by Tom Topping
The other morning I was getting myself going on some errands when former Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council President Steve Early came by walking his dog. As he walked past with his giant St. Bernard in tow, the dog stopped in our yard and did his business. Early didn’t stop, didn’t turn around and kept on walking. Again, the dog pooped on the sidewalk in front of the neighbor’s house. Early kept on walking.
A few days later on my morning walk, I saw him riding his motorcycle, so I asked him about that.
He responded in a very aggressive and hostile manner, so much so, I wondered if he was having problems at home or work.
“I always clean up after my dog. I had forgotten to bring a bag with me. I came back later and cleaned it up,” he declared.
A few minutes later, as I neared home, the dried remnants of the droppings were dried into the concrete of the sidewalk by the neighbor’s house. Yes, I took a photo, and no, I’m not printing it in the paper. In our yard, the droppings remain untouched, right where I saw the dog leave them.
Steve, don’t let your dog poop in my yard, or on my sidewalk or on the sidewalk next door either. Be considerate of your neighbors who don’t want your dog using their yard and their sidewalk as his toilet, even if you do pick it up. Find someone else’s yard to poop in, and try not being so hostile when a neighbor politely mentions it to you. That way, you won’t end up reading about it in the local paper.
by Tom Topping