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Letter Of The Month: Pick Up Your Shit, Love The Place You Live

By Sandi of Bondi Beach on May 29, 2012 in Other

To the dearest doggy owners that let their dogs shit all over Bondi Beach: I’m writing this letter after enjoying the fourth freshly brewed shit in the last two weeks on the foot of my daughter’s sandals (yes, sandals)!

It’s clearly locals who are letting their dogs crap on Bondi Beach promenade, in the kids park at North Bondi and near the bins out the front (oh yes, thank you courteous dog owner who feels that near the bin is better than not at all).

Last week I caught a lady of the more mature variety letting her little Jack Russell shit right near ‘Muscle Beach’. When I asked her if she was going to clean the dog crap up she replied feebly, “Oh, I haven’t got a bag,” at which point I said that Waverley Council charges high rates for locals and high fees for tourists but one good thing from this is that they offer lots of doggy bag machines free of charge, to which she walked off with no response.

Now I had a dog and there are two reasons you take dogs out for a walk: exercise and to go to the toilet. Surely a doggy bag is on the checklist before you leave the house? Keys? Check. Shoes? Check. Sunglasses? Check. Makeup? Check. The list can be endless for some Bondi locals but I think you get my point. I’ve got to the point where I am so frustrated at this situation I have narrowed my options down to two.

The first option is when I am out playing with my daughter and she does a number two in her happy (which I can assure you is worse than my husband’s) I am just going to leave the nappy on the pavement so other animals can move in for a smell and hopefully shovel their nose in it before they greet their happy owners with a big, wet, sloppy kiss (gross).

The second option is the next time I see an owner with a dog that has just done a crap, I will put my shoe into the fresh shit and then smear my foot on the dog. Granted this isn’t the dog’s fault but it’s the same feeling I get when my two year-old gets dog crap between her toes.

The second option is my most favourable because, unlike some people, I wouldn’t leave a soiled nappy on the ground and neither would I leave any kind of litter or actually make the place I love and live in be spoilt in any way because of a very small minority of people who just don’t seem to care.

However, the second option is still high on the agenda so beware dog owners with no morals, I am one of the mummies who pounds Bondi Beach with her pram and kid in tow…



  1. Couldn’t agree more. We’ve got the same frustrating issue on the Coastal walk from Lurline Bay to Coogee. Owners pick your dog shit up, or keep it on your own backyard!

    Posted by: Sarah Wilson | May 30, 2012, 12:46 PM |

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  2. Mummies with children screaming all over the place and out of control… perhaps she should put a leash on her kids too. It’s difficult to patrol dog owners who let their dogs poo anywhere, cause they may have taken their dog for a walk at night, and sometimes it’s difficult to see the dog and what they’re doing, understandably. I think this Mummy ought to chill out and let others be – perhaps she has too much spare time on her hands so she’s venting and ranting? What a waste of my time reading this

    Posted by: Me | May 30, 2012, 1:23 PM |

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    • If you have ever tried to get dog poo out of two pairs of kiddies sandals you’d be mad as hell too. Ever tried to get it out of the soles of running shoes???? At least Sandi’s venting and ranting AND taking her daughter to the beach instead of sitting complacently (‘with too much spare time of her hands’) in a cafe raving about the latest property aquisition or dragging her daughter around the designer clothing stores in Westfield Bondi Junction!!! Go Sandi!

      Posted by: Pearlie | May 31, 2012, 10:38 AM |

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    • @ ‘ME’
      ‘what a waste of my time reading this’
      What a waste of your time writing your pathetic response, i think it is you that has too much time on your hands. Pick up your shit dog owners, laziness is NOT an excuse!

      Posted by: Joe | June 5, 2012, 5:49 PM |

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    • Firstly – I am the MD for a Professional Services Organisation, combined with being a mum doesn’t leave time for idle hands…
      Secondly – This was the first time I had ever written into a Magazine – EVER!
      Thirdly – Making excuses because you cant see your dog shitting at night is about as good of excuse as me saying that my daughters nappy can be left on floor – because I just don’t have enough free hands to pick it up….
      Finally – You missed the point of this letter by the entirety which in layman’s terms was about respecting and enjoying the best place to live on the earth. We are privileged to live in such a fantastic location with the best beaches in the world. Lets all come together to ensure its the best it can be?

      Posted by: Sandi | June 8, 2012, 4:35 PM |

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  3. Hahaha nice article!
    I agree with you- as a dog owner at bondi I always take anbag and if I forget I use leaves or something of the like to pick it up.
    Although, I have seen mothers leave soiled nappies around so if u went with option one you wouldbt be alone.

    Posted by: Blair | May 30, 2012, 7:22 PM |

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  4. Good on you Sandi. I agree. I own a small dog and always have five or more bags ties to the handle of the lead and always use them. I use nappy bags as they work out very cheaply and they have handles so I can easily clean up and then carry the waste away. I sadly don’t live in Bondi but the problem is not yours alone. I find the biggest culprits are the owners of big dogs. You need to get your Council motivated to start issuring a few fines. It is always the same owners, always. There was a case in the UK where a toddler fell, hands first, into dog poo and then rubbed her eyes and was at risk of blindness due to worms and bacteria in it. As a mother I too loathe reckless and careless owners. Perhaps carry some nappy bags and a copy of the bylaws stating the fines and then hand one of each to the owners! Or photograph them, their own shame and fear of repercussions might then make them pick it up. Good luck! Anna, Hunters Hill

    Posted by: Anna Notley | May 30, 2012, 8:18 PM |

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  5. Yes, we get it. Noone likes it when dog owners don’t pick up after their animals. No one likes aggressive runners shoving walkers out of their way in coastal walks, and noone likes it when someone else’s grubby kid sits on your towel/picnic rug and the parent does nothing about it. We know. However… I would love to know how many issues of the beast contain these rants from readers because if feels like every one!!! Surely people we can find something new to talk about???!!! There will always be people in our community who are rude and inconsiderate… Endlessly harping on about it is just plain boring.

    Posted by: Henry | June 5, 2012, 6:22 PM |

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