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January 31, 2008

Pet peeve…

Filed under: Commentary,Views — Jocko @ 7:33 pm

I have recently noticed what I hope isn’t a trend. Most dog owners are very considerate when walking their furry friends by using a leash in public spaces and by being prepared for the inevitable deposition of doo by having a plastic bag on hand. No problem, pick it up and take it home and dispose of it probably in your household garbage. But what I have seen recently are dog doo bags dutifully filled and tied, and then left at the side of the road, path, etc. for someone else to pick up and dispose. What’s with that??

If one intended to leave the bagged doo on the ground, it would probably be better to leave the deposit unbagged or au natural to allow weathering to work wonders at returning it back to mother earth. How long does it take to decompose a plastic bag with said contents. One hundred years?

Since I’m on the subject, I have heard that plastic bags of doo are becoming a significant part of waste generated, and are not easily biodegraded. Maybe there are biodegradable doo bags out there that are even grass green so that ones that are ‘inadvertently forgotten’ at the side of the road will at least blend in with the landscape until dissolved. (Check out for info on biodegradable bags)

Pender has hardly any litter and I will pick up and bring home any seen on the ground, and I know a lot of other islanders do too, but I refuse to pick up someone elses bag of doggie doo!

April 8, 2008 Update:  There is now a bag dispenser and receptacle for dog waste on the Buck Lake causeway just in case you forgot a bag or need a convenient place to put it! – J.


  1. Amen brother.

    Comment by gabbyguy — February 1, 2008 @ 1:12 pm

  2. Growlllllllll…… It’s a shame that the actions of a few inconsiderate doggieowners ruin things for everyone else. Dogs are becomming banned from more and more places because of it, and if the current trend continues, Pender trails may be next. Wise up, clean up, and shut up! Arf!

    Comment by vortexman — February 2, 2008 @ 9:12 pm

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