Dog parents, there is no Poop Fairy!

Opinion: Letters To The Editor

Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter

I've lived on a corner in Oak Park for a long time. As a result, I have a pretty good idea of how many "dog parents" act responsibly by picking up the waste their charges leave behind. During the summer, very rarely do I have to pick up after their dogs.

However, I've noticed a trend this fall. As the leaves have come down, I notice more poop on my lawn left by irresponsible owners. Either the dog owners are lazy or they believe that covering up their dog's poop with leaves makes it disappear. I have news for you: There is no Fall Poop Fairy who disposes of your dog's poop even if covered by leaves. Please revert back to your practices of the summer and pick up your dog's waste products.

By the way, there is no Winter Poop Fairy either, so covering up your dog's poop with snow doesn't make it disappear either!

Robert Larson

Oak Park


Reader Comments

23 Comments - Add Your Comment

Note: This page requires you to login with Facebook to comment.

Comment Policy


Posted: February 27th, 2014 3:10 PM

Once the technology is cheaper, this would be a great use of drones: catching dog poop scofflaws.

Done from Oak Park  

Posted: February 27th, 2014 12:34 PM

This winter has been especially bad. Just take a lap around Longfellow Park and count the piles. I have a pretty good idea about one of the culprits, but it is beyond appalling that just because there is snow on the ground, they don't need to clean after their dog. I'd hate to see their apartment - oops, I mean house.

PS from Arlington Heights, IL  

Posted: February 27th, 2014 12:06 PM

There is absolutely no excuse for anyone else's dog to be on your property without your permission- whether pooping or not. Complain to the local police. Most dog walks take place between 6:30 and 8:30 AM and 4:30 and 5:30 PM. You could try recording video and posting your property with a video surveillance sign.

Henry from Oak Park  

Posted: November 26th, 2013 12:03 PM

There are no legitimate excuses to leave it there. NONE. Only lame rationalizations. Thankfully, only a tiny minority are the problem and they are def not reading this article, averting eyes because they KNOW what they do. So, only way to deal w/them is to stalk and bust them by calling it in: 708.358.5680 is the Village number. I've walked out and introduced myself to folks and gotten their name and asked them to come pick it up. Next time calling it in. A little risky, but prob not.


Posted: November 20th, 2013 5:59 PM

"Poop sinks in both leaves and snow. That's just physics." You act as if a black hole opens up and sucks in your dog's waste immediately upon hitting the ground. You're lazy, just admit it. You're standing right there, there's no excuse to not pick it up other than to not have a bag. Perhaps if you had a front lawn riddled with other lazy people's dog's waste you wouldn't be so cavalier with your attitude. It's really not that hard to do and if you can't, perhaps you shouldn't own a dog.

Speedway from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: November 20th, 2013 5:21 PM

Lori, people like you are not the problem. I wish there were more like you. Like I said before, sometimes good neighbors are hard to find.

Lori M from Oak Park  

Posted: November 20th, 2013 4:07 PM

@Poop Narc - How do you know when I walk my dog and why do you assume it's late? I walk by dog at 6PM when I get home from's dark by 5PM. And I'm obsessive about cleaning up - I bring extra bags and paper towels, and as I mentioned, a flash light.

M from OP from Oak Park  

Posted: November 20th, 2013 1:16 PM

These folks found a solution with a doggie dna database. See

Very Concerned Oak Parker from Oak Park  

Posted: November 20th, 2013 1:09 PM

Surely this crisis can be solved by voting to raise our own property taxes again! Or perhaps this type of matter is solved with another non-binding referendum?

Poop Narc  

Posted: November 20th, 2013 11:45 AM

@Lori: People like you who walk your dogs so late always strike me as totally sketchy...LMAO

Done from Oak Park  

Posted: November 20th, 2013 11:27 AM

What actually is the policy on reporting someone who does not clean up after their dog? Do I call OP police? Will they even give a shit (sorry - I had to do it)?

Speedway from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: November 20th, 2013 11:01 AM

Ergo Perils of CS, you are a narcissistic ass!

