy even about the bags in a full bin about to be collected just because of my asshole neighbour. It’s weird: I’m generally a calm and tolerant person, but this is a sore point with me, even when the bag goes in the bin under conditions most calm and tolerant people would find acceptable.
Oh well, everyone’s a little irrational about something.
@maya: I’ve never thought about it, but now that you mention it, that pattern holds true at our house too: Our male dog (the late, great, much-lamented and sorely missed Bart) never shat in the walkways; he always did his business in the bushes. Whereas our two female dogs shit any old where they please.
My husband and I made a deal long ago that he would take care of removing dog shit from the yard if I would clean the human toilets in the house. I’ve never regretted that bargain!
Also, he was dumb enough to make a deal to always bathe the dogs if I would always bathe the kid. That was a sucker bet as the kid was soon able to bathe herself. But I relented and now do bathe the dogs occasionally too.
PS: What are Pibbies?
Grumpy Code Monkey
Oh, and nuts on the Falcon scrub; the way the launch windows to the ISS work, they’ll have to wait another 3 days.
I’m confident they can do it, it’s just this mission has already been delayed by so much. Stuff like this only gives Congress more ammo to defund Commercial Crew and hand everything over to Boeing.
So much for the private sector. Clowns. Next thing you know, they’ll want to claim anything they find in space for themselves.
Doesn’t space belong to everyone? If we think so, allow the govt to fund it–they already have the expertise.
I don’t know why, but Alien the Movie is playing in my head…
I’d say smart thinking on your part about the second scoop the poop.
@Betty Cracker: Rescue Pit Bulls. They are, by nature, very friendly, sweethearts. On the negative side – lousy watchdogs – Buddy sleeps through anything, even bears in the trash cans – and they are stubborn. Just when you think you are making progress in their training they will just stand there and look at you as if they suddenly went deaf.
All this talk about the frequency of canine dumps- At least it’s good to know everybody’s dog’s digestion is working fine.
Sounds like Patsy has ‘bashful colon.’
Torontonian as well in a very urban area with lots of dogs. I prefer the folks who put the bagged poop into my garbage can that sits in front of our house to the ones who leave it sitting on the sidewalk…but we have a few bags of 2 month old dog poop in our trash can because they’re stuck to the side and I’m danged if I’m gonna dive in there and loosen them.
Carry the little bags home, if you please.
When my dog was alive I took her for a walk almost every day. She always pooped on the walk. Not always the same distance into it, but I knew it would happen at some time. I felt guilty about throwing it in someones trash can.
If the pooping happened on the beginning part of the walk, and I knew I would be passing by that spot on the way home, I left the bag of poop there and picked it up on the way home. I couldn’t stand to walk very far holding it.
@maya: They are hard sleepers! My dad had a couple of pits for hog hunting, and they were the sweetest things. Lousy watchdogs, like you said.
@karen marie: How odd. Oh, please, internet gods, let this comment #30 stay just like this. It’s perfect. In fact, “undefined” suits me pretty well.
On topic: Yes, you did the right thing. Only assholes don’t pick up their dog’s poop, even if it’s somewhere you justify your laziness by saying “oh, no one walks over here.” Your fellow dog owners walk over there. Don’t annoy them.
And always carry two bags. You never know.
watchdogs is an oxymoron, imo. None of my dogs were ever.
I predicted this would happen; they had something like a five-second launch window today (no, really, it was ridiculously short), which meant that the slightest problem would postpone the launch. Don’t think it necessarily means anything long-term.
@Cermet: If you are having problems with leaking feedthroughs, you might consider brazing them with a silver-solder brazing alloy. A good silver joint that is thoroughly wetted to both surfaces is leak-tight almost down to UHV levels.
It does require a fair amount of heat, so depending on what’s attached to the feedthrough that may not be an option.
a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q)
@Betty Cracker: I’m guessing the are what I call Pibbles. That wonderfully sweet and misunderstood American Staffordshire Terrier (AmStaff) know colloquially as pitbulls.
I have a rescue mutt (some kind of sheperd/terrier/who knows what mix) who was out with me when a young neighbor kiddo walked by. “Is that a pig bull? Will you sell him to me?”
