Dear Future Dog Owner.

Dear Future Dog Owner,


I bet you think you really want a dog don’t you? I mean how cute is this?…



Puppy Photo


Adorable I know and I bet you REALLY want one now don’t you? The question though is, will you look after other people if you do?


That was not a typo, I don’t want to know if you will look after a furry little fellow, although obviously I would hope you would. No I want to know whether you will protect other people, children in particular, by doing your duty and picking up any dog poop the furry lovely produces?


Owning a dog comes with a lot of responsibilities, but unfortunately many dog owners seem to think that some of them are optional, and that it is perfectly okay to leave foul poopy messes all over the place.


I want to tell you, that it is NOT okay. It is not okay that last week I had to clean dog mess off of my son’s trainers again. This was my eldest son’s trainers, the same son who already has Type 1 Diabetes which makes him more prone to infections, eczema and asthma, and really does not need any other health conditions. Especially not preventable health conditions, caused by the selfishness of lazy dog owners.


Did you know that dog’s mess can cause toxocariosis and optical cellulosis, which can lead to blindness, other health problems and even death? My question to you is, would you ever intentionally hurt a child? No? Then if you do get a dog, don’t risk doing it just because you are lazy.


Nadine Nash was 34 when she lost an eye, thanks to coming into contact with animal faeces when she was four, and had years of pain before she lost it. Just think how you would feel, if this happened to someone in your local area, and it could possibly be your fault because you didn’t scoop all of your dog’s poo.


If that was me (which believe me it never would be) I don’t think that I could live with that guilt, especially not all for the sake of a five second poop scoop.


Finding dog poo on my children’s shoes is not a new thing unfortunately, I have been annoyed for years about this issue. When my children were small, I spent way too many hours cleaning dog’s mess off of our pushchair’s wheels.


When you are pushing a pushchair it’s very hard to see the ground in front of you and often even if you can see the ground, you have a choice of going through poo, or risking your child’s life by pushing them in to a busy road to avoid it.


Then of course when you get home, if you don’t notice the poo as I often didn’t, you end up wheeling it into your home. Dog’s poo on carpets and on floors where my toddler and baby crawled around and played together was an absolute nightmare, and a complete health hazard……a completely avoidable one.


So potential future dog owner, think to yourself, can I cope with picking up my dog’s poo? Will I always scoop? If the answer is no or even only maybe, then please do us all a favour AND GET A GOLDFISH.


Kindest Regards,

Stevie (Stephanie Couch)

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  1. 8 April 2015 / 11:12 am

    Here,here!!!I so agree with this I’m sick of shouting “watch the dog mess” every two minutes on the school run.Unfortunately we walk up a tree lined lane which people seem to think that as they can’t be seen they don’t have to pick it up.Vile!Gives a bad name to all responsible owners xx

    • 10 April 2015 / 3:51 pm

      I’m exactly the same lovely, always on at my poor boys to watch where they are stepping, but sadly it’s a necessity! The cats on our road seem to prefer to poo on paths rather than bury it as well…arghhh! Stevie xx

      • 10 April 2015 / 4:06 pm

        Strangely enough I went out the back to peg the washing out this morning and a cat had pooed right in the middle of our patio!!Grrrr x

        • 10 April 2015 / 4:21 pm

          Cat poo has all sorts of nasties in it as well, and we have about 20 on our road!
          Stevie xx

  2. 8 April 2015 / 11:41 am

    I knew two children at school who had caught a deadly disease from accidentally ingesting dog faeces that was on their shoes. I can’t remember what the disease was, but they were hospitalised for months.
    Great post; people should be aware of the risks! x

    • 10 April 2015 / 3:49 pm

      This is what gets me about it, it can be so dangerous and yet some people really don’t care! Pure selfish laziness!

      Stevie x

  3. 8 April 2015 / 2:19 pm

    This is a massive pet hate! It’s becoming more of a problem around here, really really hate it but it seems there’s nothing we can do other than hope people change their ways!

