By Phran Novelli

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Oh, poop. I’m a dog lover and a gardener, so I think it’s fair for me to say that one of the least attractive things to come across in my garden – or anyone’s yard – is a doggie deposit – from anyone’s dog.

Bad enough in its natural state, but while out on walks lately, we’ve been seeing more and more colorful additions to gardens that clearly weren’t planted by the homeowner: plastic doggie bags – the kind that you use to pick up the refuse of the food after your dog has finished digesting it.

Which means that people are walking their dogs, stopping to kindly pick up the stuff, tying the bag and…dropping it. By the road, in the woods, on someone’s lawn, in a garden bed, under a shrub. People say they’ve seen these doggie bags on park trails too – and it’s a trend that really needs to stop.

So, as unpleasant as it may be for you to walk or jog home carrying a bag you scooped up from your doggie, just imagine how much worse it is for other people to find such a surprise in their garden.