Balloon Juice: Come for the politics, stay for the dog poop!
I think you did the right thing, Betty. The only problem I would have with putting bags of dog poop in our trash can is that our garbage dudes are lazy and sometimes they just reach in and pull out the bagged trash without bothering to put the trash can on the lifter thingy on the back of the truck. So the bags could stay in the garbage can for months.
I’m in Boston for my daughter’s college graduation. I can’t believe my BABY is graduating from college. English major, summa cum laude! *beams with pride*
Ot i just saw iron sky and you should too. Two words: moon nazis.
Arm The Homeless
Good on ya Betty. I am sure that you have seen the States’ campaign about ‘Dog Poop Isn’t Cute’. I am proud to share a state-identification with you
A few years ago I was walking to campus when I saw a couple walking their white German Shepard. I showed up as the woman was carefully bagging up the turd. I felt that in some small way responsible pet owners had been vindicated, if only for that day. That is until she proceeded to chuck the bag of shit into an open sewer cut-out in the curb.
I felt personally hurt that for a moment I had allowed myself to slip away from my SOP of misanthropy.
I immediately pulled off the sewer grate and fished out the now moist bag, carry it with me, dumping it in a trash can along the way to class, now having to decide which bathroom was closest to wash off whatever I just stuck my arm into.
I found them on campus, at which point me, my mouth, and my soiled arm walk up to the woman and begin explaining how I just watched her pull that boneheaded move, that there are laws against it, and that most importantly it ruins the few fresh water holes that haven’t yet been overtaken by invasive species.
Righteous indignation over sewer ordinance is why I will never make a good politician. The End
@Egg Berry: Yes, it is. The rocket is on a launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Side note-I was up for a job there last year but Soonerwife didn’t want to leave OK.
@evap: Congrats from an old English major!
@becca: becca, thank god I don’t have you as a neighbor – you’re rather a jerk. You’re advocating that bin owners should force others to pay the price of your owning a dog.
You also seem to have trouble understanding the concept that every bin on the street isn’t YOUR bin. Here is a simple test for those of us with more ethics than a rattlesnake. Would you toss a filled bag into your neighbor’s bin if she was standing in the yard watching you? Of course you wouldn’t. Now ask yourself, why wouldn’t I? Why would I at least ask permission? …
As for you thinking that a bin left at the curb is a sign of laziness, I assume it doesn’t occur to you that maybe the bin owner works long hours, possibly arriving home well after you’ve taken Fifi and Fido for their walks and left your little present for her in her bin? Of course it doesn’t. I doubt you have any more than a passing familiarity with working long, hard hours. Those of us who do really don’t appreciate arriving home after work and having to deal with, literally, another pile if shit.
So who is lazier, the dog owner who can’t be bothered to act responsibly, or the otherwise uninvolved, random bin owner?
As a practical consideration, in my municipality, pet waste isn’t allowed in the regular garbage. In fact, it really pisses off the crews and I’ve seen them toss filled bags onto bin owners’ yards and driveways. Since we all know not to put filled bags into our bins, I wonder if you actually ARE one of my neighbors! Damn! Mystery solved! ;)
Betty, I appreciate your scruples about this. At least you ponder the ethics and practical outcomes unlike Becca. Possibly it’s less of an issue the way you dump your bags, but make no mistake, you are using someone else’s “stuff” without permission.
@Arm The Homeless: I have not seen the dog poop campaign — seriously? LOL!
I have seen those uber-creepy ads with uber-creepy Rick Scott bragging about auto insurance changes and the one with him on the beach (where he looks as out of place as a gut-shot iguana on an ice floe) trying to lure tourists. I flip off the TV every goddamn time his mug appears. Bat Boy on the beach is the last thing we need to attract tourists.
@evap: Hooray for evap spawn!
a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q)
@evap: Congratulations to your summa kiddo from an English major who had to settle for magna!!
@a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q): Humble brag?
