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If your dog poops – you scoop, and 10 other rules of life

If you dog poops-you scoop

Every morning when I walk Martha, our dog, I walk past a sign: If your dog poops – you scoop. There are two signs at either end of a strip of grass between the sidewalk and the road. The house is isolated on a corner, there are no neighbors across the street, just empty lots marked: lot for sale, option of finished basement.

A dog owner not carrying a plastic bag could easily let their dog poop on the grass here and not be seen.

Someone else can do it.

“Hey, why pick up my dog’s poop? Someone else can do it. No one saw my dog poop, so why should I pick it up? And, I didn’t even bring a bag.”

When I walked Martha today, I thought, how sad it is that the homeowner had to make a sign. I think it is so obvious that you pick up your dog’s poop. But maybe I am wrong.

We need more signs. 

Maybe what we need is more signs. Every yard needs a sign about dog poop, and every sidewalk needs a sign that says, “Don’t spit on the sidewalk.”

We need more signs in this world. People have forgotten how to be responsible. I also need to make signs for my home.

10 Rules of life

  1. If you drink all the milk throw away the empty carton.
  2. Wipe out the sink when you spit out your toothpaste.
  3. When you take off your socks in front of the TV put them in the laundry.
  4. Throw away your banana peel, don’t leave it where ever you peeled it.
  5. Throw away your popsicle wrappers, don’t leave them on the counter.
  6. If you spill milk wipe it up.
  7. Don’t spit on the sidewalk.
  8. Don’t wear muddy shoes in the house.
  9. Wash your own dishes, don’t leave them for someone else.
  10. Put away your toys.

When you walk your dog carry a plastic bag, just in case. You never know when your dog might poop. It is always better to be prepared.

Someone else can do it? That someone is you.

Carry a plastic bag when you walk your dog

Can you think of any rules of life to add to my list? What other signs need to be made?

Please let me know in the comments. I would love to chat.


About Pamela Hodges

My name is Pamela Hodges. I am a writer and an artist. I write to encourage and to bring laughter. I paint cats, draw cartoons and write books for children and grown ups.

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  • I don’t want to leave a hundred, although I could, but how about don’t leave your wet clothes in the washing machine, and don’t leave your dry clothes in the dryer?

    • Thank you Kathleen. I think those need signs as well.