The pandemic has reaffirmed the nation's love of dogs. However, where dogs walk, dog poo follows. Dog poo left in public places is one of the most complained about topics to councils in the UK. Alderley Edge Parish Council is raising awareness of the problem with posters designed by children of the village, encouraging people to bag it and bin it.
Bag it and bin it is a famous concept. Yet bagging it is easier than binning it when there are few bins in sight. It was after many glorious dog walks on The Edge that I came up with the idea for Sammy Sac. The National Trust has a no bin policy on Alderley Edge and in its car park. Therefore, piles or bags of dog poo are often left where they shouldn't be. As a pedestrian, and parent of young kids who seem to gravitate to dog poo, I understand the frustration. As a dog owner, I understand why this might happen. My dog tends to wait until we've passed the only bin to do a poo, leaving me carrying a vulnerable bag of stink for most of the walk. I do it, and I pay it forward by picking up other people's abandoned dog poo. Though I'd rather enjoy the trees and the birdsong without the little bags of stink in my hand scenting the entire way.
I wanted something discreet and affordable, that would both contain the stink, and keep my hands free. The Sammy Sac does both. It's a reusable and smell-proof bag that clips onto a dog lead, to carry sealed bags of dog poo when you've bagged it but are yet to find a bin. Now, I never walk my dog without one.
Public awareness campaigns around dog poo are essential. After all, it is illegal not to clear up after your dog. Yet, the best way to solve a problem is to create a solution. I created the Sammy Sac to make dog walks more enjoyable for owners, and to rid public paths of dog poo. As bins are rarely where you need them, a Sammy Sac lets you bag it and forget about it, until you find a bin: no lingering smell and a free hand.
Bag it, Sac it, Bin it