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Old 08-18-2010, 07:08 AM   #1
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Oh the joys of camping after pets have been there.
We are on a two week vacation and so far have been in seven different camp grounds. Nice camp grounds that are affiliated with a large network. Most have been in New York state.
Second night out pull into site, step out of truck and just miss a big pile. See deposits in most camp grounds we stop at. I realize most pet owners are good about the problem but many are not.
Yesterday we were ready to leave our site when my wife needed to got back in the camper so I waited in the truck. The truck was in the shade and motor wasn't running. Along came about a ten year old boy walking a white poodle, the dog walked over to do his business in a camp site, the boy kept looking around, glancing over his shoulders looking all around. When the dog was done he just walked off and left the deposit.
I know no one on here would ever do this but somebody is leaving these deposits around and it is disgusting.

One other thing when I meet you and your pet and you introduce yourself and your pet please don't expect me to address your pet by name and talk to them like they are a human being. Pets are wonderful and I like them but they are an animal after all.

Sorry if I come across a crabby but I am tired of this ****.


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Old 08-18-2010, 08:11 AM   #2
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while i agree 100% on the 'deposits' issue - in fact, i've called out grown men on this issue when caught ....

Pets are wonderful and I like them but they are an animal after all.
i wonder if you have kids?

darn kids, always screaming, crying, leaving toys around to trip on ...
i don't really care what your kids names are either. don't expect me to address them by name. its "hey you!" to all of um!

[sarcasm, joking!]

my birdies are my kids. i work from home and spend all day with them. i would jump in front of a moving car to save them. they know when i am sick and they sit quietly on my lap to comfort me. they each have their own personalities and express love. they give kisses and preen me, they know right from wrong, they play and get silly and occasionally crabby and tired, just like I do.

So when you say ..."they are an animal after all"...
Some people with pets think they are more than 'just an animal'.

And frankly, my birds are smarter than most 2 and 3 year olds. so i do talk to them like they are human
(and they talk back.)

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Old 08-18-2010, 10:12 AM   #3
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I love my pets, but I also clean up after them, and try not to let them mess in other campsites in the first place. People who don't clean up after their dogs, or let their dogs run loose so they don't even know where they are or what they're leaving behind, are a big pet peeve of mine as well.

I usually don't introduce my dog to anyone unless they show interest and ask. I can usually tell by how they ask if they are dog people or not. I do get a lot of enjoyment from my dog, and enjoy his company when I'm camping. He's a pretty good icebreaker at rallies.

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Old 08-18-2010, 12:19 PM   #4
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I am in line with Stephenie. I think of my 3 dogs as my children would not think twice to defend them as if they were. Calling a child a dog owner is a big stretch, a dog owner in training at the most. Once again this behavior falls back on the parents .

As far as stepping in it. That is a life lesson to say watch your step. It is camping there will be bugs, mud and dog sh@#. But I may be jaded because the horse and cow droppings in my area are much more of a shoe full when your not looking :-w
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Old 08-18-2010, 01:38 PM   #5
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Watch where ya step.....
Kick some dirt on it.....
Don't follow too close......
Don't go around barefoot.......
If ya step in it, dont get in the truck with those shoes on......
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Old 08-18-2010, 04:03 PM   #6
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that's why i like it where i stay. the first time your dog leaves a 'gift' that doesn't get picked up. you get a warning. the second time, you see the gate for the last time. i shouldn't have to watch my step. it isn't so hard to pick up after your dog.
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Old 08-18-2010, 04:21 PM   #7
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You should have said something to the kid- or his parents.
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Originally Posted by Wayne&Sam View Post
You should have said something to the kid- or his parents.
Ditto this. If you don't help educate, you're contributing to the problem.

As for your other comments about pets, we'll have to agree to disagree.
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Old 08-18-2010, 10:03 PM   #9
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Not cleaning up after pets is just plain lazy and rude. And letting them run around off-leash in a campground is just not a good idea. We love dogs but they don't always like each other ... and even the gentlest and most well-meaning dogs can scare little kids ...
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Old 08-19-2010, 08:57 AM   #10
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Hey man - don't *dis* the dogs! They're just doing what comes naturally. It's our duty to clean up if we're taking them off our property!

Though, we're "just animals" too, right? I think all mammals are animals - even us homosapiens. I hate to be so arrogant to think I'm better than all the other creatures. Dogs bathroom behavior is difficult to deal with, but we contribute significant (poorly planned) impacts on others too.

Funny - TIME magazine's cover story this week: "What animals Think - new science reveals they're smarter than we realized" - with a picture of a little pug. Great stories about birds and other creatures - their intellect, self-awareness, tool using, etc.

I am a fanatic about cleaning up after my dogs. I get irritated when I see others not picking up the poo - mostly because it seems to speak for all us pet owners - but what 'cha going to do? Just like campers who constantly use profanity (loud - and when kids are present), leave on the tunes at all hours, throw trash on the ground: there are a lot of inconsiderate folks out there - and some don't even realize it!


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