That problem is now over!
Just follow the example of this young lady, who walks the dog, eats breakfast and clears up after the dog all in one go.
But my favourite has to be "Chocolate Doo Drops". Quite frankly, I can taste them as I type this post!
Whatever your chosen favourite, have a very happy Christmas and don't forget... there is no amnesty during the holiday period! If your dog produces some festive fouling then you must still engage in a Christmas clear up!
Remember the post detailing how hot girls were forced to wear skimpy bikini's to advertise a new type of poo bag?
Well the advertisers have jumped on this selling point again and used another hot girl in their campaign, this time to advertise Catch-A-Poop.
I think they have made a mistake using her in their advert though, as I didn't even notice that she was carrying a 5ft long pole with a luminous yellow plastic bag stuck to the end of it!
PS: Who is Joey Villani, Celebrity Pet Grooming Judge, A.K.A The Dog Father anyway ??????
Once again, we are back in Scotland. Drumchapel Housing Co-operative has come to the attention of the Clydebank Post.
What can possibly be the cause of this interest. Yes, you guessed it, dog fouling!
With a clever play on words, the campaign is described as "mutt shots". Those of you, who are familiar with law enforcement programmes from the US will instantly think of "mug shots". You would be quite right to do so!
As the Clydebank Post explains; Drumchapel Housing Co-op holds a photographic register of their tenants' pets as well as details of the name, age, breed, colour, sex and a written description of each animal.
This enables housing officers to identify the owners of pets in the event of antisocial behaviour such as continual barking, dog fouling or aggression towards other animals or humans.
The landlord currently has 150 animals on file and owners responsible for antisocial behaviour, such as dog fouling, are in breach of their tenancy agreement.
They will receive a fixed penalty notice and ultimately risk losing their homes if they fail to clean up their act.
That said, the Daily Record sees it differently. It explains that the measure has been brought in because pet detectives in Glasgow find it hard in the winter months to identify owners covered up with scarves and hats.
This seems a more likely explanation as CCTV is used to identify owners, who do not clear up. CCTV has been a much debated issue on this blog but it appears that Scotland is taking a much harder line in this area. City council leader Gordon Matheson (right) said: "Pet registers, ssuch as the one compiled by Drumchapel Housing Cooperative, are very useful for establishing the identity of the owners of animals involved in anti-social behaviour". This is welcome support from the council leader but I note that he makes no observations about the use of CCTV. Does this mean anything? I don't know. I do know that Rani Dhir MBE (left), who is a director of Drumchapel Housing states; "We have been encouraging our tenants to report any antisocial behaviour involving dogs which may have been fouling or causing a nuisance. We intend to follow up their reports where we have good evidence. We also recognise that there are many responsible dog owners who have registered their dogs, take them out only on a leash and clean up after them - they need have no concerns that their pets will be a target."Does Rani approve of the use of CCTV? Again, I don't know. Rani is, however, a member of the Commission on Scottish Devolution. I have no idea what the findings of the Commission will be. Indeed, here at Dog Fouling and Red Rubber Bandsm we eschew party politics of any kind. We can, however, observe that, whether Scotland becomes independent or not, there will be no room for hiding if you let your dog foul the streets or parks.
Personally, I can't wait for the first identification parade to take place!
Marie Hannigan is also Scottish and works in communities and housing. She has a personal dream that we will be able to recycle dog poo. Although she offers no solution, it is worth hearing her express her heartfelt desire!
In April 2011, Ryedale District Council launched a campaign against the blight of dog fouling. A lynch pin of this operation was Dog Warden Brian Dunn (pictured right). The "grass them up" theme was prominent in this campaign, which encouraged local people to pass information to Brian regarding the identities of those, who allow their dogs to foul public areas without cleaning up.
The poster shown to the right was a leading instrument in this revived campaign. You might agree with me that this is very welcome action and we are all behind Brian (clearly a dog lover!) in the relentless battle to keep our streets and parks clean.
Things, however, are not always as clear cut as they seem. The Malton and Pickering Mercury reports that a second ticket has been issued, by Brian, for an offence of dog fouling.
The question we must answer is; "is this a triumph"?
Let's face it, two tickets in nine months can hardly be described as a deluge! Inspector Tim Hutchinson (left), head of Ryedale Police said: “Dog fouling can be tackled by the whole community working together. Some dog owners think they can get away with not picking up after their pet if a dog warden is not around.But as more and more people come forward to report dog fouling offences, irresponsible dog owners may start to think twice about their actions.” Come on, Tim! Two tickets hardly implies that the community is behind this effort! Or is it that dog fouling has ceased to occur in Ryedale? I think not!
Yet another dilemma. The community complains but the community fails to act!
I can only leave you to read the article here.
Councillor Colin Hall has pitched in and stated as follows: "There’s no excuse for leaving dog mess littering public areas. Most owners are responsible and pick up after their pets, but there’s a small minority who still let their animals use our parks and pavements as a sewer". These are strong and very welcome words but Your Local Guardian has gone that step further and said words, which we have always felt:
"Dog Fouling is a Crime.
The issue of CCTV has been raised on this blog before. For an example, see here.
This example is, however, a little unusual and raises the serious question of whether or not the actions of the lady in the video were correct.
The Lady clearly understands the "bag it, bin it" message. This is clearly a good thing and we should all be grateful for that. But there is an issue regarding standing by while your dog fouls somebody's front garden. Should the dog have been better trained? Should the lady have thrust a bag under the dog before the garden was fouled? Is trespassing justified for the purpose of clearing up dog excrement?