    • 10 April 2015 / 3:47 pm

      It really is grim isn’t it?! I hate having to check the boys shoes all the time, I’m paranoid but sadly often rightly so!

      Stevie x

  4. 8 April 2015 / 4:35 pm

    I hate this too. We used to have a Great Dane and his poops were like footballs- I always picked them up. In the countryside round here people also have a lovely habit of picking up the poo and then leaving it in a lovely bag hanging from tree branches!

    Sadly I think the sort of people who don’t pick up probably don’t give a hoot about our children’s health- just thinking about it makes my blood boil!!

    • 10 April 2015 / 3:46 pm

      I see that all the time as well, bags of poo! Why on earth would you go to the effort of bagging it only to dump it? Often right by a dog poo bin as well grrr gets me pretty riled as well lovely!!

      Stevie x

  5. 8 April 2015 / 6:17 pm

    There is nothing worse than dog poo on the pavement – or anyone else. Why can’t people just clean up after their dogs?! x

    • 10 April 2015 / 3:44 pm

      I totally agree, the smell is awful and considering the health risks, it’s disgraceful that people don’t clean it up!

      Stevie x

  6. Emma
    9 April 2015 / 7:22 pm

    I hate this so much – the non-scooping of poop, I mean, not your post, obviously! It’s even worse on beaches as it gets mixed into the sand and then the kids play in it. We went to the local beach on Monday thinking the no dogs rule would have come into force the day before but sadly it wasn’t being enforced or followed and there were dogs everywhere. I could see plenty of scooping but not by everyone. So selfish.

    • 10 April 2015 / 3:42 pm

      It does drive me mad, it’s just so disgusting and selfish not to clean up after your own dog!

      Stevie x

  7. Lisa@intotheglade
    10 April 2015 / 6:21 pm

    Brilliant post Stevie, I absolutely hate it too! We are dog owners and nothing annoys me more than when we see people out walking or running (?) with a dog, but not looking for them doing their businesses or worse, ignoring them when they do. It is disgusting. I am doing a post about our dog having a birthday. Can I link it to this one? Just in case someone is inspired to get a dog ha! X

    • 10 April 2015 / 7:01 pm

      Of course you can lovely x It does frustrate me, when we used to have dogs we always cleaned up after them, it never occurred to me not to! I especially hate it when it’s on the beach, as when you live somewhere as beautiful as Cornwall is a crime to ruin it in any way as far as I am concerned!

      Stevie xx P.S Happy Birthday pooch ;)

  8. Mother Mands
    11 April 2015 / 12:18 am

    I shouted at a woman across the road the other day, just let her dog do its business all over the green where the kids play then wandered off. I just shouted, “do you need a bag?” and waved one of our poop bags at her. She looked suitably sheepish and picked it up.

    It just amazes me because there are soooo many poop bins around this area, so there should be no excuse for not picking up after your dog! I’ve even fished a crisp packet out of the bin before when we’ve run out of bags whilst on a walk with our dog. You’re right it is just selfish and lazy, winds me up! Don’t get me started on cat muck! :D

    • 11 April 2015 / 12:14 pm

      Good on you Mands for shaming her into doing it! I do get so fed up with having to constantly remind the boys to watch where they step, they should just be able to run around and have fun without worrying about other people’s selfishness!

      Stevie x

  9. 11 April 2015 / 10:23 pm

    I’m a dog owner and it really annoys me when I see people not pick up their dog’s poo! I do it for the reasons you’ve stated and because my Dad works for the council and has to cut grass and is sometimes covered in poo! (Thank god for washable overalls!).

    • 11 April 2015 / 10:58 pm

      Yuck your poor Dad! That must drive him mad the poor man. By the way lovely I’m still having issues commenting on your blog, so I have been reading it but disqus hates me and I have to use internet explorer not chrome…will try and sort the Disqus issue out soon!

      Stevie x