Monday, June 17, 2019

Its time to drop an empty 'white flag bag' marker NEAR dog shit and shame the owners.

I'm retired.  I walk everywhere eg.

Tempe to Cleveland Dam via Upper Levels Highway and back via Evergreen bridge to Tempe (14K);

VGH via Broadway and Granville via Lions Gate Bridge to Tempe (19.1K); 

Gastown Steam clock to Tempe (13K)   (2 hours to Edgemont Village from Gastown).

I'm an all weather conditions walker and take the precautions on how to keep myself dry when sitting on a bench, a log, or a rock for a rest.   I use two white bags provided by Metro Vancouver.


On my walks, the only place I see dog shit aplenty, is in the Capilano River Regional Park where dogs are permitted to be off leash on most trails, but are still required to be under control of their owners at all times.


The dogs are out of sight, out of mind of the owners.

I have a solution for the shit:

Shame the Dog Walkers into picking up their shit so
 we won't step INTO  IT

When I spy a feces, most days at Capilano Regional Park, I pick up a small rock from the trail, drop it into one of 'my' white plastic bag to prevent the bag from blowing away.  I then place the bag twelve inches away from the shit so it won't fall into the shit, and then I walk away.


There is no data collected by the 'authorities' on how much poop is left around which 'carry pathogens including coliform bacteria, salmonella and giardia .....'

If dog walkers don't pick up the shit, hot or cold, and place it in the white bag provided by Metro Vancouver, and not deposit it in the waste containers, it will only go to serve as a marker to the general public on just how much is being ignored by owners who claim its:



 Canine Code of Conduct:  Always be courteous. Don't give other trail users any reason to complain. Set an example by being a conscientious owner with a well-behaved dog enjoying the trails.  

Since dogs are meat eaters, their feces can carry pathogens including coliform bacteria, salmonella and giardia which can contaminate soil and water (and make people sick). Some parasites can linger in soil for years. This can put young children at risk if they inadvertently eat contaminated dirt or grass.

Over 350,000 dogs in Metro Vancouver produce dog waste each day. Where should it go?   Keeping dog waste off the ground is important. People walk on paths and parks and no one wants to step or slip in your dog's waste. It's not a fertilizer, and does not disappear in the rain. - Metro Vancouver

3 and half years of walking

Cleveland Dam ---  Let me count the days


North Van's Grumps said...

It adds up!

In 2010, 10 million visits were made to Metro Vancouver Regional Parks. It’s estimated that 24% (2.4 million) of these visits included a dog. A medium sized dog (e.g. cocker spaniel) discharges 0.34 kg of feces and about 720 ml of urine each day. Using these averages, that means about 961 half-ton truckloads of feces and 513 oil drums of urine are deposited in Metro Vancouver regional parks each year.
... And it gets around

Dogs typically defecate along the first 100 to 150 metres of a trail. Two or three days’ worth of poop from about 100 dogs can contribute enough bacteria to temporarily close a bay to swimming and shellfishing.

e.a.f. said...

I've bee a dog owner since the late 1980s and kept my dog on a leash at all times. Its dangerous for the dog and others to be off leash. dogs shitting in parks should be forbidden and dogs in parks ought not to be let off leash these are parks people go into and we don[t need the shit. dog owners seem to think their dogs shit doesn't stick to shoes, doesn't stink and is contamination free. well they may love their dogs, but shit is shit and if they don't want to pick it up others don't either. Dogs ought to be on leashes in all parks. none of this off leash shit either. my dogs were off leash in my own fenced yard only, with me present. dogs ought not to be permitted on playing fields either. in my opinion, children's health takes priority over a dogs right to shit where it wants.