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Inventor hopes to approach Dragons' Den with poop scoop plan

Swindon Advertiser: Paul Taylor with his designs Paul Taylor with his designs

STUDENT Paul Taylor is hoping his new invention will solve the problem of dog mess in public places forever.

The 44-year-old from Moredon is hoping his patented Portable Poop for Dogs will be used as a revolutionary device in Swindon borough.

Paul, who has studied for more than 10 diplomas at Swindon College and the University of the West of England, came up with concept after becoming fed up of seeing dog mess on street corners.

His invention, still in the planning phase, shows an adjustable waist harness made of light material with Velcro straps joined on to a plastic dish fitted on the dog’s rear end.

The poop dish is lined with a disposable sheet which can be taken out and thrown in the bin.

“It made me feel sick and quite angry when I saw owners just letting their dogs go to the toilet anywhere,” said Paul.

“And for those owners that do pick the mess up with a glove, it can’t be a nice thing.

“I think this could make a big difference. I know it’s still in its very early stages but it could be something that any dog could use.

“I’ve had lots of feedback already – some positive saying that it would be cleaner and better for the environment and some negative saying it won’t catch on and dogs would get annoyed by it.

“I think it would be a workable product especially for health and hygiene. If it tackled the mess problem then it’s worth a go.”

Paul, who does not own a dog himself, came up with the idea in March last year, and was sparked into action after reading a story in the Adver in November.

We reported how some councillors thought dog mess was plaguing parts of Swindon so badly that Swindon Council was considering giving powers to Police Community Support Officers to fine dog owners who do not clean up after their pets.

But an amendment moved and voted through by Conservative councillors changed it to a promise to enter into discussions with Wiltshire Constabulary on the issue and to support updated by-laws dealing with dog fouling.

Paul hopes 2009 will be the year his idea turns into a reality.

He has already has the support of college lecturers.

He hopes to raise enough money to first produce a prototype.

He then intends to show it off in front of the great and the good on the popular BBC show for budding entrepreneurs, Dragons’ Den.

If you would be interested in investing in the device or would like to offer feedback to Paul, call him on 07538 128 058.

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1:18pm Mon 9 Feb 09

The Librarian says Oook says...

"Paul, who does not own a dog himself,"

I'd never have guessed.

I have two (and I pick up after them,) and I can tell you this will not work. Two reasons.

First, and most obvious. Put anything on a dog and they will worry at it until they get it off. The only things that are safe are ones where they can't reach the straps. This portable bum shelf thing will be reachable, so it will not stay on.

Second, and also important, it will look stupid. I have too much respect for my dogs to inflict that on them.

Don't forget to print the date when this guy goes on Dragon's Den. I can't wait to see him walk away with the laughter ringing in his ears.
"Paul, who does not own a dog himself," I'd never have guessed. I have two (and I pick up after them,) and I can tell you this will not work. Two reasons. First, and most obvious. Put anything on a dog and they will worry at it until they get it off. The only things that are safe are ones where they can't reach the straps. This portable bum shelf thing will be reachable, so it will not stay on. Second, and also important, it will look stupid. I have too much respect for my dogs to inflict that on them. Don't forget to print the date when this guy goes on Dragon's Den. I can't wait to see him walk away with the laughter ringing in his ears. The Librarian says Oook
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1:21pm Mon 9 Feb 09

RFM says...

LOL LOL Is it April 1st already?

We had to take a urine sample from our b*tch to the vet recently. It was a nightmare trying to get anything close to her rear end as she squatted down!

I very much doubt a dog will feel comfortable with a contraption anywhere near its rear end.

I also very much doubt that the dog owners who don't care where their dogs foul would even contemplate buying one anyway.

Maybe he could invite a spray that people can use for their shoes so that any dog mess doesn't stick??
LOL LOL Is it April 1st already? We had to take a urine sample from our b*tch to the vet recently. It was a nightmare trying to get anything close to her rear end as she squatted down! I very much doubt a dog will feel comfortable with a contraption anywhere near its rear end. I also very much doubt that the dog owners who don't care where their dogs foul would even contemplate buying one anyway. Maybe he could invite a spray that people can use for their shoes so that any dog mess doesn't stick?? RFM
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1:38pm Mon 9 Feb 09

forcryingoutloud says...

