Hearing the straight poop

Thursday, April 8, 2010

We received a few too many complaints so we took the time to check it out ourselves and, believe us, many of you Cherokee dog owners could use some advanced course work in courtesy.

The amount of dog poop year-around in our parks, greenspace, and ball fields is an embarrassing indictment of this community and its dog lovers.

Yes, pets are wonderful and sublime creatures, and dogs are man's best friend and have the innate ability to totally wrap us around their paws simply by looking at us with those lovable droopy eyes and friendly, wagging tail.

Dogs can protect our families, give vast joy with their interaction with our children and elderly, and serve very useful and valuable purposes as hunting companions, retrieving thrown objects, doing tricks, and comforting us at all hours by sleeping at the foot of our beds, or next to the hammock or lawn chair in the back yard.

But dogs also eat and poop and it's their owners' full responsibility to clean up after them in public places and in private yards.

BECAUSE THEY CAN'T! And most dogs would if they could because they're just so darn nice and accommodating.

We know of many thoughtful, considerate dog owners who carry a pooper scooper and plastic grocery bag (they're free!) when they walk their dogs in public places. We know of others who just carry a plastic grocery bag (they're free!) and turn them inside out, scoop up the poop with a protected hand, and continue on their merry way without leaving a smelly, unsanitary, insect-attracting, incriminating, stinking gob of goop.

But there are too many inconsiderate, slob dog owners who watch in oblivion their favorite Fidos of all shapes, sizes, and breeds drop a stinky load in a public place and walk away totally ignoring it like some mission accomplished idiocy.

How dare you and what were you thinking?

Wake up, folks!

Own a dog. Love a dog. Walk a dog. We love dogs. Everybody loves dogs.

But at least have the decency and consideration to clean up their poop and dispose of it properly.

To do anything less is an insult to your intelligence and friends, providing you had any to begin with.