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The Scoop on Poop: Do you dump and run?


Ex-CNN Executive Busted Putting Dog Poop In Neighbor’s Mailbox

That’s the headline that was being discussed on my local radio station yesterday morning as I was getting ready for work. The story is that Bob Furnad, a former CNN political director and CNN Headline News president, “was busted by a local CBS affiliate in Atlanta placing dog poop in his neighbor’s mailbox.”

Yuck! Who does that?

Well, I guess he does!

It was the topic that followed the one on this story that caught my attention though.

Yes. It was another dog poop-related discussion.

The question?  When out on a walk with your dog, do you drop your poop bag in your neighbor’s garbage can (if it is sitting out)?

I have always been of the belief that no neighbor of mine would appreciate me leaving my dog’s poop in their garbage, whether it is convenient for me or not, but that’s just my opinion. I’ve never really asked them before. Who knows? Maybe my neighbors don’t really care one way or the other.

The radio host, Ian Punnett, asked non-dog owners to call in if they felt it was wrong for dog owners to dump their poop in their trash bin. Not one did. You know who did? Dog owners, every one of them loaded up with guilt, or at least the thought of the guilt they would feel, if they did dump their dog poop in a neighbors bin. So it made me wonder…

Have you ever dumped your dog’s poop bag in a neighbor’s trash bin if it is out when you walk by?

If you are a dog owner, would you mind if someone dumped their dog’s poop bag in your trash bin?

And, you non-dog owners (if there are any non-dog owners actually read this blog), would you care if someone dumped their poop bag in your trash?

A little shy about answering with your real name? Take the poll and see how you compare to other dog owners. Multiple answers are allowed.

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  1. May 24, 2012 at 2:19 AM

    Yes, I have dumped poop bags into other people’s bins before. To begin with, we’re not supposed to leave our bins out on the sidewalks here (if it’s not garbage collection day), so I suppose one might say, they’re fair game. I think it beats leaving poop bags on the kerb or in front of a stranger’s gate, which sadly happens quite often here. Of course, it would be worse if the poop was not picked up at all!

    I no longer leave poop bags in strangers’ bins these days. I only dump them in public bins. Otherwise, I bring them home. I’m not sure why, other than I started feeling bad about not being 100% responsible for my own dog’s shit.

    • Mel
      May 24, 2012 at 6:30 AM

      How interesting that people leave poop bags in front of people’s gates. I would almost think that I would be offended more by that than someone leaving it in my own trash bin.
      I also only dump in public bins or at home. It will be interesting to see how other people answer. Thanks Georgia!

  2. Kim
    May 24, 2012 at 8:12 AM

    Interestingly enough, I wouldn’t care if someone dumped their poop bag in my trash bin, but I would never do it to someone else. I guess I’m afraid that someone might actually be upset if I did. So, I don’t care at all but assume everyone else DOES care. ; )

  3. May 24, 2012 at 8:25 AM

    As a former dog owner, I would rather they put it in our trash bin than leave it out in the yard where it would most likely get stepped on. As for us, when we did have a dog, we picked up after her and brought it back home to our own trash container.

  4. May 24, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    I have done it when we’re out for a long walk and I couldn’t find a public trash can … but only if the trash was at the curb awaiting pick up. I wouldn’t do it if the trash were already emptied. Even then, I feel guilty.

  5. Jan
    May 24, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    This reminds me of the college professor who took a whiz on a rival’s door and was caught by camera. College professordom does not equal good sense.

  6. May 24, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    Only once did I leave Pennys poop bag in a neighbors garbage can, but I went back later and brought the bag home….I felt guilty. On the other hand if someone leaves their dogs poop bag in my garbage can….So what, i wont even see it. The can will be dumped by the the Garbage truck, its no big deal.

  7. May 24, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    By the way, Penny ALWAYS makes sure I pick up her poops…She points where went and wont leave until it is picked up…LOL

  8. Petunia and Fletch's Mom
    May 24, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    Putting poop in a mailbox is puerile, But trash bins, what’s the problem? If the poop is in a bag (and would there be any other way to accomplish this??) why is it a problem to put it in a trash bin that is left outside all the time anyway? We want people to pick up after their animals, why grip about 2 oz extra in a bucket? Does the trash truck notice the difference? I do it because by the time one of my dogs does her business, we are blocks from home and trying to wrestle two leashes and a knotted bag AND then pick up another bag of #2 in 90+ degree heat…come on. I mention the heat because it makes my hands sweaty on the plastic bags. It’s not hurting anyone. It’s not inside a garage somewhere. I figure better in a trash bin than the water table.