Ditto the comments above! April 1st come early!
If dog owners won't pick up, then why should they go to the bother of buying this contraption, strapping it on and then disposing of the deposit?
True it isn't the nicest thing to do - to clean up after your dog - but it goes with the responsibility of owning a dog. If you don't want to clean up then don't get a dog. The dog owners who do not pick up should be fined as it reflects badly on those of us who do.

Ditto the comments above! April 1st come early! If dog owners won't pick up, then why should they go to the bother of buying this contraption, strapping it on and then disposing of the deposit? True it isn't the nicest thing to do - to clean up after your dog - but it goes with the responsibility of owning a dog. If you don't want to clean up then don't get a dog. The dog owners who do not pick up should be fined as it reflects badly on those of us who do. forcryingoutloud
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1:46pm Mon 9 Feb 09

fair_enuf says...

FYI - I do believe the Council provide doggie poop bags if you ask - so why would you pay for this contraption. And I must say I agree with the above
FYI - I do believe the Council provide doggie poop bags if you ask - so why would you pay for this contraption. And I must say I agree with the above fair_enuf
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1:54pm Mon 9 Feb 09

BWB says...


Conservative councillors changed it to a promise to enter into discussions with Wiltshire Constabulary on the issue and to support updated by-laws dealing with dog fouling.

Bl**dy hell, the Police cant deal
with CRIME. They certainly wont
give a toss about Dog mess,and they certainly wont get any on their shoes because they dont get
out of their cozy Police cars.
Conservative councillors changed it to a promise to enter into discussions with Wiltshire Constabulary on the issue and to support updated by-laws dealing with dog fouling. Bl**dy hell, the Police cant deal with CRIME. They certainly wont give a toss about Dog mess,and they certainly wont get any on their shoes because they dont get out of their cozy Police cars. BWB
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2:05pm Mon 9 Feb 09

Username says...

Is this guy serious? He has studied for 10 diplomas and this is the best idea he can come up with, says a lot for diplomas i think.

Personally i think it is cruel to attach something like this to a pet. You can really see that it is an idea from somebody with no experience of owning a dog. It would confuse the dogs no-end, what would they sniff???

I have an idea, what about a chocolate teapot. Might get the idea out there and get the adver to write a story on it.
Is this guy serious? He has studied for 10 diplomas and this is the best idea he can come up with, says a lot for diplomas i think. Personally i think it is cruel to attach something like this to a pet. You can really see that it is an idea from somebody with no experience of owning a dog. It would confuse the dogs no-end, what would they sniff??? I have an idea, what about a chocolate teapot. Might get the idea out there and get the adver to write a story on it. Username
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2:21pm Mon 9 Feb 09

The Librarian says Oook says...

Now that I have stopped laughing and gone back to read the story properly, I have a couple of other questions
QUOTE - “STUDENT Paul Taylor, , , the 44-year-old from Moredon , , has studied for more than 10 diplomas at Swindon College and the University of the West of England.”
What exactly is this guy’s game plan that he has studied for 10 diplomas, and is STILL a student? What are his diplomas in? How can he think he needs ten?
Can I suggest he gets his head out of the clouds and start studying the Job Section of the Adver, and forgets about seeing himself in the News Pages.
Now that I have stopped laughing and gone back to read the story properly, I have a couple of other questions QUOTE - “STUDENT Paul Taylor, , , the 44-year-old from Moredon , , has studied for more than 10 diplomas at Swindon College and the University of the West of England.” What exactly is this guy’s game plan that he has studied for 10 diplomas, and is STILL a student? What are his diplomas in? How can he think he needs ten? Can I suggest he gets his head out of the clouds and start studying the Job Section of the Adver, and forgets about seeing himself in the News Pages. The Librarian says Oook
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2:29pm Mon 9 Feb 09

Jock Strap says...

Looks a bit Charlie, Romeo, Alpha,Papa to me!
Looks a bit Charlie, Romeo, Alpha,Papa to me! Jock Strap
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2:30pm Mon 9 Feb 09

yeti says...

what a joke! it will never work.
i buy nappy sacks and pick up after my dog by putting my hand in the bag,grabbing the ****,then pulling the handles through.it's no bother at all.
i am sick of irresponsible dog owners not cleaning up after their dogs,as they give all dog owners a bad name. i would like licensing to be brought back.and stiff penealties for non cleaning up.
what a joke! it will never work. i buy nappy sacks and pick up after my dog by putting my hand in the bag,grabbing the ****,then pulling the handles through.it's no bother at all. i am sick of irresponsible dog owners not cleaning up after their dogs,as they give all dog owners a bad name. i would like licensing to be brought back.and stiff penealties for non cleaning up. yeti
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2:36pm Mon 9 Feb 09

The Librarian says Oook says...

