Signs of the Times: Travel Poops (sorry, I couldn’t help the pun…)

A friendly clean up your dog's poop sign

This is sort of the hippie make-love-not-poop (but if you do, it’s okay) sign.

From gentle reminders to accusations of destroying civilization, signs are everywhere prompting people to clean up their dogs’ poops. (Sérieusement, Paris, France, écoutez-vous?)

There are the official signs that say dog defecation is a health hazard and a degradation. Let’s face it. Dog poop (like any other kind) is certainly unsightly.

It's interesting that someone tagged this sign with a "Liberty" sticker right underneath the dog.

It’s interesting that someone tagged this sign with a “Liberty” sticker right underneath the dog.

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Hotchkiss, CO, decided that pretty much everything is a threat to the town.

I also wish the city officials would use commas or dashes like the sign above, because if you are just glancing at this “Dog Waste” sign, the last line looks like Hotchkiss is claiming to be a disease ridden town.

Whoa — ease up crazy canine owner. This poor dog is not only a menace to society but is clearly in a choke pull by its owner.

Whoa — ease up crazy canine owner. This poor dog is not only a menace to society but is clearly in a choke pull by its owner.

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It’s not like there aren’t disposal methods either — take, for instance, the environmentally friendly “Mutt Mitt.”

Really, could there be a better solution?

Really, could there be a better solution?

It's as simple as one, two, three...

It’s as simple as one, two, three…

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This is my all-time personal favorite dog poop sign. It has quite the clear and reasonable message from motel owners just on the outskirts of Boulder, Colorado.

Crap signThe motel owners strategically placed signs on every bench outside each unit.

Strategically placed "we're not taking any crap" signs on benches.

Strategically placed “we’re-not-taking-any-crap” signs on benches.

To no avail. Right across from a sign a big St. Bernard had left a message  for the owners of the hotel.

To no avail. Right across from a sign a big St. Bernard had left a “steaming pile” for the owners of the hotel (see far right of the photo).

Alas, the efforts were all in vain. A St. Bernard (I saw him do the deed — but unfortunately, I didn’t have my iPhone handy) left a nugget in the golden leaves.

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15 thoughts on “Signs of the Times: Travel Poops (sorry, I couldn’t help the pun…)

      • I’m realizing, Lottie, that I’m no better than Eddie and Kasey who are obsessed with poop and farts. I’ve also got another set of photos on poop related souvenirs (like “Elk Droppings” from Colorado — really chocolate covered peanuts) Thanks, my dear friend. xxxxx 🙂

    • Hmmm….any cool signs in Budapest, Julie? Or perhaps no signs? Yikes, poop encrusted..
      I read an article in a British newspaper that alluded to the fact Paris and France lost the bid for the 2012 Olympics because of the soiled sidewalks. Perhaps the Olympic organizers visited Paris and Nice and it was poop overload.

      • Nope, no signs. They’ve started to make little fenced doggie walks with gravel and the city clean it up, but I still see lots of poop OUTSIDE of the fences. I’ve even tried walking down the middle of the street to avoid having to step gingerly all the time, but NOPE, poop is there, too! Then there are the voluminous quantities of human puke and piss, too. Makes for a challenging walk!

      • Yes, yes. It’s quite impressive. My husband and I were going to start a blog of “vomit art of Budapest” with photos and dates/locations of this unique form of sidewalk art. The French have a lovely expression for vomit called “depot de gerbe” which means something like “wreath of remembrance” like the kind you put on someone’s grave or at a monument. Never could bring myself to take photos for a blog.

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