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Dog poop: Do I need to draw you a picture?

All Over Albany” has noticed that dog poop is, well, all over Albany — and they’ve fashioned a helpful flow chart to help address the (fecal) matter.

(Click on the illegible version above to be taken to the full size chart. Then come back, for this isn’t just an upstate New York issue, but a national, nay, global one.)

At my park in Baltimore, and probably your’s, it seems that, when the snow and cold arrive, the manners of some otherwise responsible dog owners depart.

Whether it’s because people don’t want to traipse throught the snow to scoop it up, or because it’s just so darned cold, there are a lot more lingering dog droppings to be seen, and stepped in.

In a perfect world, those not scooping would be the ones stepping in it — but it never seems to work out that way.

And while, granted, solidly frozen poopage won’t despoil your footwear, neglected droppings, amid continued freeze and thaw, can come back to haunt us.

“We’ve thought a lot about this issue,” Alloveralbany.com reported in a piece last month. “And we finally came to the conclusion that winter somehow impairs the ability of some people to make good decisions about whether they should pick up their dog’s poop.

“So, we’re here to help. We’ve constructed a flow chart to assist citizens of the Capital Region in their decision-making process on the all important question: ‘It’s winter. My dog has pooped. What now?’”

Comments

Comment from Sarah @ Married with Dawgs
Time January 29, 2011 at 11:12 am

I’m so tempted to print and post on the tree in my front yard that one of my lovely neighbors lets their dog poo under. Thanks for the Saturday morning laugh!

Comment from Foley Monster and Pocket
Time January 29, 2011 at 8:43 pm

From the desk of Pocket Dog: I pick up my poo with my mouth and I get yelled at. Go figure?

Comment from Kelly
Time January 30, 2011 at 6:33 am

It has always amazed me that folks won’t pick up in the snow. I can see being unable to find the poop in all the leaves in the fall. That is not the case for snow. Poopage stands out like a sore thumb. Scoop, people, scoop!

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