As I have previously reported, crime is dropping all over the country. Often, I ask why this is. I would like to think that it's because the entire nation is working together to combat acquisitive crimes and crimes of violence.
Every time I come to this conclusion, I read something, which shows me how wrong I am.
The News Shopper advises us that: "Dumped cars and dog fouling top the list of offences Hertsmere Borough Council residents would like to see people fined for". What a focus, what an emphasis on public safety!
This does, however, dovetail with the views of the Local Authority. Hertsmere Council has a section on its website devoted to "Animal Fouling and Dead Animals". The section opens with the gripping and astounding statement: "Each day, dogs produce vast amounts of excrement." If only every authority had this kind of incisive view of social activity. It even goes on to observe that this can cover shoes and clothes! I fail to see how this could routinely happen. I do remember my brother once coming home covered in cow dung but he had ridden down a road, which had clearly been visited by a herd, and fallen off his bike!
I think that I can only conclude one thing; I have no desire to be covered in dog excrement and, therefore, will not be visiting Hertsmere in the near future!
Read the relevant articles here:
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Plop Trumps has been our No:1 best seller since June this year and is sure to brighten up everyones Xmas day.
Or how about a DVD to keep the kids quiet after the big meal to allow you a quick snooze.
All these, and more, are available at our Dog Fouling & Red Rubber Bands Shop :-)
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
While we all know that crime is going down, there are still nasty people out there, who break the law. I feel safer when I hear that criminals have been apprehended and brought to justice. Communicating this message is a fundamental role of the local press.
Although crime rates nationally are reducing, we all still like to hear about a burglar being sent to prison or a violent criminal being given time to sit in a cell and reflect upon his/her behaviour.
So it is that the News Shopper reports on how a Mr James Davis has been fined £350 for not cleaning up after his dog in a children's play area. On top of this, he was hit for £150 court costs and a £15 victim surcharge.
Thank goodness all is well! In future, I won't feel the need to lock my front door or secure my car, certain in the knowledge that all the agencies of the state are poised to swing into action to target those matters, which affect the public the most.
Well done Dartford Magistrates for hammering this vile, socially destructive crime! Well done News Shopper for letting us all know that we can sleep more easily!
I can already hear a new slogan: "clear the grime or face the fine"!
Read the full story here.
Monday, December 21, 2009
Vera Baird: her nickname is 'the Towering Inferno'. Photo: ABBIE TRAYLER-SMITH
Many thanks to The Telegraph for bringing us this story.
Vera Baird, the Solicitor General, allegedly walked off after her puppy, breed unspecified, fouled Kings Cross railway station.
The inference is that Ms Baird's dog had left a deposit, which could only be removed by a cleaner.
This article throws up many issues.
Allegedly Ms Baird asked "Don't you know who I am". Surely the answer has to be "no, and I don't actually care you sad, inconsiderate moron". Well done to the PCSO for either not knowing or pretending not to. That said, it appears that a woman began an argument with Ms Baird over this issue and then backed off. Don't do that, especially where dog fouling is concerned. If you start an argument, be ready to stay the course. If necessary, shout louder than the other party and be ready to pile on the abuse.
Legally, I also cannot see that this could have amounted to an offence of Disorderly Behaviour within the meaning of Section 5 Public Order Act, after all we have all seen an argument taking place and we are all far too familiar with dog mess.
Once again, while troubles beset the country and, indeed, the world, the upset stomach of a small dog is still headline news above robbery and burglary. Keep that pressure on!
Full article here.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
I've included this clip from the show purely to praise the skill of the writers, who managed to get two of the characters to say "dog turd" within seconds of each other.
Friday, December 11, 2009
"Occasionally, she will go to the toilet, but the children tell us and we clean it up."
