Poop Etiquette: It’s Everybody’s Business

By Jessica Brown

 

Being a champion of dog-doo etiquette and a multiple dog owner, I was asked to write about why I think scooping my pets’ poop is so important.

THERE ARE THREE MAIN REASONS.

NUMBER ONE:

I want to be a good dog owner.

I don’t want to give other dog owners out there a bad name. Those of us who love and own dogs need to be positive advocates for our four-legged friends. We must represent dog owners well to all the people out there that don’t like dogs (Gasp! Yes…. they exist). If we want our pets to be allowed in more places then we need to play by the rules, and that includes picking up your dogs’ poop. Nobody… and I mean nobody… enjoys stepping in a big pile of dog doo.

 

SECOND REASON TO SCOOP THE POOP:

Dog doo is nasty stuff and bad for our water.

Dog doo has nitrogen, phosphates, parasites, fecal coliform, and other yucky bacteria in it. Here is a fun fact for ya: a single gram of pet feces contains an excess of 23 million fecal coliform bacteria – eww!!! When it rains, poop and other pollutants (litter, oil, etc.) are washed away and end up in our rivers and streams. This is bad news for the aquatic life. It is estimated that pet poop is responsible for one quarter of the fecal contamination in our water!

 

THIRD AND FINAL REASON:

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

In this case we could say poo unto others as you….. (snicker snicker). But the golden rule does apply in this situation. We all have to live together on this beautiful Earth, and more specifically, in our beautiful town. I’m proud to bring my out-of-town friends and family here and show off our awesome little town. So we each need to do our part in keeping Greenville clean and green. So please – do your due duty and pick up your dog doody.