Do I come in your house and poop on your carpet? That’s what you may as well do when you leave your dogs’ mess on the sidewalk. When I step in it or drive my stroller through it, then walk back into my house, you have just put fecal matter inside my home. What’s wrong with you? Leaving it on the grass is bad enough, but right on the sidewalk? Seriously?
This morning I crossed paths with a woman pushing a stroller, accompanied by two loose dogs. I had to leave the sidewalk and go out into the street to avoid her. She condescending said to me “It’s OK, they’re with me.” I just glared at her. It most certainly was not “OK” that they were with her. We have a leash law here for the safety of both dogs and people. These dogs were not particularly well-behaved, and were not at heel, but trotting up and down the sidewalk sniffing everything, including me. She was finally able to call back the one that decided to follow me.
I also hate having my fight-or-flight reflexes stimulated, and my children frightened, by dogs in their yards that bark and charge aggressively at a fence as I walk by on a public sidewalk.
I am so grateful that most owners are responsible, like our dear neighbors across the alley. I wish the rest of you would realize what an annoying burden you foist on those of us who must put up with you and your dogs’ bad behavior.