I am very confused by this statement. Does it mean that the dog has been trained to use the toilet with the children but makes a bit of a mess? What does occasionally mean? Has the dog got some form of constipation, such that it only defecates occasionally? I don't know but I do know that this highlights, yet again, that dog fouling can occur anywhere and is at the forefront of all of our thoughts.
Read the articles for further information.
This is Devon.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
A mate of mine at work clears up the dog mess left by his dog in his garden by double bagging it.
This is good as it shows sympathy for the refuse collectors. There is, however, a problem with his disposal technique. He sometimes leaves the bag on his doorstep until either he or his wife passes the bin.
Recently, his next door neighbour complained about fox excrement in the garden. This was followed by an observation that the fox excrement was accompanied by a bag of dog mess. Clearly, a fox had carried it through from one garden to the other.
I say: good on the foxes! I have just piled up a load in my garden in a carrier bag. Who knows where it will end up? I have attached my mobile number to the bag. It's a bit like a message in a bottle.
Saturday, November 28, 2009
This is a truly wonderful invention(?). I am all for enterprise and money earning and, therefore, applaud any business venture. Just look at this amazing product. I am sure the manufacturers must have sold at least one. Follow these simple instructions:
1. Collect up your dog's waste as normal
2. Place the securely tied bag of dog waste
into your muksak, by flipping open the
3. Close the lid and secure the catch once more
Thursday, November 26, 2009
"Beautiful", says the camera woman. "Just spear it", he replies, "even if its as big as a giant hot dog".
"This is real poop, not watered down", he continues, before hitting us with the best line yet, "there is residual poop in between our teeth".
Monday, November 23, 2009
Richard Edwards is the Crime Correspondent for the Daily Telegraph. This newspaper is renowned for its right of centre politics. Richard's profile on the Daily telegraph website describes his activities as follows:
"As The Daily Telegraph's Crime Correspondent, Richard Edwards writes about the victims and perpetrators of crime, policing issues and the politics of Scotland Yard. In the past four years he has reported on the London bombings, the disappearance of Madeleine McCann and the G20 protests."
So, is Richard focused on burglary, robbery or even murder? No, not at all! Richard has gone directly to the heart of the criminal conduct, which is destroying our society.
Yes, you guessed it, Richard has lashed out at dog fouling!
As Richard reports:
"The area where the dog mess problem has been reported, Retford, records an average of more than 20 violent offences, burglaries and vehicle crimes every month. However in meetings with the police, the community has requested officers to make one of their top priorities the fouling issue.
Pc Steve Meredith said: “While dog fouling is not strictly a police matter, our role as a beat team is to tackle the concerns of local residents. If that means us working with partners to address a local issue for the benefit of my local community, I am happy to do it."
Well reported, Richard and well said Steve! Thank goodness a national broadsheet is now taking this seriously!
Richard's article can be read here: Police treat dog mess as crime priority.
This is followed up on the Nottinghamshire Police website as follows: Dog Owners Could End Up In Fine Mess.
I can only speak for myself but I feel safer and significantly reassured by these efforts.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
The News Shopper hits the nail on the head again.
This time, it's all about Epping here.
This is worth reading for Ms Fiona Daniels' remarks about "this filthy, dangerous excrement".
I would really like to hear more from Ms Daniels as I would enjoy hearing about excrement, which is neither filthy nor dangerous. After all, even horse dung has its dangers.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
The News Shopper is a well known local paper to those of us in and around the South London/North Kent areas.
For anyone, who doubts the authenticity of this post Vigo Village really exists. Information can be found here.
The News Shopper has really hit where it matters. All around this article are links to stories about violence and criminal activity. The headline grabber, however, is a story about how the local people took the subject that matters to the local police:
A police survey found dog fouling was an issue in the area and people wanted more dog bins in busy dog-walking areas
The installation of dog fouling bins is headline news in this community.
Never mind criminal damage, to heck with theft or burglary, let's get that excrement into those bins!
See the full story here.
Monday, November 09, 2009
In the USA, they too are plagued by the rubber band menace.
