Monday, February 27, 2012

Dog "Excrement" Song

Well, that's the polite title anyway!

Once again, music has developed from a dog fouling experience. On this occasion, it appears that the composer, duttz52, "surfed" all the way home after a night out. I think we can all relate to that experience.

The video is also of the surf. I'm sure the composer did this as a play on words. I liked it, it reminded me of Cornwall, which has so often featured on this blog.

As ever, this music provoked some emotional reaction in me. On this occasion, it made me want to dance in the streets in several piles of faeces!

We Are Not Alone - South Poop - Fellow Campaigners!

We absolutely are not alone. I believed that this blog was fighting the world on its own. I saw a bleak future, a dark tunnel with no light, a fouled park with no clean grass! Just as I had hit the pits of despair, South Poop came along and lifted my heart. They have even featured us on their site.

If you look at their blog, it is clear that we have even sourced and published much of the same material. It appears that they discovered us on hearing me being interviewed on BBC Radio Scotland.

I feel it only right that we should make reference to their site in return.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

FlamingBaguette - A Meaningful Video!

FlamingBaguette is a man after our own hearts. He has taken the trouble to make a video, which has everything in it.

It has captivating music, it has scenery, it has a hint of romance, it has a dog, it has faeces.

It left me wondering what happens next. Will there be a sequel? Will there be love or will he simply kick the faeces at the offender? Had he insured his trainers? Will the girl leave her current boyfriend for him and signify this by posting the faeces to her ex? Will they both lose control and wreck a dog bin?

I don't know the answer to any of these but I hope that the story will continue.

Enjoy this video, I know that I did!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

News Shopper, Snow and Alleyways

Once again, the News Shopper has hit the nail on the head regarding dog fouling. Our thanks must, again, go to our South London/North Kent operative, Julian, for bringing these matters to our attention.

Alleyways are a constant issue. Bexley leads the way again. The footpath between Heath Way and Northumberland Way is absolutely awash! Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator for Heath Way, Claire Watts, sums it up: "We have to do the poo dance on the way to school". Mum-of-two Katie Melville, who uses a pushchair, said: "If it gets on the wheels it comes in my house". This is just the problem, which we have always emphasised!

Snow is also a real issue for us. We have seen a video below of dog fouling in the snow. Is it really an issue, which bothers people?

Ask L Williams of Biggin Hill. He likes the snow but hates dog fouling. For him, this is so serious that he asks: "where are the community police when we need them"? As we read his views I can only observe: "amen to that"!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Driveways, Snow and Dog Fouling

Here at Dog Fouling and Red Rubber Bands, we have made so many references to snow and driveways that it would not be possible to link to them all.

Sometimes, a simple video tells the whole story and we are, therefore, extremely grateful to jusminerose100 for this simple but powerful video. It says it all. It's snowing and the light is fading (another topic, which we have featured before).

A dog owner walks his/her dog along. The owner appears to have a poo bag in his/her hand but fails to clean up after the dog appears to defecate right in the middle of the entrance to the drive!

I have examined the video and can't decide if the dog merely urinates but, whatever the truth might be, this video once again shows the power of CCTV and the need to use surveillance for the right reasons!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Dog Fouling a Problem In Newport?

Well it clearly is for EpicZebraTime!

This song is full of feeling and passion as well as a mass of bad language but we are all adults.

Again, the feeling of the song leaves me with little to say.

If music be the food of excrement, foul on!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Kev Codey, SOAP and Dog Excrement

Now you could be forgiven for thinking that SOAP relates to washing away the effects of the excrement mentioned in the title of this post. You would, however, be wrong. SOAPis actually the Saltburn Open Acoustic Platform, which appears to take place at the Conservative club in Saltburn.

From what I can see, this is one of those enjoyable events, where local artists take to the stage and perform. Given the community orientated nature of such events, it comes as no surprise that dog fouling should feature.

I can't really add anything to this other than to observe that, once again, music has been used to deliver the dog fouling message. Many thanks to Kev Codey for giving us this song and to teesidesteve for giving us the video.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Night Vision Goggles - Not Just a Military Option!

Or it certainly isn't for Hyndburn council in Lancashire. Our thanks must go to the Mail Online for bringing us this story.

We've seen controversy over the use of CCTV and covert surveillance systems to combat dog fouling. Now, the use of night vision equipment to combat after dark dog fouling is bound to raise further issues of liberty v the public interest.
Councillor Ken Moss is absolutely with us and appears to have thrown his weight behind the night vision initiative. He states:"Most dog walkers are creatures of habit and if people are regularly offending in the same spot, the wardens could use that information to stamp out the irresponsible minority". Has Ken been reading our blog and seen that our founder and leader is known as "stamp on it"? Could it be that Ken is looking to slip in a pun without his electorate realising? We don't know but we welcome his support.

