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  • It certainly sounds nicer.

  • “Curb Your Pet” has been around for years. I used to see the signs all over NYC. The two signs, obviously, mean completely different things. “Curb Your Pet” means you need to keep your pup on a leash.

    • Actually, I take that back. My friend just told me it means to keep your dog out of the way of foot traffic and have it poop on the side and not on the sidewalk. See! I scooped my own poop.

      • Actually it means neither.

        To “curb” is to restrain. It means don’t let your dog poop here. I guess that means you can let them poop on the side, but I’ve seen signs like that on open grass and taken it to mean ‘don’t let your dog poop here’.

        Check out Merriam-Webster’s free online dictionary. See definition #3.

    • ah

      Who needs a reminder about leash laws?

  • but does “curb your pet” even mean what people want it to mean?

    It just seems like gobbledygook, placed in the right context, with the aim of being euphemistic.

    Curb? Like limit? Or curb, somehow referring to the noun?

    I am curbing my enthusiasm for signs that don’t seem to make sense.

  • anonymouse_dianne

    No, curb your pet means have it poop at the curb. This started in New York City in the ’70’s (I lived in the village 1976-1978). Now the preference is to scoop your pet’s poop wherever it may fall.

    • ah

      Yeah, sidewalks were originally built to allow walkers a cleaner, high ground above the horse-poop covered streets. So it would make sense to have dogs poop there too, not the sidewalk.

  • In Paris, most streets have little spouts at the curbs that get turned on every morning to make mini rivers down the sides of the roads. The municipal workers, in their green vests and green faux-twig brooms, come along and sweep all the detritus (litter, poo, cig butts) into the flowing water, which washes it to the sewer grate.

    So that’s my mental image when I see “curb your dog”: That the poo will collect neatly in some space where it will be washed away on a regular basis, just like it is in Paris.

  • Well this reminds me of last weekend…

    Some lovely gentleman falsely accused me of not picking up poo, and did it in a very mean & aggressive manner. When he wouldn’t leave me alone, I told him to “f-ck off.” He didn’t take too kindly to that and told me that he’d put me in the hospital, and that he doesn’t care who I call (I never mentioned the police but whatever). Another fine man at the adjacent parking lot came over and asked what the problem was. As I tried to explain that I was being harassed, my main man was shouting over me that I didn’t pick up the poo. Man #2 said “well that’s the law.” Thanks for helping this female from getting assaulted! Real stand-up guys!

    As I turned around to go in the other direction, it hit me that the man who harassed me had thrown the box that housed his cigars onto the sidewalk.

    I’d like to reason with this man the next time I see him, maybe apologize for saying “f-uck off.” I just got the feeling that he isn’t into discussions. For now, I’m anxiously awaiting the day I get that beating… or worse. Any advice?

    • ah

      Did you think to explain to Man #2 that you had scooped the poop and that the other guy was wacko? Because if you didn’t scoop, he’s scolding you not harassing you.

      • I did not scoop poo because my dogs did not do it. He basically decided to blame the mess on me. And I did try to explain this to man #2, but I guess he basically didn’t [want to] believe me. I left some things out of the story because I was trying to keep it short.

        In the end, I did pick up the poo and threw it away because I really didn’t want to deal with the guy anymore.

        Most importantly, I don’t think there is any reason to intimidate and threaten as I was.

    • Sure, my advice would be not to tell people to “f-ck off” unless you are prepared for a fight. Even if you are in the right and feel threatened.

  • It also more generally refers to keeping your dog off of a person’s actual lawn, and keep them to the sidewalk/tree box/”curb”. Because even if you scoop, its like that old saying, “no matter how much shake, wiggle and dance, the last few drops end up in your pants,” but replace “shake, wiggle and dance” with “grab, scoop and scrape” and “pants” with “grass” and there, it makes sense.

  • anonymouse_dianne


    4 December 1938, Chicago Daily Tribune, “Mostly About Dogs” by Bob Becker, pg. F10:
    “Curb Your Dog” Good Advice
    In New York, truly a doggy city, an ordinance has been passed to make for a cleaner city and at the same time compel the indifferent dog owner to consider public welfare. The ordinance demands that dogs be curbed. There are signs everywhere with the request, “Curb your dog.” It means that owners cannot allow their pets to soil buildings, nor can a dog make a nuisance of himself on the grass of the parkway or on the sidewalk. As a result there are practically no complaints about the dogs soiling sidewalks or grassy places which the public uses. Any one not curbing his dog when the occasion demands it is given a ticket and must go to court and pay a fine.

  • What’s more, the first sign has nothing to do with dogs. Scoop YOUR poop. Evidently the owners and renters on that block have issues containing their dumplings.

    We have one of those signs on our block (infact it looks as if it may be the one) which leads me to wonder which of my neighbors is the shittiest… could it be…….

  • curb my pet? curb your face, signage.

  • A campaign started a few years back by a rogue organization that is currently viewed as PETA’s worst enemy. The organization is known for placing ‘PLEASE CURB YOUR DOG’ signs all over the world, urging people to smash their dogs into the curbstone at the side of the road.

    Apparently, the people in this organization are very bitter about the vast amount of dogshit covering the lands, and their solution is to eliminate dogs entirely.

  • My father used to say “curb you dog” way back in the 1970s, when I don’t even think there was a leash law where we lived. He grew up in NYC, and used to mock us kids b/c we had no idea what a curb was. According to Dad’s definition it meant “make your dog do his business in the gutter, i.e. on the street side of the curb”. Presumably then the waste would be washed away by street sweeping or something. Keeps pee and poop off the side walk. No one picked up poop back then — we thought it was crAzzzy. Frankly, I’m not sure how I would make my dog go on the gutter side of the curb, but if I could get him to pee there, I’d feel better about it. I’m picking up poop no matter where he goes.

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