Here in the UK we simply complain but Joel Waul of Lauderdale, Florida saw a beauty in the band, which we have missed. He embarked upon a project, which would make the most hardened postal worker shiver. He built the giant rubber band ball pictured above.
Many thanks to the Charleston Daily Mail for this report. It reminds me of what life is really all about.
As the article makes clear, he suffered injury and damage in his quest. His efforts have been rewarded by the ball being taken for display in a museum. What a man! He should be applauded by all of us and given a free life or, at very least, six years to make up for the time he has spent putting the bands together.
Read about his tremendous achievement here.
Sunday, November 08, 2009
"What happens to the faeces collected in those red bins" you might well ask. The truth is that I don't actually know.
This is, however, fireworks season. I do not approve of mindless damage but some young people have shown clearly what happens to said faeces around November 5th.
I utterly condemn this behaviour!
Saturday, November 07, 2009
With Taiwan being a small island of only 245 miles long and having an estimated 180,000 stray dogs I can see some people making a mint from shit.
Friday, October 30, 2009
This site has previously specialised in musical offerings. This post is no exception.
Music has always been a special medium, which brings us all together. Reggae has its own spirit. Put Reggae together with a dog fouling theme and the result has to be magical. I want to hear you all singing along (actually, it's catchy, you will have no option).
Monday, October 26, 2009
"The fact that women can remain beautiful with a bag of shit in their hands is tremendous."
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
As must be obvious from the content of this blog, it is completely apolitical. Therefore, you will be fully aware that we have no view on the pending postal strike, the reasons or the arguments. In fact, quite frankly, I don't understand them anyway!
That said, we must always look for the positives in any situation. Will there be any positives from the strike? A message board user called "GJW" posts as follows:
At least if they go on strike my property will have a break from having red rubber bands thrown all over it. Littering is a criminal offence Mr Postman you tw*t.
I assume he/she believes the postman to be a "twit".
As and when the strike takes hold, I would appreciate reports regarding any effect on the proliferation of the vile blight on our society, which takes the form of red rubber bands!
Sunday, October 18, 2009
It was 11 p.m and Bill McDonald was asleep.
“My daughter came running into the room and said, 'Dad, there are headlights right outside my window.'”
Though McDonald's yard was torn up, he is quoted as saying, "Shit happens!".
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
This video needs no real introduction or commentary. It's simple and it's short. If you fall asleep, prepare to meet your dog's deposits!
For my part, I don't think I will be ale to get to seep very easily from now on. Every creak I hear will be Stamp It Out creeping towards my room with a kitchen towel full of heaving excrement.
Monday, October 12, 2009
Thursday, October 08, 2009
The sun is shining & the sea is blue. A young lady is enjoying her day at the beach, sunbathing in her bikini & sipping cold drinks.
She decides to take her little dog for a walk along the shoreline to show off her tan & to check out the local talent.
Her dog stops by a group of particularly hunky surfer dudes and they engage her in conversation. Suddenly the dog takes a huge dump on the sand in full view of everyone.
Oh no!! She doesn't have a bag & can't pick up the poo. She dies of embarrassment and never wants to show her face at the beach again.
She loves her dog & loves the beach but how is she ever to carry poo bags when wearing her favourite skimpy bikini without looking like a geek?
Introducing the "I Pick Up" poo bag carrier. I wont go into detail about the product or about its promotional video other than to say - I approve!!
Yes it's blatantly sexist & employs buxom girls in string bikinis to get the message across - but you have to agree that bikini clad girls discussing dog fouling is so much more appealing than Susan Bell - The Naked Pooper Scooper of New Hampshire, USA.
I've already ordered one to wear on my Speedos - a poo bag carrier not a girl in a bikini :-)
Monday, October 05, 2009
Saturday, October 03, 2009
I have just returned from my native land - Cornwall. As you will be aware, this is a very rural area. On each occasion,on which I went out for a walk, I found myself dodging piles of horse dung. As soon as you stray from the beaten path, you are instantly dodging rabbit, sheep and other deposits.
