As some of you know, I adopted a dog recently. This is my first dog since I moved out on my own.
I grew up in a much more rural area. Back in the day, you could open your door, let the dog out, and then let him back in when the day was over. Or if it got hot. But you get the idea.
In later years, you had to have the dog on a leash when he was outside, but because we were rural enough there was plenty of room to walk him. I’m talking lotsa woods. In other words, it was pretty easy to avoid having the dog piddle on a neighbor’s lawn or something.
Now I’m in a much less rural area - an apartment complex. I’m in the pet section, which means there’s no shortage of puppies.
You’re supposed to clean up after your dog, so I take a plastic bag with me, turn it inside out, and use it as an - urp, ugh - glove when he’s done his duty. And then toss the bag in a dumpster.
Even though I’m cleaning up after him, I have this nagging feeling that someone will say, “Hey, don’t let your dog go there!”
And of course, you can’t clean up his piddling. What am I supposed to do, bring a sponge?
So for you dog owners, what do you do?
a) In your neighborhood, are you supposed to clean up after your dog? If so, do you? If not, do you anyway?
b) Where do you let him crap and pee? Are you discriminating? Is he?
c) What methods do you use to remove the waste?