Picking up your dog's poop is likely not a pleasant thought, but it's definitely a must-do when you live in a big city. If you don't, you just might find yourself in S**T, both literally and figuratively. I don't know about other cities, but in NYC, those fines just increased to $250. Not exactly how I'd like to be spending my money. So, unless your dog knows how to scoop his own poop, I'd
suggest you get comfortable with the idea of stooping and scooping yourself.
Having moved to New York City from the South where big green grassy yards were the norm, I was a bit perplexed when I had to take my dog Maddie out for a walk. I asked myself "if there's no grass, where on earth is she supposed to go to the bathroom"? And when she could no longer stand it and pooped on the sidewalk, I had NO idea I was supposed to pick up after her. Can I tell you how many nasty looks from young and old alike I got? More than a little uncomfortable I must say. So, I quickly learned that standard protocol was to carry a plastic baggie with you and scoop up your dog's poop. And as all big city dog owners know, this is not always an easy or pleasant task. The good news is, it quickly became old news and once I realized I wasn't the only one doing the stoop and scoop, it wasn't quite as embarrassing. I actually became so comfortable with this ritual that when my sister visited me and saw me picking up poop, which totally grossed her out, I told her to think of it as a natural hand warmer during winter's cold months. While I found this pretty funny, suffice it to say she wasn't amused. Some people just have no sense of humor. I call it making the best of a bad situation.
A few poop scoop tips:
- Try to use biodegradable poop bags
- Be considerate and curb you dog
- Dispose of poop and bag in the garbage, not at the curb (shame on you people)
- Save money by going to a dollar store and buying regular baggies. They get the job done.
- And, always, when your dog poops, just stoop and scoop