That said, dog fouling is still a major concern in this quiet and charming part of Britain.
Restormel council has gone as far as drawing attention to "removal of canine faeces byelaws". They even show you how to scoop the poop into a receptacle. What could be more helpful?
"Cllr. Claton reported Saturday’s football match was
cancelled because of dog faeces on the pitch. Cllr. Crewes to review the CCTV".
I also found this sign in my village. It caused me considerable concern. I can understand a clearing up rule but how can a dog be prevented from fouling? This also appears to make no allowance for the sudden onset of diarrhoea!
Thursday, October 01, 2009
But I never thought for one minute that I would be able to successfully blend music & dog fouling together - that was until I stumbled across Richard Reinke and his underrated classic "Dog Shit Blues".
There is only one recording of his song available and I found it! It may look amateurish, but listen to his lyrics. They are filled with passion & anger and really put across the frustration he has experienced when stepping in dog crap.
Forget Lennon & McCartney, Reinke says it as it is. Turn up the volume & kick back - this is nectar for your ears.
Monday, September 28, 2009
I could see why some councils were reluctant to follow his luminous lead - but it now appears that pavement spray painting is the tactic of choice for many local authorities in the UK.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
This was not, however, the view of councillors at Y Ferwig near Cardigan in Ceredigion. They linked Sir Bobby's recent advert for Actimel with dog fouling in children's play areas. A Mr Gooch declared there to be a huge problem with dog fouling adding; "If someone spots a dog foul the owner will quickly get a bag out of their pocket, but if there is no-one around they will ignore it."
Now I cannot imagine Sir Bobby standing idly by while his dog curls one out on a football field. Aside of anything else, the game has been his professional life.
The Advertising Standards Authority exonerated Sir Bobby, observing that the dog did not encroach onto the pitch. Well done! Sir Bobby's reputation remains untarnished.
Read the full story here.
Monday, September 21, 2009
At last, direct action by the public! If we cannot trust our elected representatives to act, then the people will!
I was in Crayford today, which neighbours the borough of Bexley. You will remember my post, where I showed the efforts being made by Bexley coucil. Clearly, this is not replicated in neighbouring Dartford.
Therefore, the people have acted and I saw the image below, which had been spray painted onto a pavement.
The people have spoken. There is no sign here about burglary or robbery. Nothing about serious violence. Let the government wake up and listen! "C" is not for "Crime" but rather "Canine Fouling"!
I feel moved by this outpouring of public support for our cause!
Sunday, September 20, 2009
From the city gent in New York to the Aboriginal hunter in Australia, from the Eskimo in the Arctic to the English Sunday league footballer, they have all got one thing in common - they have all stood in a dog turd and cursed the very ground these animals walk on.
This blog is littered with the campaigns, the initiatives, the "get tough" stories & the "zero tolerance" approaches that countries from around the world have tried & tried again.
But two countries stand head and shoulders above the rest of the world in their efforts to rid their streets of the steaming menace - Slovenia & Slovakia.
The first example is from Slovakia where dog fouling has progressed from a lowly number 2, to the top of the public polls of things that Slovakian's fear the most.
Their TV adverts put the rest of our feeble efforts to shame.
So successful was the campaign that it won 2 Gold & 1 Silver medal at this years Slovenian Advertising Festival and has now been rolled out across Slovenia.
Now every Sunday you can find families, the young & the old gathering dog shit together with a sense of Slovenian pride.
How do we do this in the UK ?
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
All visitors to this site will undoubtedly have spent much of their time spotting "dog fouling" signs. This is a good use of time.
Indulging in this meaninful exercise, I was pleased to see that Bexley council has decided to avoid the cost of affixing signs to lamp posts. As the new range of "anti-graffiti" style road signs are rolled out, Bexley council is including a logo as shown below.