  9. Petunia and Fletch's Mom
    May 24, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    PS: In my area the trash is picked up behind the homes in the alley where the driveways are. If that makes a difference?

  10. May 24, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    While I have been tempted to put my bags in someone’s bin, especially if it’s sitting on the curb and pickup is that same morning, I have never indulged said urge. It just seems wrong. Besides, I probably would be annoyed if someone did it to me, and I have a dog. My city has plenty of garbage cans along every street. There is no excuse for dumping it on private property. Does this make me a poop snob?

    I am pretty curious to find out the results!

  11. May 24, 2012 at 9:34 PM

    The reason I don’t put the bags in my neighbor’s trashcans is the smell- I don’t want their cans to smell like poop. Since my can already smells like poop, I don’t think it matters if they dump in my can. But they can only do it on Tuesday… that’s the day the trash runs.

  12. May 25, 2012 at 8:38 AM

    I’ve only run once, but don’t tell anyone. usually the dogs only poop at home, but a few months ago Sherman pooped on a walk. It was only one little poop, and of course I didn’t have any poop bags with me. I went back and tried to find it, because I knew everyone would know who it came from. I looked forever for that one little poop!

  13. May 27, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    I proudly carry the poop home all the way! It’s my way of saying “see people It’s not hard, you won’t die from either cooties or embarrassment by actually picking up your dog’s poop”. If I’m at a park I carry it to one of the garbage cans there.

    We don’t put our trash out in cans for pickup, just the bags. I wouldn’t mind if someone snuck it in a bag, but if I put cans out I would because I have 1 specific can devoted to dog poop and I really don’t want to other to smell.

  14. May 28, 2012 at 7:45 AM

    We actually had a guy do this! We were out in the yard, our bin was at the curb and he was walking his dog. The dog pooped, he picked it up and walked over and dropped it in our bin. We were stunned. We would never consider doing this. I’ve always carried the dog’s poop all the way home.

    But I suppose it would depend on whether 1) the neighbor had a dog and 2) whether he put his own dogs poop in his bin. To me it would just seem wrong to drop in someone else’s bin. But that’s my opinion.

  15. Ed
    May 30, 2012 at 8:44 PM

    We have people dump plastic bags of dog sh*t in the paper bags full of leaves and lawn trimmings we put out for composting. It’s lazy and inconsiderate for a couple of reasons. The bags sometimes stay on the curb for days while flies gather – you never know when the city will pick them up; and that stuff can’t be composted with yard waste. Your dog. Your sh*t. Take it home and deal with it.

    • Mel
      May 31, 2012 at 6:17 AM

      I would definitely not like people dumping poop in my leaf bags Ed. Yuck! You’re right, it doesn’t decompose like leaves do, not to mention that plastic is no in with the stuff that is supposed to decompose.

  16. janice
    September 30, 2012 at 3:20 PM

    I do not have a dog, and someone keeps dumping their doggy poop bags in my can… on private property, not on the curb… Here is the problem, maybe because the bags are small and fall to the bottom on the can… I dont know.. They are left by the garbage men and then I am left to dig down to get this stinky bag out of the bottom of my can to re-bag it in my trash… gagging all the way I might add….

    • Mel
      September 30, 2012 at 3:29 PM

      Oh ick Janice! That’s awful. Hav you thought about leaving a note for the offender and telling them you have a hidden camera now and will be watching for them? Maybe that will work. How gross.

  17. Dusty
    September 16, 2014 at 8:39 AM

    I was called a vulgar name because I have been placing a small sandwich poop bag in a trash container at the community trash area where people put their excess trash and the club house waste for pickup twice a week. I was asked to take it home instead. I will now do this, but I don’t see what is wrong with using the dumpster area.

    • Mel
      September 17, 2014 at 6:44 AM

      That’s ridiculous Dusty. If it is a community trash area then that is what it is there for.

  18. Dusty
    September 17, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    I bought a small ball and treat bag that hooks on to my belt so I can carry the poop bag back home to my own personal trash can. It was difficult to hold the leash and the small bag and take my rat terrier on his half run/hunt for the rabbits. Mel, half the people are crazy.

    • Mel
      September 18, 2014 at 6:46 AM

      Yes they are Dusty. Yes they are.
      I know there is a woman who actually sells bags like this to people. It hooks to your belt too. Great idea!

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