The near disappearance of dog poo

The near disappearance of dog poo from our streets is one of those momentous happenings one is obviously pleased to see, but absolutely amazed to experience actually coming to pass. Stratford upon avon

It reminds me of the creeping awareness and then absolute shock of realising that white dog shit was suddenly no more. Here (lots of it) today. Gone tomorrow.

Whether it was a change in doggy diets or a supernatural happening, to this day I still do not know. I remain in the same state of amazement that something taken for granted was so suddenly gone.

Whenever a dog misbehaves (I refer now to areas not toilet related), the excuse was always, ‘Bad dog – Bad owner’. The finger always pointed to lack of training, no love in the household, and the finger always pointing to the fault of the owner and the obvious lack of care. In other words, the human involved always got it in the neck.

Why, even I, a model of patience and understanding have been known to go down that path admonishing the owner and reminding them that…‘their pet is NOT a furry human being’ and should not be treated as such.

I have changed my mind.

I find myself wanting to heap nothing but praise upon those owners who carry what has become affectionally know as ‘poop bags’. And here’s the thing…it would appear that 99.9% of dog owners now clear up after their pets. In short, from destroyers of the universe to…my heroes.

I am still gobsmacked when I witness a well-dressed man or woman obviously ‘going on somewhere’ after they have fulfilled their dog-walking duty, standing there with a fistful of steaming dog shit.

My admiration knows no bounds as I watch them trying to stuff an over-sized turd into an under-sized black plastic bag. And all this in broad daylight.

I write this in complete astonishment because if one remembers and compares ‘the old days’ with today what appears to have happened is complete cooperation and an amazing act of mass-discipline. 

Now some might say it’s the introduction of fines that have brought about the change in public attitude but considering it’s the British way to virtually ignore fines (at least until the last moment), I find that hard to believe. In short, I’m pleased, but baffled.

It is hard to believe that not long-ago it was a national pastime to write to a newspaper complaining about the amount of dog poo (brown and white) fouling the highways and byways of this sceptered isle (cough). And remember, coming back from a walk standing in the hallway and sniffing…?

It appears that those days are mainly gone, so all that is left to do is that thank the 99.9% of today’s dog owners for changing the faeces (see what I did there?) of history.


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Author: IanF

Ian is a Stratfordian and quite angry about all sorts of things, Local, National and in fact, everything World-Wide. For the sake of his mental health he has chosen to Vent his Spleen in a blog. He advises YOU dear reader to do the same.

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  1. I have to disagree somewhat with you stratfordian on the dog poo thing.
    I’m sorry to say that poo on pavements is on the increase. Some owners who bag it sling it on to trees, leave on the pavement or near a bin but never in it.
    I blame Brexit

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