Just look at this sign and the impact it has. Eventually, everywhere you walk in Bexley, there will be a visual reminder of the need to "clean it up". I am pleased to see this particular sign on a personal level. I have friends in Barnehurst and would hate to think that they live in a toilet.
Brighton is also coming along. They have chosen the option of placing a combined invitation on their litter bins.
This could, however, be a bit confusing. For example, does it mean that I should collect dog faeces from everywhere just to take them to the centre of Brighton? Who knows? Perhaps a solution would be to gather up the dog faeces from Bexley, take it to Brighton and fill the bins. That way, everybody wins! In the meantime, seal your letterbox!
Saturday, September 12, 2009
That individual was Councillor Greg Foxsmith - Executive Member for the Environment for Islington Council.
"I want to see a zero tolerance approach to those that allow their dogs to foul the streets", said Cllr Foxsmith, "and for this reason I am now going undercover as a street sweeper to see the problems experienced by our residents myself & to help identify those responsible."
Armed with an array of brushes, brooms & scrapers, Cllr Foxsmith can be seen tackling some of the most stubborn dog fouling stains in his borough.
Whilst admiring his efforts, other councillors have been understandably reluctant to join hands with him and pick up dog faeces. Islington Counil have therefore taken his idea one step further and introduced The Poover to their streets.
Tuesday, September 08, 2009
My favourite character was Mr T who played B.A.Baracus. The series has obviously long gone from our screens, but Mr T is still going strong and is still as vocal as ever on some of todays global problems.
So I was honoured when he decided to support the dog fouling campaign with this short motivation video giving his thoughts on the problem.
If we all followed Mr T's Commandments then the world would be a better place.
Thursday, September 03, 2009
This dog has the audacity to to emerge from the hedge (guess what it was doing!) and then leave a massive skid mark down the road.
I can only assume that this is as a result of deliberate training by the owner.
Where is the government when this is going on?
Tuesday, September 01, 2009
The note clearly listed step-by-step instructions and was entitled, "How to pick up dog poo". Clearly the author was trying to make a point as the park was laid out like a minefield of dog faeces!
2. When your dog stops & starts to smell the ground - get out a bag cause you are going to need it soon.
3. Put your hand in the bag, grab the dog poo from the ground and lift it up.
4. Turn the bag inside out (still holding the poo), tie and put in the bin.
5. Continue enjoying the walk with your dog.
Sounds easy, but why do so few people clean up after their dog ?
Will you take a stand and clean up the park or will you just turn the other cheek and let it all wash over you?
Best I can do is a £70 fine - how about you :-)
Thursday, August 27, 2009
The title character is deposited at the side of the road by a little dog. Poo then wonders about the meaning of life & why he exists and decides to travel the world.
He meets some friends along the way, including a leaf and a clump of soil(!), before eventually meeting a dandelion who uses him as fertilizer.
The moral of the story - even the humblest were created by God for a reason.
It was created by the Korean's - a race that have interesting views on dog fouling and how to deal with the resulting mess. Remember Dog Shit Girl ?
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Dick Felton of Keep Britiain Tidy has, at last, realised that dog fouling and red rubber bands are inextricably linked in the minds of the British public.
As Dick put it: "Elastic bands may not be as visually offensive as dog dirt or half-eaten pizza, but they are most definitely litter."
Postal workers appear to be claiming that they are discarding their rubber bands because they are being forced to work too fast. To date, I have yet to see a postal worker running down my road.
I thank the Guardian for highlighting the problem here.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Since this blog started I have shown you several of the weapons of war that are available to all in this never ending campaign.
From the cute designer poo bags and bizarre poo catcher to the chilling force behind poop freeze, not forgetting my favourite, the swooper scooper. I particularly like the way that the designer has incorporated an offensive weapon within this product.