Arm The Homeless
@Betty Cracker: I assumed that other municipalities had picked up on the TAPP program. I suppose our city is quite activist when it comes to environmental management. Probably an outgrowth of too much time on the hands of ‘lard bricks’ in this state-government town. Dontcha’know
We don’t get many of the touristy ads, since most of the Panhandle money gets hoover’d by Panama City, where, incidentally, you can find both good Vietnamese food and a wide selection of truck nutz.
Luckily he doesn’t mingle with the common man as our esteemed former guvnuh Jeb! was known to do. He mainly sticks to skulking around the cul-de-sacs of Century Village and Ava Maria.
SpaceX got its first govt contract in 2006. Notice how seamlessly the subsidies were built into it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SpaceX How long before space exploration is commercially militarized?
Thanks for nothing for for all the privatization and huge debt you left us, Bushies. Entrepreneurs, esp those as rich as Elon Musk and his pals, should fully fund their own schemes.
I’d write my congress critters, but they’re Rs.
Stuck in the Funhouse
More white republican existential angst. Babies of color, just ain’t wingnut enough to suit ‘our values’. And little baby jeevus.
hahahah. Now they lay on heavy playing the “Ozzie and Harriet” card, for twoof justice and the murrican way.
Well now, let us not value a bunch of new immigrants in the country built by immigrants, as in “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free
And for the cherry on top, the ugly core of the political right, that I and others have been saying is driving the current clown car of white angst, toward Peak Wingnut.
Nope, no white privilege here, nor entitlement. So walk on by. Just po white folk needing a some pointy headed messaging to git their minds right.
I just adore Phyllis Schlafly, and see her as an essential national treasure, speaking the unvarnished truth of what she thinks and wants, or at least her minions do, when she doesn’t. A wingnuts wingnut on Sodium Pentothal.
Arm The Homeless
nope, none of those caught the ire of the mod-filter. FYWP!
That is an AWESOME pancake recipe!
@Stuck in the Funhouse: Garden variety nativism. My guess is that the Pequots were saying something like that about my ancestors in Salem back in 1629.
Arm The Homeless
Wow! I have no idea what this project is for, but I got a serious nerd-on about it.
Can I ask for an executive summary of what you can do with it, besides burn up deuterium plastic?
Your family sounds lucky
Simply brilliant. Well done. Cruel but memorable.
a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q)
@Omnes Omnibus: Guilty as charged (and still slightly annoyed with myself for missing). How you be?
If the wine foil art career doesn’t work out for you, you might wish to consider another creative endeavor using your apparently abundant resource of dog poop.
Inspiration may be found in a series of work, “Merda d’artista,” produced in all senses by the late Italian artist Piero Manzoni in 1961. One of these tins sold at a 2007 Sotheby’s auction for about $75,000. And yes, it really is “truth-in-labelling” (confirmed to me by a museum conservator).
Stuck in the Funhouse
Of course it is nativism, that now is laced up tight with democracy and voting for leaders and their efforts to pass laws that govern our lives. I don’t think they had much of that in 1629
@a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q): I be okay. Long, weird week at work. Happy to have the weekend. How are things in your neck of the woods?
In my mis-spent youth, I shared a house with some bandmated, one of whom had a dog. When the dog needed to dump, he’d let it out in the back yard to do it’s thing, but he’d never bother to go clean up the back yard.
I got fed up with all the dog poop in the back yard so I picked up the first bag I could find, which was an empty charcoal briquet bag in the garage, and picked up a couple dozen poops, but just set the bag back in the garage rather than throwing it in the trash.
My roommate had some of his fancy prep school friends over for dinner one night. They fired up the BBQ but then realized they needed more briquets on the fire, so they grabbed the bag in the corner of the garage and dumped it into the Weber.
The best thing was that he couldn’t bitch to anyone about it. If he would have kept after his dog, it wouldn’t have happened.
How has my morning been? About an hour ago I put down my 12 year old Kuvasz, Aja. You could shoot me with a cannon and I wouldn’t feel a thing.
Hug your pet and treat them each day the way you wished you had after they depart from you.
@Stuck in the Funhouse: Not only that, the Pequots really had some justification for looking askance at the new guys.