The perils of changing seasons  

Posted: November 20th, 2013 10:50 AM

@TPODO My rule is if it's after 9pm and the temperature is less than 40 degrees, I give it 60 seconds of searching in leaves or snow higher than a foot tall.

Future Village Manager from Oak Park  

Posted: November 20th, 2013 10:45 AM

In addition to the mandatory licensing of canines that already exists, I propose an ordinance requiring canines to wear diapers.

Neighbor from Oak Park  

Posted: November 20th, 2013 10:32 AM

I often see dog poop on the sidewalk as well as on the grass. It grosses me out and I find it offensive. As a dog owner myself, it embarrasses me so I clean up other dogs poop as well as my dog's, not because I'm particularly virtuous. I would advocate for a law with heavy fines to be paid if someone is caught not cleaning up after their dog. It's BS that it's so hard to poop in the leaves and snow. You just have to bother to make a small effort. Perils, people are right to complain.

Lori M from Oak Park  

Posted: November 20th, 2013 10:08 AM

It really is hard to see the poop at night even if you're standing right next to the dog - I carry a flashlight though.

Henry from Oak Park  

Posted: November 20th, 2013 10:06 AM

There's so so much inconsiderate behavior that everyone commits all the time. Abandoned poop is right there with passing gas in the elevator or burping in someone's face. It's not just inconsiderate, it literally leaves the victim retching. And don't come back with "it's just poop, get over it" - the pooper/farter/burper has to give way to the one with (even irrational) sensitivities.

The perils of dog ownership  

Posted: November 20th, 2013 9:41 AM

@Tpocs: To answer your question, I'd say four hours, on your hands and knees and with a flashlight is reasonable. After all, it's not only your job but your legal responsibility to monitor your doggie's daily deposits. Certainly, should four hours not be enough, I don't think anyone would begrudge you a hot meal and a good night's sleep before you return to resume your poopquest in the morning. Hope that helps.

Speedway from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: November 20th, 2013 9:29 AM

I had a couple of dogs a zillion plus years ago. It never occurred to me to let my dogs do anything but walk when on a leash. The dogs were always trained to do their business in our back yard. Which I cleaned up. I did not allow my dogs to walk through neighbor's flower beds or on their private property. I think that was my responsibility as a dog owner.

Speedway from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: November 20th, 2013 9:20 AM

This is a good example of how narcissistic people can be. When people can be respectful of their neighbors instead of always putting their own personal needs first, Oak Park would be a better place to live. Having stepped in dog shit while raking leaves and tracking it all over, I have to admit that I am with Alisa on this one. Perils, do us all a favor and keep your dog/dogs home.

The perils of changing seasons  

Posted: November 20th, 2013 8:42 AM

Poop sinks in both leaves and snow. That's just physics. Only in Oak Park would people be petty enough to complain to their local paper about it. Sometimes I'm amazed at the arguments we bother to have.


Posted: November 20th, 2013 8:19 AM

I'm sorry, but you're standing next to your dog when they're pooping. What's the "searching" you're doing? Also I always wear a headlamp at night so I can identify and remove the offensive matter. It's common courtesy. The only excuse you could have is that you forgot bags, which does happen as you're rushing out but you can always go back and get it. Unless you're like Perils and blame the leaves for immediately covering their dogs poop they don't see despite their proximity to the animal.

The perils of changing seasons  

Posted: November 20th, 2013 7:47 AM

As the days get shorter, it gets harder to find the poop in all the leaves and snow on the ground when it's dark. Responsible dog owners do their best...but it's inevitable that we miss some. Sorry. What's the reasonable time a person should search through a pile of leaves for some poop? PS to WJ...another dog poop letter? Really? How tiresome.

Facebook Connect

Answer Book 2017

To view the full print edition of the Wednesday Journal 2017 Answer Book, please click here.

Quick Links

Sign-up to get the latest news updates for Oak Park and River Forest.

MultimediaContact us
Submit Letter To The Editor
Place a Classified Ad