Am I a bad neighbor?
March 30, 2011 2:05 PM Subscribe
The "Am I a Bad Neighbor" Question: I run with my dog in my urban neighborhood (think single family homes with alleyways) on an almost-daily basis. My dog is a serial pooper (he generally poops 2-3 times, right at the beginning of the run), and I've gotten in the habit of throwing the poop bags in my neighbors' garbage cans after I've picked up his business. Am I a bad neighbor?
posted by elquien to pets & animals (79 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
A little more background: the garbage cans are at the backs of the houses, on the alleyways near the garages (most of which are detached garages). It's possible that a neighbor wouldn't even know what I'm doing, unless he/she happened to look out at the exact moment I decided to throw the bags. The garbage cans are owned by the city (who does the trash pickup) and trash pickup is weekly. I always tie the bags tightly, so there's no chance of poop getting into the garbage can itself. I do this because it's a pain to do a 3+ mile run with multiple bags of poop, and I don't want to have to run home a mile into my run just to dispose of the bag.
So would this bother you if you saw a neighbor doing it? I live in a mid-sized Midwestern city, and most of my neighbors are young families or couples. There are lots of dogs in the neighborhood, and a good portion of those owners don't even bother to pick up the poop, so I figure I'm at least a step ahead of them...right?