Dear Abby: Dog owners urged not to throw rubbish in neighbors’ garbage

DEAR ABBY: I am responding to your request for comments regarding your response to “Doggy Business” (Oct 28). Please implore your readers not to put their dog’s poop in their neighbors’ garbage cans, even if the garbage cans are on the street. It might sound harmless, but I live near a park and dog walkers use my trash every day as if it was a public utility.

My trash cans quickly fill up with endless poop bags, sometimes between five and ten a day. Garbage is only picked up every other week in my community. I’m sure your readers can do the math. Then I end up having to get around all that crap, and not only can my garbage perpetually stink the sky, but I have to be careful with what I throw out myself.

Rough materials will shatter these bags and poop will spill all over the inside of the box. I am currently saving to modify the retaining wall on my property so that I can keep receptacles away from the street, but I am at the mercy of dog owners until I can afford this renovation.

Please, if you have a dog, be a good neighbor. Be responsible for its waste. If you don’t want to carry it around, get your dog a harness or bag with a pocket and throw it in your own canister when you get home. – PEVE IN THE NORTHWEST PACIFIC

DEAR PEVE: I informed “Doggy Business” that throwing your dog’s waste in the neighbors’ garbage is a big no-no. After asking the readers’ opinions, an AVALANCHE of responses descended. The vast majority agreed with me, expressing disdain for the practice and explicitly sharing the messy and smelly details of their experiences.

Some areas require waste to be placed in a large plastic bag sealed in the receptacle. When the garbage collectors remove the bag, the small poop bags can spill out and the contents scatter on the street. Worse, if the bags are tossed in a neighbor’s trash AFTER collection, those bags stay at the bottom and smell bad for days.

Readers, encourage dog walkers to take a larger bag with them or carry a multi-compartment fanny pack to carry their pets’ “keepsakes” home.

DEAR ABBY: Our curious children pressured us to explain their heritage. I am appalled. I was taught that this is something parents should say, not children to ask. Many of our friends who are their parents’ executors are now being interviewed by siblings as the parent is ill and fights for life. Please explain to readers what is the best label when it comes to inheritance. – UNCERTAIN IN CALIFORNIA

DEAR UNCERTAIN: I know this can be a sensitive subject, but it is also an important subject. While some disagree with me, I happen to favor open communication on money matters. Too often, money (and the promise of it) is used to manipulate and control family members. It is not a question of etiquette. If adult children are to inherit, they must learn to manage money wisely and responsibly at an early age. And, if the circumstances change and the estate is affected, the heirs should be notified as early as possible so that they are prepared and not shocked.

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