JEERS to dog owners who don’t pick up their pet’s poop.
A recent conversation between staff members at our office agreed that it’s hard to get into the head of someone who would do this.
That it takes only a second to grab a few plastic baggies as you’re heading out the door with your furry friend.
And only takes a second more to, after they’ve done their business, reach down and scoop it up.
It seems like something that should be as much a part of caring for a dog as feeding and watering them.
Yes, it’s a responsibility, and takes up a moment of time, but it’s just part of being a dog owner and something you sign up to do when you get a dog.
But more than that, one has to wonder if those owners have never gone through the pain of stepping in — for lack of a better phrase — deep doo-doo.
One Press-Republican staffer recently went for an evening walk in Downtown Plattsburgh and spotted a gorgeous beam of sunlight passing through some leaves.
Taking out their phone to snap a photo, the staffer stepped from the sidewalk into the grass only to have their heart sink as they felt that familiar squish under their shoe.
Sure enough, glancing down, they discovered the smelly mess smeared into their ridges of their sneakers.
We’re going to assume many, if not most, of the people reading this have gone through that struggle before.
Not only is it gross, but it’s a pain to have to wash and dig out from the shoe.
Shouldn’t knowing you’re probably letting that happen to someone else motivate you to pick up the mess?
We could go into the other reasons why not scooping up poop is bad for the world.
That it can spread diseases and infections like salmonella and roundworms to other people and pets.
That in our region of gorgeous lakes, rivers and ponds, the bacteria from dog waste can be washed into our waterways when it rains, potentially sickening people and causing beaches to be closed.
That there are fines for leaving poop behind in a number of North Country communities, including the Villages of Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake.
But one would hope that being a good neighbor and not bringing someone’s day down with a mess under their shoe would be reason enough.
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