If you live on a popular dog-walking route, you may from time to time have to face this: Rather than carrying their dogs’ biowaste production home, people have dropped it in your trash can as they passed.
You have to give them credit in one respect: At least they picked it up in a plastic bag instead of leaving it in front of somebody’s house, or on the sidewalk where unwary walkers could step if their eyes were on the horizon instead of in front of their feet.
Albany is not, of course, the only place to deal with this, or the only Albany. When you google the “ethics of dog poop,” you find a nice essay on the subject in “All Over Albany,” a website for the capital region of New York state.
The author begins with this point: There are lots of important issues in life, and this is not one of them.
The point is even more valid today, with the corona virus in short supply and our politics seemingly on an endless slide. Still, it’s worth not touching — certainly not touching — but at least thinking about this topic.
Yes, it may be embarrassing to be carrying a sack full of canine excrement while taking Fido out for his walk, especially when he’s done his thing early on, and you still have an hour to get home.
So it’s easy to understand the urge to ditch the bag the first chance you get. And if there’s a trash can sitting on the curb, what’s the harm in dropping it there?
No great harm, maybe. But it’s your dog and your stinking bag, and the trash can is NOT yours. (hh)