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dog poo signs

Dog do-do in Japan is rarely seen, apart from when it's actually coming out of the dog's bottom - if you happen to be glancing that way when it happens.

Owners are usually pretty good at picking up the do-do, and by that I don't mean they do it with grace or finesse, though often they do; I mean, more often than not, they do pick up the do-do.

This is good news all round, for it means pedestrians don't have to worry about doing what Paul Simon once wrote a song about - Slip Slidin' Away.

What you do notice in Japan is the large number of do-do signs that gently warn, cajole, encourage and persuade owners to get the trowel out and start scooping and scraping. And by golly they do it with gusto.

Once I saw an elderly lady actually wiping her dog's bottom (with toilet tissue) after he'd done his business. I know Japan is famous the world over for its outstanding service, but that seemed to be taking things a little bit far.

Here is a selection of do-do signs:

Colourful. And the message is clear.

This sign seems to be covered in do-do.

It's not a sign. It's just a lazy dog that appears to have plopped out a little cartoon character.

"Do not do do-do here."

Cor blimey, that do-do is almost half the size of the dog!

A dog that looks like a small hippo.

The best dogs are the ones that clear it up by themselves....

And just to add an international dimension to proceedings, here's a sign from the UK. Less cartoony, a threat of legal action and the man appears to be using a plunger to get it off the ground....

British dogs - a far more stubborn kind of do-do.
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On Sunday, 12 April, 2009, Anonymous Michael said:

In my neighbourhood in Shinagawa the very highest-traffic spot for blocks around is a regular minefield. I agree with you on the civic-mindedness of Japanese humans, and would assume that it's coming from unescorted dogs except you never see those in this city.

Maybe Japan needs to adopt the bilingual style of North Vancouver's signage.


On Sunday, 12 April, 2009, Anonymous Scotty.VOR said:

UK - threaten huge fine/prosecution; last time stepped in one: few days ago.

Japan - cute posters of embarrassed dogs/impressive turds; last time stepped in one: never.


On Tuesday, 14 April, 2009, Blogger Tornadoes28 said:

I think those signs would have been even better if they had steam coming off of the poo.  

On Wednesday, 15 April, 2009, Anonymous CĂ©line said:

hihihi, article hilarant, comme d'habitude ! :-)
je suis une fan de votre blog !  

On Saturday, 18 April, 2009, Anonymous Amy said:

I live in a dog-infested area but rarely see poop. I do see people wiping their dogs' bums, which is creepy, and other people actually holding a tissue under their dogs' bums to catch the mess before it ever hits the ground, which is kind of cool and gross at the same time. I also saw one guy pour a little water on the pavement where the poop had been, I guess in order to clean up any leftovers.

This has all made me grateful to be a cat person.  

On Monday, 20 April, 2009, Anonymous Sarah said:

I did some quick internet research in lew of your post and found 1. dog poop signs are creative everywhere.
2. I can't think of any road sign that is photographed as much...  

On Thursday, 23 April, 2009, Blogger Paulie said:

Sarah's post is really funny as well.

I can't remember if there were any such signs in Argentina but I was so impressed with their dogs I don't think they need any at all. Dogs in Buenos Aires seemed to walk themselves, using the cross walk, waiting for green lights, and avoiding cafes!


On Tuesday, 28 April, 2009, Blogger Syls said:

LOL- the second sign says "Your dog's poop is YOUR POOP."

That's clever, to turn it back on us.  

On Tuesday, 01 February, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said:

there's more signs here

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