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I went for my first walk of 2016 this morning after taking a break over the holidays. I normally walk 2 km a day and from the way the scale talked to me this morning, it was time to get my butt in gear and lose about a dozen pounds packed on over the festive season.

I took my normal route along Fenwick Cres to the south east end, then over to Hebert, then into Forest Park, over to Forest Drive, cut across Falstaff and hook up with the north east end of Fenwick again and return home. It is about a 2 km trek and I try to do it daily and sometimes twice in one day.

It was very nippy this morning and the snow crunched under my feet as I walked. As soon as I got onto the walking trail in the park approaching the playground, I noticed a big doggy dump just off the walkway. I didn't go 10 more paces and there was another. And another and another and another.

How big a pig does a dog owner have to be to let their dog shit all over the park and just leave it there for someone to have to clean up in the spring before the kids start using the playground?

They clean it up along all the streets and I assume that is because people can see them, but once they enter the park, they become completely irresponsible and ignore the signs posted right in front of them to clean up after their dogs.

The saddest part is that it will in the end be the city who has to clean it up and you know what that means, don't you? It means that we will all wind up paying for the pigs who use the park. Shame on these bad dog owners.


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Same thing over here in the A's.  Dog crap on the sidewalks even - looks to be same dog, hopefully I can catch this lowlife dog owner, plus the parks as well.  Sickening.
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Couldn't agree more and we have 2 dogs! Absolutely infuriates me as it reflects on all dog owners. It is just pure laziness and a total disregard for others - I'd hate to see what their backyard looks like!
 
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What's the betting that dogs belonging to such irresponsible owners are not up-to-date on vaccinations etc., thereby putting at risk the health of other dogs. I have two giant breeds and we pick up every time and I don't take my dogs to areas, such as the off-leash dog park, where it quickly becomes obvious that some dog owners disregard basic protocols.
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Hope you can give verifiable independent scientific proof to the validity of yearly vaccines before condemning some dog owners for not vaccinating their dogs. Keep in mind that many vaccines, once given, are good for the life of the dog. Dogs smellng the feces of other dogs helps to boost immune memory response. So if you're looking at that angle, smelling feces is a good thing for dogs - not so much for humans, especially kids.

Going back to the original issue, kudos should go out to those owners who pick up the extra feces or two they find. They are out there and their decent owners.
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Wow, Galt, you made some hugh assumptions here. I never mentioned yearly vaccinations, merely vaccinations. My vet and I work together on this and only vaccinate when a blood titre shows it's needed. Yes it costs more but that's just fine. I also am on a number of world wide FB pages that are breed specific, other members include vets, breeders and researchers. So, yes I do my research - I trained as a scientist.
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Actually while there might be some benefits to dogs smelling feces there is also a lot of risk. Diseases like kennel cough are commonly spread through infected feces.
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Also parvo, which can be deadly, especially in young dogs. I seem to recall that a few years ago there was a distemper outbreak in the area- again can be deadly.
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You're right. You never mentioned yearly vaccinations.

As a trained scientist you will be quite aware that titres do not measure true immunity to a particular pathogen.

Kennel cough - is a self-limiting disease. It runs a typical 20 day course with the the bigger percentage affected showing recovery within five days regardless if vaccinated or not. Those who are immune-compromised it will take longer. An interesting side note, viral shedding for kennel cough occurs longer in vaccinated dogs than unvaccinated.

As for parvo, it has to be questioned if vaccinations are not keeping the virus alive as the vaccine sheds the virus. Efficacy varies from vaccine to vaccine.

Distemper - again vaccine efficacy varies. It is also known that the vaccine virus sheds in milk. The virus itself is fairly unstable outside the host and can be eliminated by most disinfectants. Outbreaks that occur can affect both vaccinated and non-vaccinated dogs alike.
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People complaining about stepping in dog poop during their daily constitutionals might sound funny - that is, if you don't have to scrape the crap off your boots. 

By the way, does anyone know how to scrape crap off your cat's fur? 

I'm leash training my cat, but sometimes he'll just take a few steps and then throw himself on the sidewalk.  Then I have to drag him about 10 feet - until he get's the idea that I'm not prepared to give up. 

I tried that washing suggestion I'd read about on FB (i.e. toss cat in toilet & flush twice), but it's still pretty darned messy.
 
 
 
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