Mutt mitts back at two local parks

Ballardite Sharon walks her Golden Retriever “Katie” around the neighborhood and uses the “mutt mitts” that the city provides to clean up after her dog. Recently, the bags were removed from Loyal Heights CC and Salmon Bay Park. After emailing the city she learned that the dispensers were removed at some parks as an experimental cost saving measure. She emailed Aaron Bert with Seattle Parks and Recreation, “These spots are along our regular walking routes and it was always nice to know that bags were available. With the increase in use of re-usable bags for shopping and other uses, the flow of throw away bags into my house has really declined! I know find myself grabbing “more than my share” at the dog parks that we visit, just so I can have some for future use in the neighborhood!” Within a few weeks the “mutt mitt” dispensers have been returned to both areas. (Thanks Sharon for emailing us!)


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rob
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rob

I expect to see a massive increase in doggie doo if this silly plastic bag tax passes.

Jesse
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Jesse

Because clearly it's up to somebody else to provide supplies for owners to take care of their pets?

mybabydaddy
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mybabydaddy

Sharon,

Please stop taking “more than your share”.

Thanks,
Neighbor

Edog
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Edog

Well in a bind, its nice when they are provided, but as a dog owner, I would not think of going out without a roll of bags.

Lara
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Lara

This is not where I want to see parks money go. Bring your own bag! Buy them if you have to. There are many a pet store which sell those dispensers you attach to the leash.

I'm sorry the Parks Department didn't have the cajones to tell “Sharon” to stuff it.

great idea
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great idea

I'm definitely voting FOR the bag tax, just because of all the 'vote no on prop 1' junk mail I've been getting.
the group opposing this has already generated 50 garbage trucks full of waste with all their mailings, and I'm sure they hate dogs, too.

I bet the Ballard Chamber of Commerce is behind it.

loyalheightsneighbor
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loyalheightsneighbor

I am so glad to see these back! I too walk this route past both parks. Yes I can use bags from the supermarket, but the one the city provides are bio-degradable. Hey…I don't have kids but gladly pay taxes to support schools. As part of the tax I pay for parks and recreation, I feel supported by having this bags handy. A small gesture but one I use daily.

AlanBarton
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AlanBarton

Given the number of dogs in Seattle, maybe the city should add a 'bag' tax to the cost of a dog license to help cover this additional cost.

alysse
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alysse

While I agree with Adriane that dog owners should carry their own supply, they are useful for non-dog owners wanting to clean up the parks. Just like the garbage cans that Parks has removed from the parks. In both cases, the removal of the doggie poo bags and the garbage cans, the parks deteriorate because Parks Dept has removed a tool. I used to pick up beer cans and bottles from Salmon Bay Park, and now to dispose of them, I have to take them back home.

ZephyrV2
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ZephyrV2

As a dog owner I feel that it is my responsibility to buy, carry and use the biodegradable bags…and I do. I have never used a mutt mitt from any of the parks.

Sharon, you have to pay for your dog's food, her vet care and anything else that is necessary for her to be healthy and happy. Why is buying doggy poo bags not part of the deal?

Sure I realize that accidents happen and bags can be forgotten. Having a dispenser on the leash along with an extra roll in my bag makes being caught without practically impossible. But if someone is caught bagless, the odds of it happening near one of these dispensers is highly unlikely. That is, unless you happen to live within a block or two of the park. In which case, why should the parks dept and thereby every tax payer supply bags for just a few ?

Lara
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Lara

Thanks for the spin! I hadn't thought of using those bags to clean up people trash, but now I'll help myself to the poop bags and re-purpose them.

Edog
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Edog

People need to lay off Sharon. These threads often become deep and rich with us v.s them, and quickly turn into rages of blame. Not that we are there yet, but I can see it happening.

SPG
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SPG

The plastics industry put in a million dollars just for this one referendum. There's been a lot of suspicious anti bag fee stuff going on that I suspect is paid astroturfers stirring up opposition. Mysterious blog posters from 'concerned single mom' who's never posted before kind of stuff.

SPG
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SPG

Really! WTF?
I bring my own, in fact I bring a few as my dog can be a prolific pooper at times, but it is nice to have an option when you run out, drop them, or forget.
Buy your own damn bags so that they're there for those of us who NEED them, not just you because you WANT them.

SPG
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SPG

I pay taxes for the school too, so maybe I should be able to use the Parks Dept pickup truck to go to the supermarket! I'll just run down there, hop in and take it while they're out picking up dog poop.
Buy your own damn bags. They sell biodegradable ones at most pet stores and they're not expensive.

SPG
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SPG

yeah,but, she made a ridiculous statement and we shouldn't be shy about calling her out on it. As long as we're not calling for a public flogging or being insulting, what's wrong with pointing out the error of her ways?

shelterwood
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shelterwood

And this is why Seattle is no longer a great city to live in. We are way way way to judgmental. Polarized, even over dog poop bags. Totally amazing.

Sharon, thanks for doing this. Take the bags. Use them. Enjoy walking your dog. Enjoy a healthy and happy life. Smile at the ya-hoos who want to rag on you.

Edog
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Edog

Nothing, but just give ti some time, and watch people freak out!

chopper_74
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chopper_74

No, but the landfill result will be the same, it'll just cost us more than it does now.

chopper_74
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chopper_74

um, so, aren't they removing trash cans due to the current expense?
I'm confused.

chopper_74
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chopper_74

And, Comcast put a billion dollars into their little mailers.
Forgoing them too I suppose.

chopper_74
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chopper_74

The use of the parks should be for everyone, and making it more user friendly for dog owners isn't bad, right?
Oh, no, we can't be friendly, sorry.

chopper_74
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chopper_74

Divide and conquer, they have.
Quote as Yoda.
(not a free quote, deposit your fee to Nickels for Mayor, any use or description of the above quote without permission of Nickels for Mayor will result in…ah crap, something, for sure.)

NoraBell
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NoraBell

Some don't realize 'just in case' isn't a bad thing.

Ernie
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Ernie

No doubt Edog! they just about clubbed me with sticks over in the fourm when I was silly enough to suggest my two favorite Animal Shelters to someone looking to re-home two cats.

BTW, you deserve a shout-out for your return trip retrieval today, well played!