I grew up in Maryland.
As a child, spring meant warm weather, blooming bulbs, and the opening of the snow cone stand.
But now I live in snowy upstate New York. And spring means two things: mud and dog poop.
Is That Dog Poop I See?
As the snow melts (we still have quite a bit in the back yard), we’re finding treasures. No, not my camera patch cord that disappeared months ago. And not our favorite frisbee.
Honey has left dozens of little brown (and white and grey) piles of poop for us to pick up.
I’m flabbergasted. I thought I was pretty good about cleaning up after her right away.
We keep a packet of Flush Doggy flushable dog poop bags beside the back door. Don’t I always go out to clean up after Honey?
In the snow. And ice. And sub-zero temperatures. When I’m barefooted.
Oh. I see what happened.
Why The Trash Crews Hate Spring
My flushable clean-up bags aren’t made to pick up desiccated clumps of dog poop combined with snow and mud. So my husband headed out to the yard with a trusty rake, shovel, and kitchen trash bag.
Instead of cleanly flushing Honey’s waste, we’ll be dumping it with our garbage Sunday night. Along with dozens of other neighbors.
I bet the trash crews are the only people who pray for freezing temperatures. Because picking up bag after bag of a winter’s worth of dog poop is enough to make anyone want to quit his job.
What Do You Do AFTER You Scoop The Poop
Seeing Honey’s massive biology project that had been hiding under the snow all winter helps me understand why my post reviewing the best disposal options, “What Do You Do AFTER You Scoop The Poop,” is still popular.
And a recent uptick in hits lets me know I’m not the only person who has wondered which is the best option: composting, flushing, tossing out with the trash, or just flinging it over the fence (though in truth, my neighbor hates when Honey’s dog poop lands on her back porch).
For now, I’m thrilled to have the ease of flushing Honey’s waste (as long as I don’t wait too long to clean up after her). And I’m contemplating dog poop disposal for our next phase of life aboard a sailboat.
The thought of being locked below in a sailboat on a rainy day with dog poop rotting in the trash is worse than a thousand deaths.
How long will we have daily shore access for Honey? Will we be burying her waste? Carrying it with us? Burning it?
If we skip the bags, can we flush it in the marine head? And how much faster will that fill our holding tank?
And then there’s the question I’ve always wanted to ask: Do sharks eat dog poop?
Give us a year out on the water. Then I’ll write “What Do You Do After You Scoop The Poop – The Marine Version.”
And hopefully, I’ll eventually stop associating spring with dog poop.
Your Turn: Do you follow the major trend by throwing your dog’s poop in the trash? Or have you tried a less traditional method like flushing or composting?
If you have a city sewer system and are curious about flushable dog poop bags, check out my review. Or order free samples to try by clicking the Flush Doggy Link on the right. If you order Flush Doggy bags, I’ll earn a small commission. Thanks for your support.