The blood of grown men runs cold at its sight. Women faint. Children scream.
What cursed thing is this?
It’s the dreaded dookie!
Ithacans Against Dog Poop
My town has gotten complaints for not being dog-friendly. After all, who would ban dogs from an outdoor pedestrian mall or a park on the lakeshore?
Ithaca, that’s who.
So the downtown business association is taking a survey to see who wants to open up the Commons (what we call our open air mall) to dogs. So far, every comment I’ve seen associated with the announcement (except mine) has worried about dog poop.
Oops, I’m wrong. One person just wanted to be sure the dogs didn’t smoke. (grin)
Dog Poop Bad; Scooping Good
Dog poop is unsightly. It smells bad. It attracts disease carrying organisms.
Yeah, I get it. It’s gross.
And I’ve been as frustrated as anyone when I encounter the noxious pile left behind on a walk.
But here’s the thing: it hardly ever happens.
It’s been maybe two months since I saw unpicked up poo on a walk. I scooped it up and carried on.
I probably see a pile o’poop lying free no more than two times a year.
In my community, most dog people pick up on walks. If they didn’t, we’d know about it. Our lake would be dead from all the nasty stuff that washes into it from the storm drains.
So why does dog poop cause such a vehement reaction?
Dog Poop Makes People Insane
Ithaca is famous for its nasty editorial letters.
I moved here from the town that threw ice balls at Santa Claus and where shootings happen every snow storm over shoveled out parking spaces. But I’ve never seen anything like the nastiness that appears in the pages of Ithaca’s daily paper.
And the most memorable letters deal with dog poop.
I’ll never forget three column inches from the man complaining about how Stewart Park was covered in dog poop. Yep, that’s the park that doesn’t allow dogs. And the dog poop in question? It came from all the Canada geese hanging out on the shore.
Unpicked up poop gets the horrified reaction I’d hope to hear in response to say, our president has authorized drone attacks in other countries that are killing innocent people. Or how about the fact that thousands of children die each year from malaria which could be prevented by a $10 mosquito net.
Yep, that sounds like something a bit more worthy of hand wringing, anger, disgust, and upset.
And save your rants for things that are really important.
I don’t expect anyone to come out as pro dog poop. But is it a big problem in your community? Or does it attract anger more suited for issues of death and destruction?
Pet Friendly Note: If you’d like to support Ithaca’s desire to become more pet friendly, take the short survey. Many of the complaints have come from tourists so I think they’d like to hear from people who make travel decisions based on how easy it is to visit with dogs.