Poop-dogs and other rites of spring

by DaniGirl on April 20, 2005 · 6 comments

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I don’t know what the weather has been like in your neck of the woods, but it sure has been fine around here lately. (Yes, as a Canadian blog, it is once again time to discuss the weather as per the Canadian Blog TOS. Rules is rules.)

I am a summer kind of girl. I love the heat, I even love the humidity. Maybe it’s a Leo thing. I love spring, too – the little flowers peeking through the soil, and the way the trees seem to get that green fuzzy cloud around them just before the leaves burst open.

What I don’t like is picking up the winter supply of dog poop. Yuck! I tried to be proactive this year. There were two good thaws in January and February, and I filled bags of brown snow then. Before the snow melted entirely, I was out there in March chipping away at brown and yellow ice. And yet, there were still mounds upon mounds by the time the last of the snow disappeared. Did I mention yuck? I don’t know why our dog is a poop factory, but surely she has some sort of deficiency that makes her poop three times her body weight every week. That much poop is just not normal.

So I spent a spectacular sunny Saturday afternoon with shovel and garbage bag in hand. Since it was so lovely, I couldn’t justify keeping Tristan in the house; however, I also couldn’t let him run rampant through the biohazard that was the yard. So he stayed on the deck and ‘helped’, inasmuch as driving me to distraction with comments and questions is helping.

‘Mommy, why does Katie poop?’

‘Over there, Mommy! There’s more over there.’

‘Mommy, why doesn’t Katie wear a diaper?’

‘Mommy, what are you doing?’

‘Look, over there, you missed some.’

‘Mommy, where does poop go?’

‘Mommy, why do you have to put the poop-dogs in the bag?’

Questions continue to rain down on me, until…

‘Mommy, you’re doing such a good job. Daddy will be so proud of how you made the yard pretty.’

He’s a good kid. And I think we’ll keep the dog, too. For now.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 mgood April 20, 2005 at 3:48 pm

We used Super Scoopers for a Spring clean up. The bill was about thirty dollars, which was really just pennies per poop. Do consider that we have a ninety pound dog who eats LOTS of high chair droppins.
But the best part, and I have to agree with Steve here, was feeling rich and powerful when standing at the window one Friday morning, drinking coffee and watching someone else picking up your dog’s poop.
Poop scoop service: $30.
Coffee: $3.99 US per can.
The feeling: PRICELESS.

2 Danigirl April 20, 2005 at 3:50 pm

Damn, Marla, I’m jealous! I searched high and low (okay, so I googled it once) for a poop service in Ottawa, with no luck.

3 SilverCreek Mom April 20, 2005 at 3:58 pm

Did that 2 wks ago and wrote an ODE to the little brown lumps of dog excerment!
Gross job and I have 100 arces and they still poop around the kids swings!
I hear ya Dani

4 Kaykota April 20, 2005 at 5:00 pm

I love Tristan’s last comment! What a way to make mommy motivated and feel appreciated!
Oh, and you’ve successfully detered me from ever wanting to get a dog.

5 nancy April 20, 2005 at 10:58 pm

Yup – we also filled more than a couple of Loblaws bags FULL of shit. The least likeable rite of spring…agreed.

6 Batman April 21, 2005 at 1:23 am

Maybe that’s why I always liked cats better than dogs. Still lots of poo but they have the decency to leave it in one central location. Meow.
Hey, that reminds me… Do you know how to make a dog sound like a cat? Put him in the freezer for a week and then run him through the bandsaw – Meeeeowwwwwww. Do you know how to make a cat sound like a dog? Cover him with gas and then light a match – WOOOF!!
I know, I know…I’m a very bad man. I do like cats and dogs though regardless of what I say.
Glad to hear Simon’s better. I’m surprised Tristan wasn’t asking why daddy wasn’t helping.

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