Next up is this new product from America. I wont go into detail describing exactly what it does just yet, watch the video and see for yourself. As you do, marvel at the way that the inventor has created a product so discrete that you wouldn't even notice that your dog was wearing it - pure genius in design.
The company website includes a FAQ section which promises to answer all your nagging concerns.
I particularly like the way they emphasis the dogs excitement at using the product, the respect you will have for them, their indepth research and how it works particularly well with diarrhea!!!
Will my dog get used to "PooTrap" easily? : "Of course, they might feel a bit uncomfortable at first, however after 5 to 10 minutes when they are used to it, they will start to run happily again."
I'm sure my dog will not like it? : "Actually, according to our research 98% of dogs that use PooTrap for 3 days will be excited to see the product and their owner."
Should I always use the "PooTrap" when walking my dog? : "Yes, even when your dog is having diarrhea."
My dog doesn't feel respected when wearing the "PooTrap"? : "Babies wear diapers and they are truly loved by their parents, hence same applied to dog owners."
Can "PooTrap" be used when dogs are having diarrhea or at home? : "You will be glad to have PooTrap when your dog is having diarrhea. They can wear it in your home."
The product is priced from $29.95 for Poop Size 1 to $38.95 for Poop Size 8.
They don't explain how you work out your dogs Poop Size measurements, but I recon size 8 is an elephant judging by the size of the bags included!!
Saturday, August 22, 2009
While there, I decided to conduct some undercover work regarding red rubber bands. Such covert activity is not easy, therefore the quality of the following video is not perfect but it indicates the attitude of those, who would pollute our society with this foul menace, which glows red with the anger of Satan!
Now it would be easy to dismiss this as simply people not caring about their workplace but it is worse. This has clearly been done to provoke members of the public. It obviously works. While the assistant was getting my parcel, I took the following picture of a sign by the counter:
Quite clearly, they are aware of the effects and have faced abuse as a result. This does not require a sign, it requires action by the governement!
How long will this attack on our civilisation last?
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Needless to say I jumped at the opportunity and bought one to brighten up my office - now I can't wait until 2010!
Friday, August 14, 2009
Dog fouling might seem funny, right up to the point, when the product is on your foot. Now imagine that you have no shoes on!
That is exactly what happened to this lady.
It isn't funny and serves only to illustrate the effects of this disgusting crime.
If only all MPs would watch this and see the devastating effects!
This Video Is Hard Hitting. Be Warned Before Watching!
Sunday, August 09, 2009
Waltham Forest council is offering a reward of £100 to people, who provide information about dog fouling, which results in a summons being issued, £50 on conviction and £500 if the court imposes the maximum fine.
This is an ideal opportunity. I will get as many people as I can, who are on lower incomes, retired or unemployed, to let their dogs foul the stret while I video the act. Each will receive a lower end fine, let us say £50 maximum, leaving us with £100 to share between us.
Thank you, Waltham Fortest council, this will be a welcome source of additional income!
Tuesday, August 04, 2009
Friday, July 31, 2009
DogPoo Patrol Melbourne
I believe very much in free enterprise. Every time I break a window, I create employment for the person, who repairs it. Over the years, I have supported train maintenance companies, schools, public buildings, the list goes on.
This philosophy extends to Melbourne, where dog fouling has become an industry. It has become viable to let your property get covered in dog faeces and then employ the company to do the following:
We will clean your property thoroughly of all accumulated dog poo and take the waste away with us.
We will thoroughly disinfect our equipment before and after each visit.
We inform you of any apparent irregularities with your dog's poo.
We fill up the dog's water bowl when necessary and close the gate securely when we leave.
A service slip is left with each visit to your property.
To me, this is the green light for us all to allow our premises to become absolutely covered, I will fill the employment void. I have a renewed purpose in life.
See their website here.
Stick with the blog and I will be back in 2 weeks - If you are very good I may even send you a postcard :-)