Username, Stratton St Maragret says...

I have an idea, what about a chocolate teapot. Might get the idea out there and get the adver to write a story on it.

A long time ago I invented a perpetual motion machine and I think the next step it to try and get the lecturers at UWE interested.

It’s based on two sound principles of physics which are;
1) If you drop a cat, it will land on its feet.
2) If you drop a piece of buttered toast, it will land butter side down.

What you do therefore is to strap a piece of buttered toast to a cat’s back, and attach a rod to it’s back legs which connects to some kind of alternator. The cat, when dropped, will hover about a foot of the floor, spinning violently. This will generate an electrical current.
Admittedly, it is quite labour intensive, because you would have to stop it every half an hour or so to strap in a new cat and a fresh piece of toast every hour or so, but the theory is sound. I am going to write to the Dragon’s Den people today.
Username, Stratton St Maragret says... I have an idea, what about a chocolate teapot. Might get the idea out there and get the adver to write a story on it. A long time ago I invented a perpetual motion machine and I think the next step it to try and get the lecturers at UWE interested. It’s based on two sound principles of physics which are; 1) If you drop a cat, it will land on its feet. 2) If you drop a piece of buttered toast, it will land butter side down. What you do therefore is to strap a piece of buttered toast to a cat’s back, and attach a rod to it’s back legs which connects to some kind of alternator. The cat, when dropped, will hover about a foot of the floor, spinning violently. This will generate an electrical current. Admittedly, it is quite labour intensive, because you would have to stop it every half an hour or so to strap in a new cat and a fresh piece of toast every hour or so, but the theory is sound. I am going to write to the Dragon’s Den people today. The Librarian says Oook
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2:36pm Mon 9 Feb 09

The Librarian says Oook says...

Username, Stratton St Maragret says...

I have an idea, what about a chocolate teapot. Might get the idea out there and get the adver to write a story on it.

A long time ago I invented a perpetual motion machine and I think the next step it to try and get the lecturers at UWE interested.

It’s based on two sound principles of physics which are;
1) If you drop a cat, it will land on its feet.
2) If you drop a piece of buttered toast, it will land butter side down.

What you do therefore is to strap a piece of buttered toast to a cat’s back, and attach a rod to it’s back legs which connects to some kind of alternator. The cat, when dropped, will hover about a foot of the floor, spinning violently. This will generate an electrical current.
Admittedly, it is quite labour intensive, because you would have to stop it every half an hour or so to strap in a new cat and a fresh piece of toast every hour or so, but the theory is sound. I am going to write to the Dragon’s Den people today.
Username, Stratton St Maragret says... I have an idea, what about a chocolate teapot. Might get the idea out there and get the adver to write a story on it. A long time ago I invented a perpetual motion machine and I think the next step it to try and get the lecturers at UWE interested. It’s based on two sound principles of physics which are; 1) If you drop a cat, it will land on its feet. 2) If you drop a piece of buttered toast, it will land butter side down. What you do therefore is to strap a piece of buttered toast to a cat’s back, and attach a rod to it’s back legs which connects to some kind of alternator. The cat, when dropped, will hover about a foot of the floor, spinning violently. This will generate an electrical current. Admittedly, it is quite labour intensive, because you would have to stop it every half an hour or so to strap in a new cat and a fresh piece of toast every hour or so, but the theory is sound. I am going to write to the Dragon’s Den people today. The Librarian says Oook
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2:36pm Mon 9 Feb 09

The Librarian says Oook says...

Username, Stratton St Maragret says...

I have an idea, what about a chocolate teapot. Might get the idea out there and get the adver to write a story on it.

A long time ago I invented a perpetual motion machine and I think the next step it to try and get the lecturers at UWE interested.

It’s based on two sound principles of physics which are;
1) If you drop a cat, it will land on its feet.
2) If you drop a piece of buttered toast, it will land butter side down.

