Outside Magazine Says “It’s Time to Talk About Dog Poop”

Wes Siler, at Outside Online, this week writes :

“In the United States, pet dogs produce 21.2 billion pounds of poop each year. All that poop is polluting water sources, both in urban areas and the backcountry, largely because dog owners aren’t doing a good enough job picking it up.”

Read the article at:

It’s Time to Talk About Dog Poop

Pet waste has become a major pollutant, both outdoors and at home.

” A 2001 study conducted on Four Mile Run, a heavily polluted stream in northern Virginia, used DNA analysis to determine that 42 percent of the controllable bacteria load in the water came from dog poop. … And again, the scale of the problem is simply massive. That polluted stream in Virginia is just 9.4 miles long, but its watershed contains an estimated 11,400 dogs, which produce 5,000 pounds of poop every day.”

https://www.outsideonline.com/2292736/its-time-talk-about-dog-poop

 

That Ain’t Lazy, That’s Smart!

A dog owner in New Jersey recently posted:

“Name the laziest thing you ever did!

When had a dog i paid a dog poop removal company to come pick the poop up in my backyard once every 2 weeks.”

His friends replied with these comments:

“Na that ain’t lazy”
“I need this 😂 my backyard is big ”
“That’s not lazy that’s smart lol I hate picking up dog poop 💩 😝 🤣
“I don’t even plan on picking up the poop in my back yard but then again i dont want rats and stuff so ima have to do something. I didnt even know a company like this existed”
“Maybe I should call them too”
“I wouldn’t call that lazy. That’s smart. Lol”
“you know I wasn’t walking around with a shovel picking up after Barry we weighed the same lol”

Over the decades the old “How lazy can you get?”  retort has been made lots of times when people first hear about businesses that will clean up dog poop.  But what’s really lazy is just leaving the mess in the yard!  Lazy… and unhealthy for the dog, the yard, the family, and the environment!

It’s true that not every dog owner needs a professional pooper-scooper service.  But for a lot of good people there are a lot of good reasons to welcome the availability of scooper services.

Many busy professionals work crazy long hours, have a lot of appointments and meetings, and have very little free time to do the things they want to, let alone the many chores that have to be done around the house.  For this type of dog owner, leaving the job of shoveling the crap in the back yard to someone who can be relied on to take care of the work properly, regularly, and in an environmentally responsible way takes a burden off the family. It’s one less thing to worry about, knowing that it will be taken care of.  And considering the time involved, for many of these professionals it actually costs less to have a service do this that the value of what they could be doing in their own line of work in that same amount of time!  For so many folks, they just have better things to do, things they’d rather do, that shoveling dog poop, cleaning up the tools, and keeping bags of feces stinking up the trash cans for a week at a time!

And of course, there are a great many dog lovers who for one reason or another the physical task of scooping, shoveling, walking the back yard, bagging, carrying the bags, is not just an inconvenience, but a real difficulty or even an impossibility. Among the gratifications of being a professional scooper is the wonderful feeling of knowing that with our help so many people can keep the needed companionship of their beloved animals when they would otherwise not be able to keep their pets because they can’t do this necessary part of responsible pet stewardship.

Certainly not least among the reasons pooper scooper services are popular is simply the “Yuck Factor.”  People LOVE dogs, and dogs in the family contribute so much to the people’s happiness, health, and personal development, but a lot of people just can’t stand this one disgusting part of taking care of their pets!  Fewer family fights over who has to get out there and clean up the mess contributes to a happier family life, too!

Responsible, caring, loving, busy and hard-working people love their pooper-scooper services!

Lazy people don’t bother to clean up the mess.

Spring Rush!

Lots of people enjoy Spring Break this time of year, and they get to take it easy for a week or so.  But POOPER-SCOOPERS have their busiest work weeks of the year about this time, what with snow melting and uncovering what’s been accumulating over the winter, and people starting to get out there to enjoy their yards again.  Go ahead, join the rush! Find a scooper you’ll love at www.pooper-scooper.com.

“IT” Doesn’t Have to Happen.

Pet Waste Billboard
“When your pet goes on the lawn, remember your pet doesn’t just go on the lawn. Do your doodie and pick up pet waste! “

We can help you do your part to help keep our waters clean.