Stuck in the Funhouse
Here I am trying to start a flame war, and you are being all agreeable, cracking jokes and shit. My mojo trolljo is just shot to hell, and I may as well drown myself in a big steamy cup of bloggy mayhem fail :)
@Stuck in the Funhouse: Sorry to ruin your troll. Would it help if I called you an Obot?
@kuvasz: That really sucks. My condolences.
Hey, dog poop is politics (and viceversa).
Stuck in the Funhouse
Not. that would be like calling the Pope Catholic. I will just go have a good cry and the world will make sense again, sorta. a little.
@kuvasz: I am so sorry. Losing a faithful companion is horrible beyond words; much peace and strength to you. Rest in peace, Aja.
Stuck in the Funhouse
condolences. Last night, I was eating some Hershey’s Special Dark chocolate, and had one of the small squares sitting where I have my computer mouse, and then I noticed it gone, and Charlie right there licking his chops.
Complete panic, starting with frantic internet search on what to do, and doing all the math calculations for weight of dog per amount of the piece of chocolate. And after a while decided via the math, that the dose was not large enough to cause a problem. But I still stayed up all night watching the little guy, who is doing fine today.
Write to them anyway. If you don’t, they get to pretend we’re not here.
@Older_Wiser: Send ’em a message on Facebook.
Two dogs, one bag? Does not compute.
At least you’re picking it up.
Here in SF (where there are way too many dogs) people routinely let their off-leash dogs shit near our back porch without scooping. I’m always amazed at that and that people walk their dogs off-leash in an urban environment.
Why not write to them? I’ve got two Democratic senators and a Democratic rep and wingnuts write letters and call them 24/7. That’s how they make it look as though there’s some kind of conservative consensus — they flood the offices of Democratic reps with conservative propaganda.
You may as well return the favor and make your Republican reps worry that maybe there’s a groundswell against them and they may not get re-elected.
ETA: Or, what Smiling Mortician said.
In my neighborhood there are some militant dog-poop-picker-uppers, so we have learned to comply. I have no problem with people putting poop bags in my garbage bin. What I find weird is the people who bag the poop but then leave the poop-filled bag lying on the ground. I’ve seen this almost once a week. Who does this?
FWIW – one neighbor has actually tied a poop-bag dispenser to her fence so that dog-walkers who get caught short on bags can take one. I think that’s a nice things to do.
I have a thing about putting poop in bags into the trash. I can’t stand it even in my own trash and do everything to avoid it. When I lived in a townhouse complex with a good sewer system I would dump the poop into the toilet then put the bags into an air tight container until trash day.
Now I am renting an apartment on a farm in Vermont that is on a dirt road. My dog is getting old so I’ve taken to letting him wander the property instead of walking him on the road on a regular basis. I always pick up after him, then go down to the dirt road and toss it where it can’t be seen. (If he does go on the road I find a stick and push it into the bushes where it isn’t noticeable). Then it’s the air-tight container for the bags until trash day.
This whole thing is making me feel really neurotic since Betty brought the subject up!
@Older_Wiser: The good old days when “we owned the space program” involved sweetheart deals with the space arms of defense contractors. Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Alliant — those names sound familiar? SpaceX is a long overdue step AWAY from that.
@kuvasz: I’m so sorry to hear the news, kuvasz. I hope your good memories of Aja provide consolation.
@Stuck in the Funhouse: Ha! My chow-chow got into a closed cabinet after my housewarming party, and ate 3 chocolate truffles I had received and was saving for later.
I thought that for a dog her size, 3 chocos probably wasn’t too dangerous, but since I am just that neurotic, I called Animal Poison Control about it.
They told me it would probably be all right (which, in the end is how it turned out), but just to keep an eye on her for, among other things, “signs of lethargy”.
I never could figure out just exactly what that meant in an animal that sleeps 20 hours a day.
You shouldn’t be using plastic bags at all. As if there were endless landfill space for plastic bags full of dog turds. The biodegradable ones aren’t that expensive. If you can afford a dog, you can afford biodegradable poop bags.
Japan launched another rocket this week…
but they’ve had a few failures too…
@Baud: no she isn’t, Jimmy Carter is
Finn13: God, you’re right about the plastic bags. You’ve made an instant convert. I will buy bio-degradable from now on!