by Jason Smith
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The other day, after I had finished my scooping route, I came home and decided it was way past time to mow the yard. Here in Kentucky, we had experienced several days of rain, with flooding in several parts of the state. With all that rain, the grass was happily growing tall, without a dry day in sight to mow the grass. Fortunately, the rain had cooled things down in my part of the state and a dry afternoon was ideal for mowing. I grabbed the mower and started mowing the front yard.
Much to my surprise, I found little nuggets all over my front yard. Now, I know it wasn’t from the dog I was pet sitting in my home because I had let her out in the backyard to do her business. These nuggets were obviously from wandering dogs. Granted, I’m a professional pooper scooper but do you really think I want to clean up dog waste from stray dogs or people walking their dogs in my yard? Absolutely not.
We need to install a fence, I thought. I still like this idea. As soon as the budget allows, it is a viable option to solve the problem of a stray dog entering my yard to take a dump. Until then, I would appreciate a little help in this matter.
If you’re a dog walker or you’re walking your dog past my house, please be considerate and pick up the waste with a poop bag. I have walked dogs for others and I always make sure I’m carrying poop bags just in case the dog takes a potty break while we’re walking. You wouldn’t like it if I let a dog in my care poop on your lawn, so why would you think that I would like it? Forget the label on my Jeep that reads “We Scoop Dog Poop” and simply follow the Golden Rule. Matthew 7:12 says, “In everything, do to others as you would have them do to you.”
I really don’t care if you think poop is gross and you don’t want to stoop down to pick it up because it stinks. Do you really think you are the only person in the world that dislikes dog poop? Nobody likes to pick up dog poop. That’s the main reason I have a job. I enjoy what I do because it makes a difference in the lives of others. The problem with the wayward dog walker is that instead of concerning himself with others, he takes a selfish position that says, “Yes! That’s one less pile I have to clean up. Good dog!”
Need I remind you about the new signs popping up around pet-friendly apartment complexes? They read:
“Pet Waste Transmits Disease…clean up after your pet.”
It is true that dog waste transmits disease. Some of the diseases your dog can pass on to humans include:
Even worse is a disease that dogs can spread to other dogs: parvovirus.
So when you let your dog poop all over and fail to clean up after her, you are aiding in the spread of diseases that can harm people and pets. Besides this, you may create a situation that you’d want to avoid.
A while back, I had read an article about a man walking a dog. The dog had squatted on a lawn, appeared to have pooped (when in truth, only urinated), and the man and dog promptly continued on their way. The owner of the property had witnessed the act and followed the man home. When the property owner caught up with the dog walker, the property owner struck the dog walker and killed him. Now, that’s a little extreme, but there are crazy people out there. My advice to avoid such an encounter is to get in the habit of cleaning up after your dog. If this grosses you out, you have other options:
1 – Don’t have a pet dog. They poop and eventually someone is going to have to do the dirty work.
2 – Hire a dog walker. It’s part of the job to clean up after the dog. If you’re a dog walker and you’re not doing this, it’s time to get out of the business of walking dogs.
3 – Hire a professional pooper scooper to do the dirty work for you. Now, keep in mind, luxury services like these don’t come cheap; if they do, they probably aren’t worth it. Don’t skimp on price when it comes to choosing a professional pooper scooper. You indeed get what you pay for.
Jason Smith is the owner of PetCorps Professional Pet Care, a Kentucky pet services company. Before starting his business in 2007, Jason served on active duty as a veterinary technician in the United States Army. He worked overseas at the Osan Airbase Veterinary Clinic in Osan, South Korea and later oversaw the care plan of the military working dogs at the Fort Knox Veterinary Treatment Facility in Fort Knox, KY. His mission is to help make pet care pawsible by being a resource to people and their pets. For more information about PetCorps, visit petcorps.info.