Find out more at http://www2.erie.gov/environment/index.php?q=if-you-don039t-stoop-scoop-it-happens

“Pet waste can carry harmful bacteria, parasites, or viruses. It can make people, especially children, very sick. It can also be dangerous to wildlife and other dogs. Rodents are very attracted to pet waste left in your yard. That is why it is important to pick up after your pet. When you leave pet waste on the ground, rain and snow melt runoff carry it to nearby storm drains where it reaches our lakes, rivers, and streams, often untreated. Once there, it can elevate bacteria levels and contaminate our waterbodies, causing our beaches to close. Decaying pet waste also consumes oxygen and may release ammonia. Low oxygen levels and high ammonia can damage the health of fish and other aquatic life. Similarly, nutrients in pet waste may increase algae and weed growth in our water, which consume oxygen as they decompose, further harming aquatic life. “

Waste Stations Improve Public Areas and Trails

“Earlier this month Marin supervisors approved a contract for a pet waste removal service they’ve used before to scour our open spaces twice a week to clean up after dog owners and walkers who can’t — dare I say won’t — pick up after their dogs.  … emptying and relining dog waste cans by the open space gates, and restocking the dispensers holding biodegradable pet waste bags.”

Tidy Turf Pet Waste Removal of Sonoma, California was awarded the job of helping to keep the trails and open spaces of Marin clean, beautiful, pleasant and healthful.

“It’s not an easy job,” said Brian Sanford, Marin Open Space District superintendent.

Read the full article by Vicki Larson, at the Marin Independent Journal, here: http://www.marinij.com/lifestyle/20171113/its-a-crappy-job-but-someone-has-to-do-it

It’s a crappy job but someone has to do it

 

 

Your Neighbors Will Love Your Pooper-Scooper Service, Too

Cop Log–
“10:15 a.m.: Police received a call from the 1300 block of 30th Street Road. The caller had a neighbor who did not clean up their dog’s poop. The smell was so bad the caller was unable to go outside.”
Your neighbors, and your dog, want you to get your yard cleaned.

Cop log: Dog poop keeps resident inside; police chase raccoon out of trench

Pooper-Scoopers Help Control Rats

 Ald. Matt O'Shea (19th) blamed backyards filled with dog poop for recent sightings of rats in Mount Greenwood. Much of the conversation at a town hall meeting Wednesday night focused on the rodent problem.

Ald. Matt O’Shea (19th) blamed backyards filled with dog poop for recent sightings of rats in Mount Greenwood. Much of the conversation at a town hall meeting Wednesday night focused on the rodent problem.View Full Caption

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MOUNT GREENWOOD — An emerging rat problem in the neighborhood can be attributed to one thing, the 19th Ward alderman said: dog poop.

“You know why rats come into certain areas? Dog feces.” Ald. Matt O’Shea

Read the full story here:

Dog Poop Blamed For Rat Infestation

Is it Crazy to Hire a Pooper-Scooper? It’s Crazy NOT to Get That Mess Cleaned Up.

 

“The major concern with animal waste is that it is nasty stuff in it that can either make you sick or make the environment sick. Animal waste, like human waste, contains bacteria and viruses that if it gets into water bodies that people use can give them all kinds of nasty things, the most common of which is stomach flu.” — Jon Devine, a senior attorney at the National Resources Defense Council

Read more in this article at LifeHacker.com:

How to Keep Your Dog from Destroying the Environment

8 Essential Tips from PetMD

8 Essential Tips for Picking Up Dog Poop

“No one likes scooping pet waste. It’s messy and smelly, but cleaning up is a very necessary part of being a responsible pet parent.”

Read more about Effective Ways to Scoop the Poop, By Victoria Schade, at

http://www.petmd.com/dog/slideshows/8-essential-tips-picking-dog-poop

It’s Important for the Environment

“Dog waste contains extremely high levels of phosphorus and nitrogen, and when added to the water, encourages rampant algae growth. This growth depletes oxygen levels in water, making it difficult for other aquatic organisms to survive.

“As dog waste decomposes, components can seep into the groundwater or run off into surface waters during rain events or snowmelt. The rivers and streams of the Wood River basin are fed almost entirely by rain and snow runoff, making our water systems particularly vulnerable. Therefore, every time dog waste is left on the trail, it adds to the pollution of our local waterways—the waterways that we depend on for drinking, irrigation and recreation.”

Hadley DeBree and Alisa McGowan, Environmental Resource Center, Ketchum

Read the full article at http://www.mtexpress.com/opinion/letters_to_editor/picking-up-dog-waste-is-important-for-valley-environment/article_5d4a42d4-8780-11e7-aefb-0b8ac5d9df65.html :

Picking up dog waste is important for valley environment