What you do therefore is to strap a piece of buttered toast to a cat’s back, and attach a rod to it’s back legs which connects to some kind of alternator. The cat, when dropped, will hover about a foot of the floor, spinning violently. This will generate an electrical current.
Admittedly, it is quite labour intensive, because you would have to stop it every half an hour or so to strap in a new cat and a fresh piece of toast every hour or so, but the theory is sound. I am going to write to the Dragon’s Den people today.
Username, Stratton St Maragret says... I have an idea, what about a chocolate teapot. Might get the idea out there and get the adver to write a story on it. A long time ago I invented a perpetual motion machine and I think the next step it to try and get the lecturers at UWE interested. It’s based on two sound principles of physics which are; 1) If you drop a cat, it will land on its feet. 2) If you drop a piece of buttered toast, it will land butter side down. What you do therefore is to strap a piece of buttered toast to a cat’s back, and attach a rod to it’s back legs which connects to some kind of alternator. The cat, when dropped, will hover about a foot of the floor, spinning violently. This will generate an electrical current. Admittedly, it is quite labour intensive, because you would have to stop it every half an hour or so to strap in a new cat and a fresh piece of toast every hour or so, but the theory is sound. I am going to write to the Dragon’s Den people today. The Librarian says Oook
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3:11pm Mon 9 Feb 09

Username says...

Librarian,

Sounds like hard work to me, but while we are on the subject of cats can Paul Taylor focus his attention on ridding the world of Cat Faeces instead as I find this more of a problem than that of the dog owner!!

I totally agree that dog owners have a responsibility to pick up after their pet but i find it remarkable that nobody ever criticises the cat owners!!They deficate wherever they want and not a peep.

I think the adver is biased toward us dog owners.
Librarian, Sounds like hard work to me, but while we are on the subject of cats can Paul Taylor focus his attention on ridding the world of Cat Faeces instead as I find this more of a problem than that of the dog owner!! I totally agree that dog owners have a responsibility to pick up after their pet but i find it remarkable that nobody ever criticises the cat owners!!They deficate wherever they want and not a peep. I think the adver is biased toward us dog owners. Username
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3:44pm Mon 9 Feb 09

RFM says...

"They deficate wherever they want and not a peep"

Unless of course they have had a curry and then what a noise!!!!
"They deficate wherever they want and not a peep" Unless of course they have had a curry and then what a noise!!!! RFM
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4:06pm Mon 9 Feb 09

daddikins says...

I agree with the comment that Mr Taylor needs to get a job. 10 Diplomas. What a good excuse for remaining work shy and living off tax payers. Many years ago when I returned to College during a period of unemployment I chose 1 Diploma carefully and used that to get a job and was in work for 15 years as a result. Perhaps the diplomas are in Tea-Making, Baking cakes or some other useless subject. Get Real Man. Over 20 years till you retire, time to contribute some dues to society.
I agree with the comment that Mr Taylor needs to get a job. 10 Diplomas. What a good excuse for remaining work shy and living off tax payers. Many years ago when I returned to College during a period of unemployment I chose 1 Diploma carefully and used that to get a job and was in work for 15 years as a result. Perhaps the diplomas are in Tea-Making, Baking cakes or some other useless subject. Get Real Man. Over 20 years till you retire, time to contribute some dues to society. daddikins
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4:18pm Mon 9 Feb 09

Trend says...

ROF LMAO, is this guy for real?!!!!!!! Most stupid thing I've heard of in years.
ROF LMAO, is this guy for real?!!!!!!! Most stupid thing I've heard of in years. Trend
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4:19pm Mon 9 Feb 09

Donkey says...

Dogs and cats get themselves a bad name with their 'droppings' ... we non-dog / cat owners are unsympathetic I guess?

The solution, quite inexpensive really, is a local anaesthetic applied near to the animal's rear end. Step two is to take a needle and thread and stitch up the offending exit. Step three, in time just one mess to clear up!

Only joking, really ... their owners love'em!

I've never had a dog, but many moggies over previous years, though now I hate them as they pursue the wonderful birdlife in our garden ... the viscious little panthers!
Dogs and cats get themselves a bad name with their 'droppings' ... we non-dog / cat owners are unsympathetic I guess? The solution, quite inexpensive really, is a local anaesthetic applied near to the animal's rear end. Step two is to take a needle and thread and stitch up the offending exit. Step three, in time just one mess to clear up! Only joking, really ... their owners love'em! I've never had a dog, but many moggies over previous years, though now I hate them as they pursue the wonderful birdlife in our garden ... the viscious little panthers! Donkey
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4:55pm Mon 9 Feb 09

The Librarian says Oook says...

