Disclosure: I am bringing this post to you through my partnership with Cottonelle, their new Cottonelle Fresh Care Flushable Cleansing Cloths, and sharing the news about their #LetsTalkBums campaign.”
What we won’t do for our dogs, right? I recently took a blog-acation to catch up on writing and enjoyed spending days with our pack. We went for long, daily walks and I learned that I’m now firmly in the camp that our dogs need to be on leashes, our pack still can’t handle the dog park, and there are a lot of people who don’t pick up their dog’s poop.
The logistics of dog poop
So let’s get real here. I recently joined the camp of leashing up our dogs on walks and picking up their poop – basically, I decided to obey the law. It’s not like I have a pack that menaces the community or is clogging the water system with dog poop, but we’re contributing in our own way. Yayyy TEAM!
My logic was that if the dogs crapped in the tall grass, I didn’t need to pick it up, because it’s natural. It’ll fertilize the grass (wrong), it’s off the trail so no one will step in it (wrong), and I can’t find it anyway (laazyyyy).
When picking up poop gets messy
On one of our walks, I was watching a woman clean up after her dog – who pooped in a 10 foot radius, trying to cover as much ground as possible. I could hear her groans and muffled swears as the dog poop bag failed to keep her hands clean. I can so relate – been there many times. Why is it that the moment I realize that I only have three dog poop bags, one of our dogs has to drop a pile that rivals a Great Dane?
Yes, there are contraptions (Easy Scoop a Poop) we can buy to make picking up dog poop a cleaner affair, but I have three dogs and I bring the kitchen sink when I go on dog walks (dog treats, iPod, phone, lip balm, gum, camera, poop bags, more poop bags) – the last thing I want is to bring along something else to make life easier. I’m all about logic.
And when I was invited to be brand ambassador (i.e. online spokesperson) for Cottonelle, I immediately thought that my hands will never fall victim to a pile of dog poop. And then started to wonder how I could use it with our dogs…
Cottonelle is for the humans, not the dogs
Sadly, Cottonelle is for humans, not for dogs, but I laugh that my head immediately went to how I could use it to care for our dogs; not how I could use it to remove dog poop from my hands. Given the amount of stuff I pack along for an easy dog walk, and the number of times I’ve used leaves to clean the dog poop off my fingers, I’m surprised that I never thought to bring wipes too. I have yet to find a hand washing station at the dog park or on walking trails. Go figure. Maybe the poop bag fail is more isolated to me and that lady. Sucks!
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