Dogs poop. It's a fact of life. You put food in one end and poop comes out the other. If you own a dog, you own their poop. Just like having a baby. You feed them, you clean them until they can clean themselves. But a dog, lacking an opposable thumb, has to depend on others to clean up after it all its life. I'm always pleased to see a dog with plastic bags tied to the leash. It says to me this is a responsible owner who is thinking ahead and prepared to clean up after the pet if necessary. What I am not pleased to see is dog poop on lawns next to sidewalks. That says to me the person walking the dog is inconsiderate and irresponsible. I wonder - would they let their child take a crap on the grass? Then we have the bag tossers - the halfway folks. They get the poop in the bag, but leave the bag for someone else to dispose of. To return to our analogy: would they leave dirty diapers on someone's lawn? How can we explain this disconnect in thinking? It seems clear to me - you own a dog, you cean up after it. No owner's manual or special instructions are required. You just do it. It's part of being a parent or a dog owner. That dog you're walking gives you attention, devotion, an opportunity to go for a walk, cheers you up when you're low. Is it asking too much to dispose of its waste?
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