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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Scoop Your Dog's Poop!

Or risk disease, contaminated waters, fines and more! Or so says this enlightening article published in the Huffington Post today. And we couldn't agree more.

Given the wealth of information on the subject, and the almost constant admonitions to make sure that you always pick up your dog's feces and dispose of it properly, we're still startled to regularly "run into" so much dog poop. Sometimes, Parental Unit makes excuses: "Maybe it was a wild dog or boar, or a dog that escaped from its owners backyard, or...this steaming pile the size of a yacht is from a dang squirrel!" Now, many of these reasons and others could be why you have to regularly dodge dog poop, but most likely it's because the humans either left the house without bags, or they just don't care.

The simple fact is that dog feces left hanging around your sidewalks, curbs and local parks poses a public health hazard: according to this article titled,  Doody Calls:The Importance of Scooping Your Dog's Poo,
"...pet feces carry bacteria, viruses and parasites into waterways that can cause unpleasant infections such as Giardia and E. Coli. [and] more indirectly, the excrement also releases nutrients into water that can feed algae, kill marine life, contaminate beaches and send unlucky swimmers home with bouts of diarrhea or hives." Yuk!

See this fun, PSA video inspired by the music of Backstreet, and funded by a grant from the Washington State Department of Ecology, that's been used to promote doggie-doo pick-up in the Puget Sound area.

Now, we know that we're probably "preachin' to the choir", but it always helps to plan ahead by attaching those bags to your dog's leash:-)


buttersthelilyorkiepoo said...

Amen! I get so upset when I see that people haven't cleaned up after their pets...I think it gives non dog owners even more reason to complain about dogs being allowed here or there. And yes, it is dirty and inconsiderate!

Sagira said...

IF anyone is near the Columbus area, there is a great company called Pet Butler that will actually come scoop the poop for you. My rescue group has $10 off new customer cards if anyone wants one and also for each new customer that joins Pet Butler will donate $10 back to our rescue. It is a win-win. :)

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

HEY. Bocci... when my sister LORI lived in Columbus.. they that the Pet Butler thingy. BUTT my mom LOVES ... MY POOPS.. she saves them in this GIANT PILE . BaaaaWaaah

I have Poop Bags in Jennifer Jeep and on my Leash BOTH. Mom wouldn't want to miss anythingy. BAAAAAAAAWAAAAAAAH .

Bocci said...

Ha! You're so funny, Frankie1 Yes, i've seen those Pet Butler trucks-pretty cool!

Asta said...

we sooo agwee wif you
We awe ackshooly lucky to live in an awea wif lots and lots of doggies and wesponsibull ownews..we have gawbage cans at evewy cownew and aways have loads of bagses wif us.
At my doggie wun evewyone picks up and then hoses off the awea at all times..we had A visitow wecently fwom engladn and they wewe pleasantly suwpwised at how few doggie accidents they saw awond ouw city
smoochie kisses

TwoSpecialWires said...

This is one of the Rules that Moma refuses to break. Ever. Thanks for helping others know how important it is to be responsible. Even if it stinks.

Jake and Fergi (remember us?)

Lorenza said...

It is very important to be responsible with the poop issue!
While I am out on my walkies I find lots of big piles of poop!
I have never done that in the street!
My mom has carried a poop bag with her for almost 6 years... and she has never had the chance to use it!
If I need to go.... I run back to our house and go directly to my bathroom!
And my mom says I am sooo silly!
Kisses and hugs

LailaSmith01 said...

sounds interesting! Frankie your so cute and handsome! your so lucky with your dad! :) nice blog. :) Dog Pens

Pup Fan said...

So true... I hate when people don't pick up after their pups!

Bocci said...

Wow, Lorenza-you sure are one classy gal!

Let me tell ya, if you live in an urban area like we do, and you still don't pick up your dog's poop... Seems like a no-brainer to us!

Kirby and Cheryl said...

Love the video! I remember one time I walked into the grass to pick up Kirby's poop and stepped into another dog's poop....ugghhh!

Kirby's mom

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