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Date: 10/20/13 11:35 AM

We live in a very nice neighbourhood. Not millionaire nice, though a few of the houses are probably in that category. Lovely homes, incredible gardens, big lots and covenants that govern appearance and usage, but not snobby, at least NAFAIK in the last 16 years that we have lived here.

You would THINK people would clean up after their dogs. And mostly they do. But someone has a large dog and this dog apparently likes our lawn. We are not fussy about our lawn and often comment that we have a wonderful view of several gorgeous gardens but do not reciprocate for our poor neighbours. We keep it tidy and mow the grass and that is about it. But DH can not mow where this beast has been visiting and neither does he want to be responsible for the clean up.

Not being a mean or vindictive person (in spite of the rant in the last paragraph) I think I will put up a small sign with a few plastic bags near the edge of the lawn. "Dear neighbour: it appears you have forgotten your doggie clean up bag. How inconvenient for you! Please help yourself to as many of these bags as you need so you won't have to feel embarrassed or guilty that your dog has left a deposit yet again on your neighbour's lawn."

Will it work? Should I draw little butterflies and daisies and happy faces on it?

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Date: 10/20/13 11:58 AM

HAHAHAHA
It's better than the signs that say "DO NOT LET YOUR ANIMAL DEFECATE ON MY LAWN" that I have run across. I kind of sit there with the dog going "Um....I can't yank the dog away when he is squatting...I'm sorry?"

BUT I know sometimes I forget/run out of baggies. And that's exceptionally embarrassing....but doesn't sound like the problem your neighbor has. XD I would do it, but some people might think it sounds vindictive. I think it's a sassy way to call someone out as well as providing a fix for the problem. >.>

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Date: 10/20/13 12:24 PM

I take a bag with me as a "just in case", but our dog does his business in our fenced-in backyard, where I have the job of "poop patrol" so the mower does not run over "it"!

Are any of the other neighbors having this problem? Maybe it could be narrowed down so the "committee" can approach the culprit's owner.

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Date: 10/20/13 12:53 PM

That is definitely unthoughtful of them.

I like the idea of making it a coordinated neighborhood effort.
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Date: 10/20/13 1:18 PM

Why oh why do people have pets then refuse to take care of them and/or be considerate of other people's properties???

Passive Aggressive?? I don't think so at all. Short of sitting on your front lawn in a lawn chair poised with a shotgun waiting for the offenders how else can you confront it?? Passive aggressive would be making a dog sculpture of the poop collected.... But that is just MHO and I digress.

I wouldn't sugar coat it as much. I would say " "Dear dog owners: If you have forgotten your doggie clean up bags, please help yourself to clean up your dog's poop on my yard." THANKS!! Yes draw your daisies and butterflies on the sign.

You could always have a bag a treats that the dog might smell and bee line for... right along side the bags. If it is a big dog and chicken jerky treats, I would love to see the dog's owner try to get the dog away from that!! Mind you if anyone else poisoned the treats, you would probably get sued. What a wonderful world we live in....

Good luck. Maybe some others have good ideas on how to deal with this. I so feel your frustration as we have a few neighbours that behave like inbred hillbillies. and really don't care about the effect of their actions on the rest of us. It's just maddening.

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Date: 10/20/13 1:45 PM

I once posted a sign that said something like "We welcome dogs . . . whose owners scoop" but it didn't do much good (or any harm). There is still one dog owner who seems to think it's okay if the dog leaves something in the bushes for me to discover when pruning. And don't get me started on cats that hide their deposits!

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Date: 10/20/13 2:25 PM

A few years ago, we had an unpleasant neighbor about three doors down who didn't even bother to take his dogs for a walk; he'd just sneakily let them out around 6am to poop any old place on the street--and for some reason, they really, really preferred the base of our mailbox. DH actually witnessed the routine when he got up earlier than usual to pick up the newspaper and saw the guy opening his gate to let the dogs back in after they'd left their steaming offerings for us.

The two men saw each other, and you'd think that having been caught in the act, the neighbor would have felt a bit embarrassed, but nope, he continued the routine as if no one had noticed. DH accepted the rules. He pretended to ignore the poop, but after dark, would collect it with a shovel and toss it right over the neighbor's gate into his yard. This is so 'guy' I cannot believe it, but it took only three days before we had no more dog droppings in our yard.

Very soon after that, the neighbor moved away! Win-win, on a primitive level.







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Date: 10/20/13 3:47 PM

You are well within your rights and the bounds of civility to put up your sign and the baggies.

It does not matter what kind of neighborhood it is, when your dog poops on someone's property, you must pick it up and carry it to the proper disposal.

I do this even in my own yard and I don't even have a lawn.
If I knew who the neighbor was, I would be tempted to send him a polite note, asking for consideration. Someone in your house is spending the time to have nice lawn which enhances the neighborhood, as well. Doggie poop is not an enhancement.
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-- Edited on 10/20/13 3:51 PM --

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Date: 10/20/13 3:47 PM

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-- Edited on 10/20/13 3:52 PM --

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Date: 10/20/13 4:13 PM

We have four dogs who have their own area in the backyard for potty business. When we go for walks, so do the poop bags. Unfortunately those who don't wish to be educated can't be educated but perhaps the offender in your area will get a hint from the doggie bags and sign. I prefer "in case you forgot your poop bags please take one of these." My mom always said just because someone else has bad manners is no reason for me to forget mine.

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