Poo Fairies

Dog Fouling & the Law

Oh I know it’s not a very nice subject but someone has to talk about it. Poo! I’ve noticed that certain times of year are worse than others. In winter, do people think no one else is out walking?

I’m very lucky to live in the Peak District. I can roam the hills, play along the canals and enjoy the plentiful parks. But my humans always have a bag on hand to pick up my poo. In fact, the oldest child human called home in a panic the other day because she’d used her last bag and I’d gone again at the end of the road!

Now I know that fairies exist but they don’t pick up poo. I mean, those lovely little creatures have more important things to do like collecting teeth. Ooo now I’ve made them sound weird! As a responsible dog owner that’s your job.


Seriously, what’s that all about? Why go to the extent of picking up after your dog if you then throw hang it on a tree? This one in particular, were they planning on brightening the area?

And before you get me started, I know someone argue that they hang it prominently so that they can collect it on their way back. However, the majority of the time this is not the case. And this little stunner was there for ages.


A nice green alternative? I do know regular walkers who have little shovels with them and no bags. Great we do need to be using less plastic! However, when their dog has a poo they simply scoop it up… and then flick it off the path/over a wall/in the canal. Try biodegradable bags a great alternative, save the planet and clean at the same time.

Why not leave it?

Well, apart from it being illegal and disgusting. The law states that being unaware a dog has fouled or not having a suitable bag is not a reasonable excuse. You know you can be fined right? Also it falls to your local council to clean up and we all know they have no money.

Moving it is simply not acceptable. Horses can die from ingesting bags. And it’s not just the bags it’s the contents. Did you know just 1 gram of dog faeces contains around 23 million faecal bacteria? And horses are attracted because, believe it or not, they can smell our high cereal diet.

You want more reasons? Really? Ok it’s horrible to step in. Roundworm parasites are most commonly found in cats, dogs and foxes, and usually affect young children. This is because children are more likely to come into contact with contaminated soil when they play and put their hands in their mouths. However, cases have been reported in people of all ages. (NHS)

Is that enough? If not, you aren’t a responsible dog owner and shouldn’t have a dog! Too much? Don’t get me started grrrrrrrr!

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