Picking Up Responsibility

Couple walking their dogIf you truly want to get on someone’s nerves, try letting your dog poop on their property and not picking it up.

For me, I can’t imagine not cleaning up after my dog when I take it for a walk. But everyday people commit this offense without a thought.

I can remember growing up in Toledo, OH. My grandfather often walked the dog and I would tag along with him. Before we left, he would take empty bread bags and stuff them into his pocket. Then, if the dog happened to drop a pile during the walk, he would use the bag to pick up the poop.

You could do the same thing today. But you probably won’t unless you’re a responsible pet owner. I love how everyone touts, “I’m a responsible pet owner.” Really? The Bible says you will know them by their fruit. So, show me your fruit. Do you pick up after your pets when you go for a walk?

This is serious business. Dog waste does contain bacteria and may contain parasites capable of causing disease in people and pets. Would you want someone’s infected dog to poop on your property, exposing your children and pets to disease? I don’t think so.

I don’t know about you but I get embarrassed when my dog stops to urinate or defecate on the front edge of someone’s lawn. It would be more pleasant for the homeowner and me if my dog simply decided to wait to go until we got home. But, as the saying goes, you gotta go when you gotta go.

There was a story in the news last year about a man walking his dog. It appeared that his dog defecated on someone’s property, when in fact it did not. Because the man did not motion to pick up the poo thought to be there, the homeowner followed the man home and beat the dog walker to death! Can you believe that?

In other news, Louisville city officials banned dogs from the Big 4 Bridge because after its soft opening dog poop was discovered on the bridge. People would walk their dogs on the bridge and not pick up after them. City crews had to clean the bridge three times in one day including pressure washing it.

Let’s face it, people have strong feelings about dog poop. They really hate having to clean up after other people’s dogs. I’m a professional pooper scooper so I understand that dog waste is smelly and sometimes can be disgusting. It doesn’t take but less than a minute to pick it up with a bag on your hand.

Do the right thing and pick up after your pet when you walk it. If you don’t want to pick up after your pet once you get home, hire a professional to do it for you. To find out more about the services PetCorps offers, click here.

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