I don't claim to have the answers. I do know that my neighbour's dog had escaped today and it came into the road to greet me. I took it home. Was I trespassing?
Lastly, I remember Nena and her 99 Red balloons. What on earth has that record got to do with dog fouling?
After you have seen the video, I will leave you to answer the questions posed above.
Liam is 8 and is fed up with finding dog excrement in playing fields. He has a solution - ban dogs from all children's parks!
Liam puts dog excrement forward as the reason why England can no longer produce football players, who are good enough to win the world cup.
He has even produced a video to this effect!
We are truly lucky that Liam has neither overreacted nor overstated his case!
Read his full argument (and listen to his radio broadcast!) here.
Music as a medium has frequently featured here.
There's not much I can really say about this song.
I can only say that all of us who have ever trodden in a pile and then got into a car can relate to this.
I can tell you now, I have experienced this very event!
Enjoy the song!
I'm useless at keeping secrets, especially about gifts I have got for friends and family...
I was going to keep this and give it to you at Christmas but I just can't hold on - consider this an early present to all our faithful readers.
Enjoy and Merry Xmas :-)
This site has campaigned long and hard to eliminate littering with red rubber bands -the true and insidious crime, which haunts our society. So far, however, it is clear our efforts have gone unrewarded. That said, there is a glimmer of hope as society fights back.
The Telegraph has kept the fires of the campaign burning reporting that "Royal Mail has spent £5 million in the past five years on the red rubber bands that often litter Britain's pavements". According to the Telegraph, Royal mail spends £2,840 per day on these elasticated embodiments of evil! See their report here.
Now, enter brothers Thomas and Jack Dillon and all their little friends.
The Mail sums it up as follows: "A New children’s craze is saving Britain’s pavements from the blight of rubber bands discarded by careless postmen.Youngsters have taken to stretching the discarded red bands around their scooter T-bars – to the delight of anti-litter campaigners, who say they are a danger to wildlife".
This could be seen as an opportunity for children to learn about keeping the environment clean as well as some healthy competition re who collects the most.
As usual, however, I can see a negative. As the article reports; "Television presenter Kirstie Allsopp, 39, whose children do the school run on their scooters, said: ‘The journey to school takes 20 minutes longer than it should, thanks to the endless search for red rubber bands". Not only is the environment affected but now there is a knock on effect as regards the education system.
Is it any wonder some young people become anti-social?
Recently, for a joke, I gathered up about 200 red rubber bands and put them through my neighbour's letter box for no good reason. Why aren't the authorities protecting people against that kind of behaviour?
Many of you will remember the vile act of vandalism shown on this board in November 2009. It can be seen here.
Although I didn't realise at the time, it was clearly all kicking off in 2009!
The disgusting act of vandalism shown on the above link took place at night. As the year wore on, however, the acts of vandalism became more brazen. The following film from 2009 shows an act of daylight destruction. I don't think this kind of behaviour is funny!
I have never met the YouTube poster called "JLHetterle" but I already like him/her (must be a he, surely?).
The Wenatchee Apple Blossom Youth Parade in Washington State is a significant local event. There is a lot to see and do and much to record on video.
But JLHetterle sees the world as we do. He/She ignores the parade and focuses on a pile of dog faeces on the parade route. The camera records passing feet until the inevitable happens and some shoes are plastered in it.
There is little else to say except, perhaps, to acknowledge the emergence of yet another kindred spirit.
Just watched I Love You Man with the wife and kids last night. Bloody brilliant!
There are two brilliant clips that use dog fouling to the best advantage. Both are set around the beach scene in USA - the first is on the beach and the second on the boardwalk.
Check out the different response of the star of the movie to the allegations that his dog just crapped - which way would you play it?
The pissed up "who gives a fuck" or the mad crazy "come and get some" ?
Hester Lacey at Guardian UK reports on the actions of "Pooperman" in Lincoln. It appears that this shadowy figure has taken to going around putting labels on piles of dog excrement asking owners to clear up in future.
While the actions of one solitary campaigner might be of little interest, Hester's experiences speak volumes. As a young journalist, she was tasked to run articles on dog fouling. She was overwhelmed by the response. As she puts it: "I received abusive phone calls from both factions: the ones that felt we weren't doing enough (were we meant to come and pick it up ourselves?) and those who felt our snazzy laminated campaign posters, which featured a dog and a steaming heap in a red circle, were offensive in themselves. The debate raged across our letters page week after week; MPs weighed in, local radio stations got involved and an entire class of schoolchildren each prepared individual projects around the campaign and proudly sent them in".
If nothing else, this shows that our campaign is nothing new. Hester's article can be found here.
The best thing to come out of this is the finding of another campaign song. This one is somewhat more gentle than some of the others, which we have featured. I'm humming it already and will probably sing it to my wife on our next wedding anniversary.
Staying with the whole "people getting angry at dog shit" theme - here's a great little clip from Polish TV.
This dog turd was obviously the one that broke the camel's back for this old man! You can really sense his anger & frustration - why else would he pick up freshly laid dog shit with his hands?
But the best bit is when the old lady/the criminal slips on her own dog's faeces at the end.
Now she knows how the rest of us feel...
|I'm angry cause I got a fine for not picking up my dog's shit!|
|Still life shot.|