Letter: Pointers on poo-bag etiquette

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[Regarding “Cleanup Time: Local Governments and Nonprofits Tackle WNC’s Filth,” April 19, Xpress:] Please stop leaving your poo bags by the side of the trails! It’s littering; be a responsible pet owner.

Don’t leave them next to port-a-potties; don’t leave them on railings. Don’t throw them in other residents’ trash cans. If there’s not a poo-bag receptacle on your route, take your poo bag home with you and dispose of it properly.

Keep your poo bag by your side till you throw it away! Thanks!

— Mark Thompson


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5 thoughts on “Letter: Pointers on poo-bag etiquette

  1. Mitch Russell

    Or on the sidewalk/greenway or hiding with other bags in an out of the way place like shrubs. If you have kids do you just leave diapers around the house or neighborhood? Am guessing that’s a nope. A fanny pack is a great way to keep a barrier between you & poo. Give it a try.

    Oh, by the way there isn’t a poo picking up brigade. Be responsible and civicly-minded & take it w/you. Thanks.

  2. Michael Hopping

    I’m glad that dog owners have been trained to clean up after their pets. However, as the letter writer suggests, bagging isn’t the end of the job; proper disposal is. Or, on occasion, a little thought might even be in order. If you’re out in the big woods and don’t want to take your doggie bags home, might it be better to let the poop degrade in place rather than litter your trail with nonbiodegradable bags? Just asking . . .

    • T100

      Pitch it 10′ off the trail and nobody will step in it or notice it.. The deer and the bears poop in the woods too! (I’ve never had a dog and my cats have always been very responsible when it comes to burying theirs).

  3. Enlightened Enigma

    the correct term is POOP with a P …has been forever…

    • Curious

      Some thoughts on poo vs poop from the internet:

      As nouns the difference between poop and poois that poop is the stern of a ship while poo is excrement; faecal matter. As verbs the difference between poop and poo is that poop is to break seawater with the poop of a vessel, especially the poop deck while poo is to defecate.

      Poo to mean ‘feces’ is first recorded in American English in the OED (1960 Dictionary of American Slang). Green’s Dictionary of Slang found it in 1950 in Walter Winchell’s ‘On Broadway’ column.

      The early noun uses of poop in the ‘solid’ sense are American, with a single 19th century example, then more from the 1920s. But poop catches on in Britain in the 1940s. So poop is older than poo in British English, and both were may have been American first.

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