As ever, our thoughts should really be with those, who have to engage in the enforcement activity. While we are all grateful for our jobs in this recession hit world, not many of us would hide in bushes at night to detect dogs fouling the environment and then having to jump out on the owner. One day, it could be a vicar's wife as her poodle let's one go in the park. Not an easy situation to manage! Seeing this picture in the Mail, I imagined the following radio transmission: "Ranger control, ranger control from Alpha 1, fouling at 33 degrees north, request air support and a shovel". Hyndburn dog warden Fran Gibbons shows how his team will operate as they try to catch offenders in the town centre and elsewhere. As a closing thought, where would you really focus your attention on a night time patrol? I would suggest the ground. You won't catch anybody but you'll spare your carpets!

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

The Carrot, The Stick and the Stupid Advert

There is often a debate raging regarding whether or not dog fouling should be combated by penalising irresponsible owners or educating them.

Paris has featured on this bog before and appears to be aiming for the title of dog poo capital of Europe. In Europe we have a long history of criminalising anything, which involves more than merely walking along and breathing at a set rate. Hence, the new mayor of Paris, Jean Tiberi, has put aside concerns that every dog owner is a potential voter and has vowed to engage in rigorous enforcement activity. John Lichfield, a reporter for The Independent appears to live in Paris and testifies to the colourful nature of the streets. He quotes a M Midel, who has two small children. He says that he, like all Parisian parents, has taught them to walk like Parisians, not like tourists. "When we go into town, I don't say to them, `look how beautiful the streets are', or `look at the wonderful shop window'. I say, `look down and look ahead or you will stand in the crottes de chien".

While this represents the "stick" aspect, I like the "carrot" from New York. While you cannot look down in New York any more than you can in Paris, they have a different approach. They have the fantastic idea of poo bags with bar codes, which can be scanned and exchanged for coupons (poopons). See the explanation below.

Quite frankly I would, personally speaking, gather up a load of the bags and divide my daily deposit three ways every morning. That way I'd be looking at a free coffee every lunch time!

To round off, a mortgage company advert in the US has nothing to do with the above theme but I feel that it adds considerably to the debate!

Sunday, February 05, 2012

Snow and Bananas

Overnight the UK turned white with nearly 12" of snow dumped in my area alone. As beautiful as it is, I have to remind you all of the dangers it can hold. Yellow snow is the first sign you should look out for!!

The next problem is working out how to pick up dog poop in the snow. Well worry no more - iScoopy Pal have that one sorted for you.

The only problem I have with their promotional video is why are they picking up ripe bananas instead of ripe dog faeces?

If dog's pooped bananas then just think of all the lovely Banoffee pie we could be making instead of picking up dog shit :-)   

Saturday, February 04, 2012

Poop My Shoe - A Song to Touch All Hearts

There have been many songs published on this blog. Needless to say, they have varied in quality. Once in a while, a good song thrusts itself at us. I can truly say this of this rendition of "Poop my Shoe". It almost had tears welling up in my eyes. I love the way it doesn't focus just on dog faeces but covers a broad spectrum of animal deposits. I challenge you to listen without experiencing a wide range of emotional reactions.

I wish I could say the same thing about "Dog Poop on my Shoe". After listening to the song featured above, I felt calm and serene. After listening to this offering, it was all I could do not to cut my computer screen to watch the plasma ooze out! Music is such a powerful medium!

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Poo Alley and the Scary Councillor - Bromley

The News Shopper has provided us with informative reports in the past. On this occasion, my thanks must go to one of our South London/North Kent operatives, Julian, for bringing this story to our attention.

Mr Damian Cerase (right) is tired of the state of the path that runs off Magpie Hall Lane in Bromley to Princes Plain Primary School and then on to Bishop Justus School. It appears that it is awash! Damian has been moved to consider putting up a sign, giving the alley the name, by which it is known to local parents and residents.

Councillor Colin Smith (left), Deputy Leader of the Council and Portfolio Holder for Environment, is clearly determined to put the fear of all things bad into offenders by stating that those, who fail to clean up, "will increasingly find themselves on the wrong end of a fixed penalty notice and £80 fine as this is an area we are determined to clamp down on during 2012".

As if this wasn't enough to scare the hardest offender, Colin goes on to shock us further by declaring "Problem areas will also see hard hitting posters being put up ...". Now I've been around a bit and have seen some of the harder aspects of life but I must say that when I read that Colin was threatening people with a "hard hitting poster" my legs gave and, had I not been seated already, I would have hit the deck like a sack of spuds!

I can give no greater tribute to this whole episode than to publish a picture from the News Shopper that serves to illustrate the problem in the alley.

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