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Roommate Debate: She owns a dog. I sometimes let it out. Who cleans up after it?

My roommate owns a dog. She had the dog and the apartment, I moved in. I've been here for three months. The dog is a perfectly nice dog, but I've never been a dog person.

The dog is alone all day. I usually get home before my roommate does, and when I do, I let the dog onto the patio until she wants to come in. Whatever business she does waits until my roommate gets home. 

My roommate would like to change it. We share the patio, so she's worried that the neighbors will complain if the poop stays out there too long. They haven't yet. She says I should either scoop the poop myself or leave the dog in until she gets home and she'll deal with it. 

Right now, my dog responsibilities are minimal, and I'm not looking to increase them. But it seems cruel to leave the dog until she gets home. It's not the dog's fault. So my binary choice doesn't count that as an option. Instead, tell me if I should scoop the poop or continue leaving the business for the roommate?

Reckoning Results!
WINNER!
Scoop The Poop
Leave the Business
Little effort!
Her dog, her problem!
56.2%
(27)
43.8%
(21)
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Reckoning Comments!

I think you've gotta scoop the poop in this case, since if you don't, it's really your neighbors who are taking the brunt of the minuses in this case. What'd they do wrong to deserve such poopery?

As fecal-related punishment, make your roommate buy all the toilet paper for the apartment.  If you're going to have to take care of her dog's crap, she's going to have to take care of your crap.


It's your roomate's problem.  I hate to sound like every parent in America, but pets are a lot of responsibility.  If your roomate can't get home at the hours necesary to take care of her dog, then the onus is on her to figure out some way to take care of it (i.e. hiring a dog walker).


Owning a dog is a huge responsibility. I know because we have three! However, I could not let the dog suffer because my room mate is irresponsible. Let the poor dog outside if you get home earlier. Put yourself in the dog's place, and for your own peace of mind, if the dog has an accident, how could you leave it on the floor. I wouldn't want to look at it or smell it either...


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