I haven’t lived in Albany, New York, in a few years, but I like keeping up with what’s going on up there. It’s a really interesting city full of characters and lots of really unique opportunities, and I’ll always have a soft spot for it.
Besides talking to my Urban Family regularly, one of the best ways to keep in the know is reading All Over Albany. AOA’s run by Greg and Mary, who used to have a really fun radio show on the local NPR station.* They’ve since moved to the blog world, and it’s been dreamy. They know everyone, are really interesting themselves, and they write well. And the people who read AOA for the most part leave really nice, funny, thoughtful comments. Reading it’s a great way to take a break during your day.
AOA is pretty dog-oriented (they have a dog on staff named Otto), so their postings occasionally are canine-centric (like pictures from a pug party, or where to get a good dog sundae). Today they posted one of the best dog posts I’ve seen on any blog.
The title of the blog post is “It’s winter. Your Dog has pooped. What now?” Intriguing, right? Very much so. On the page, they’ve provided a flow chart of how to decide when to pick up after your dog and when it’s okay to leave it. Clearly they’ve put a great deal of thought into this.
Our neighborhood is pretty dog-centric, and there’s a strong sense of being a responsible dog owner. But our dog area turned into a battlefield during our blizzards last winter, and there’s one side of our complex where people NEEEEEVVVVEEEERRR clean up after their dogs—even though there are two garbage cans with poopy pouches right there. For crying out loud, if your dog goes right next to the can and you’ve got bags right there, just pick it up. It probably won’t kill you, and it’s not going to magically fly into the can on its own.
I’m planning on printing this off and sticking it to the cans, and then take one over to the Dog Park. I’m sure our local dog folks will get a kick out of this.
* Secretly, I appeared on a few episodes in roundtable segments and read an essay on how to speak New York if you’re a Midwesterner. Seriously—the ALB’s a town of unique opportunities. And doing radio’s really hard.