Someone has to deal with this shit
December 1, 2011 9:31 PM Subscribe
Who should pick up the poop? Owner of the dog, or roommate who gets home first?
posted by pluot to human relations (60 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Help me figure out who is being unreasonable here, please.
I've been living with generally pretty good roommates for a couple months. One of my roommates, A, has a dog. When no one is home, Dog goes into crate.
We all have busy schedules. I leave early morning and generally get home in the 7 - 9pm range. As it happens, most days this still makes me the first one home. Usually I've let Dog into the backyard and then I call her back in about an hour.
Recently, neighbors with whom we share the yard have complained that they're stepping in poop. A tells me that now when I get home, I should either walk her and pick up the poop, or I should search for the poop when I call her back into the house.
I think this is gross, and so I said I really don't want to pick up the poop. (For what it's worth, I've never had a dog before and the first time I picked up poop was actually for this dog while A was away on a trip. I don't care for it.)
A is frustrated/angry and says that since I share enjoyment of Dog (and it is an awesome dog), I should also be willing to pick up her poop, or I should just leave her in the crate.
But sometimes Dog is in the crate from 9am til when I get home, and I can't imagine ignoring her whining when I get in the door and just leaving her there.
My suggested compromise is that I still let Dog into backyard and when A gets home, A can search for poop later. A doesn't want to do this because by the time she gets home, it will be dark. (However, it's already dark when I get home on these winter nights. Also she can do the poop search during the daytime, in the morning.)
What should happen here? Am I unreasonable in not wanting to pick up poop? Can you guys think of any other compromises?