Donkey, Swindon says...
take a needle and thread and stitch up the offending exit.



And after many months, when they are completely full, they are ready to join the Labour Cabinet.

Miaow!

Only joking Donkey, as you say, cats have at least one useful skill so they are far too qualified for a Labour party post.

There’s no room at the top anyway, Gordon Brown is PM, and he had his eye on the job for 10 years.

Ooops – I think I’ve done a Clarkson. soon I will be forced to apologise for making an entirely factual statement.
Donkey, Swindon says... take a needle and thread and stitch up the offending exit. And after many months, when they are completely full, they are ready to join the Labour Cabinet. Miaow! Only joking Donkey, as you say, cats have at least one useful skill so they are far too qualified for a Labour party post. There’s no room at the top anyway, Gordon Brown is PM, and he had his eye on the job for 10 years. Ooops – I think I’ve done a Clarkson. soon I will be forced to apologise for making an entirely factual statement. The Librarian says Oook
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5:06pm Mon 9 Feb 09

Donkey says...

Well, Library old mate ... I never thought you could turn a story about an inventor's 'pet nappy' into a political statement ... well done!

There's hope for us all ...
Well, Library old mate ... I never thought you could turn a story about an inventor's 'pet nappy' into a political statement ... well done! There's hope for us all ... Donkey
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5:42pm Mon 9 Feb 09

smackrat says...

id just like to say for someone that has 10 diplomas the bloke is a total beep and he should strap it to his mouth for all the c**p his coming out with.and .i think thats a rap.
cluck cluck. jimmy on the boil. i got sweat on back like a layer of frost.mother superior.its a complete choclate tea pot if you ask me
id just like to say for someone that has 10 diplomas the bloke is a total beep and he should strap it to his mouth for all the c**p his coming out with.and .i think thats a rap. cluck cluck. jimmy on the boil. i got sweat on back like a layer of frost.mother superior.its a complete choclate tea pot if you ask me smackrat
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8:36pm Mon 9 Feb 09

I Too says...

Well, If I meet the guy, I'm going to tell him what a wonderful idea it is.
I'm going to praise him for, his donation to a cleaner society.
I will tell him that his years of study were well spent.
I'm going to reassure him that his invention is flawless, and will work well.
I will insist that the market for such a device is probably overwhelming and his biggest problem will be to produce enough quantity, of his invention, to meet retail demands.
But only because I would love to see the outcome, when he appears on Dragon's Den. Ha ha ha ha ha
Well, If I meet the guy, I'm going to tell him what a wonderful idea it is. I'm going to praise him for, his donation to a cleaner society. I will tell him that his years of study were well spent. I'm going to reassure him that his invention is flawless, and will work well. I will insist that the market for such a device is probably overwhelming and his biggest problem will be to produce enough quantity, of his invention, to meet retail demands. But only because I would love to see the outcome, when he appears on Dragon's Den. Ha ha ha ha ha I Too
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10:07pm Mon 9 Feb 09

The Librarian says Oook says...

Donkey, Swindon says...
Well, Library old mate ... I never thought you could turn a story about an inventor's 'pet nappy' into a political statement ... well done!
There's hope for us all ...


All of us who aren't going to vote Labour next time anyway, , , ,LMAO
Donkey, Swindon says... Well, Library old mate ... I never thought you could turn a story about an inventor's 'pet nappy' into a political statement ... well done! There's hope for us all ... All of us who aren't going to vote Labour next time anyway, , , ,LMAO The Librarian says Oook
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10:14pm Mon 9 Feb 09

PeeGee says...

Give the guy a break. He has invented something.... a life without a proper job.

security word rich-step. I don't think so.
Give the guy a break. He has invented something.... a life without a proper job. security word rich-step. I don't think so. PeeGee
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11:40pm Mon 9 Feb 09

BWB says...


Perhaps his Invention could be
adapted to go over Gordon Browns
mouth. After all,thers enough C**p
emitted from it.

GOOD NIGHT ALL.
Perhaps his Invention could be adapted to go over Gordon Browns mouth. After all,thers enough C**p emitted from it. GOOD NIGHT ALL. BWB
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6:16pm Tue 10 Feb 09

gordon dickinson says...

you are all talking crap.
you are all talking crap. gordon dickinson
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