This past weekend someone stapled a notice, exhorting dog owners to clean up after their animals, on the trunk of a spruce tree near the beginning of the flume trail downtown. “Dog poop is gross”, it said. The author or authors identified themselves as belonging to “responsible dog owners of Juneau”, or something to that effect. They also expressed concern that some trails might be closed to dog traffic if unattended dog poop continues to be a problem.
By Tuesday morning, or possibly earlier, the sign had been ripped down. As a resident near the flume, I’m frequently presented with piles of dog turds around my mailbox, parking place and yard. A couple years ago I placed a no dog poop sign in a conspicuous area near the road below my house, but it was also quickly removed. It seems there’s a militant minority of defiant dog owners who are hell bent on allowing their dogs to poop wherever they please, or are somehow in denial. Out of sight, out of mind? Well, from now on I plan make an extra effort to shovel any dog poop found in my area directly into the street, where hopefully these lazy and inconsiderate folks will be the ones to dance about or step in it.