Dog Poop Is Blooming; It Must Be Spring

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.

Honey the Golden Retriever sits next to some perennials protected by a fence.

My people used to think flowers and green grass were signs of spring. But now they know that dog poop appearing under the melted snow is the true sign of spring.

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.

Honey the Golden Retriever sniffs at Conley Park in Ithaca.

Spring blossoms! They’re the next thing to appear after the dog poop.

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.

Golden Retriever on a walk

He’s so dramatic!

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.

Getting rid of dog poop with Flush Doggy flushable dog waste bags.

A poop collage – the land based version.

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.

Honey the Golden Retriever puppy

You should think of puppies as a sign of spring. After all, I came to live with you in the spring.

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.



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  1. With three dogs to clean up after, I have no choice but to gather it in a trash bag. Our commode has a hard enough time handling t-paper, forget about flushable poop bags. So, I have a large, orange, Home Depot bucket, lined with a plastic trash bag, out in the yard. The garbage guys get a whiff of dog poop every other week. But, really, it’s not that bad as long as the girls haven’t had bouts of GI “issues”. 😮

    • For most people, the trash is definitely the best option.

      For us, it was a disaster. Because we composted and our recycling center accepts nearly all recyclable materials, we only put out trash every few months (and pay per bag). You don’t know to know what happen to a trash bag of poop in the summer after a month. :)

  2. Our ‘spring crop’ goes out in the trash. With two big dogs there’s just too much volume to do anything else with it. Our trash collector is lucky, though. Here, we have the huge stand-up bins that get picked up and dumped by a big mechanical arm, while the trash collector sits nice and cozy in the cab.

    • I’ve read that trash collection is one of the most dangerous jobs in the developed world. It sounds like your method is much safer besides keeping down exposure to dog and other nasty smelling waste.

      • Yup our trash is collected with a big metal arm too, only the recycling guys get out of the cab and that’s just for the glass.
        We throw our poop out in the trash.

  3. Our poop goes in the trash, but since we only do business on walks, it is done right away. Poop isn’t a big issue around our area, but we hate all the trash that pops up. Bailie always wants to try and eat junk she finds.

    • I also prefer Honey does her business on her walk. But my husband isn’t quite as committed.

      As for Bailie, it’s probably better she’s eating junk and not poop she finds.

      • Mike Webster says:

        From the Husband:
        I’m sorry Pam is upset at my lack of commitment, but I really prefer to do my business in the john. And the one time I did try to poop on the sidewalk, I got yelled at.

  4. I bag it and toss it in the trash. As long as people pick up after their dogs (tossing it over the fence doesn’t count) – I don’t really care how they do it! I have a new rule now: if B poops next to an existing pile from someone else’s dog, I will pick that pile up too. I know it isn’t much – but hey, it’s one less poop pile for people to have to look at while they are hiking.

    Sooooo glad we don’t have snow in my area. I don’t think I could handle the “spring blossoms” you snow covered folk are faced with every year!

  5. I have leaf piles that the dogs poop on and when it comes to spring clean up I rake and pick up the heaviest areas to bag and throw away, but the rest I rake into the leaf piles which are quite active, and let them decompose. I pick up and throw away all year long, but can’t stop spring duties!

  6. It’s tricky, but we try to cleanup the missed piles just as the snow is melting and before the poop totally thaws, then it goes in the trash. It’s amazing how much you miss when there’s snow on the ground.

  7. We use biodegradable poop bags and throw them in the trash outside. We live in an apartment complex and it’s a major problem. No one picks up their poop. :( It’s disgusting. We have to drive elsewhere to play in the grass.

  8. I flush Richie’s poop, too! I was so glad to discover flushable poop bags, since he would inevitably poop in the yard as the trash truck was driving away down the street, and I hated to stink up the trash can for a week. He’s a small Yorkie and I take him out on a leash to do his business, so I have to pick it up when he does it anyway instead of just scooping once or twice a week. I love it!

  9. I’m just a trash girl –

  10. As much as possible we compost all poo deposited at home. The bags filled on our walks or at the dog park tend to get tossed though.

  11. margaret says:

    I try to keep up with Abby’s poop as she does it daily,but I usually find quite a number of areas forgotten under the snow as it is melting. My problem is I use a shovel & usually end up picking up snow/ice with the poop & dumping it into the plastic bag covered leg pail. The problem comes when the weather warms up enough before trash pickup occurs & when I lift out the plastic bag from the pail I am left with a bag full of liquid brown gross stuff that sloshes around as I leave it at the curb for trash collection. I just pray the bag does not rip as they pick it up to toss it into the truck.

    • There is NOTHING more disgusting than brown poop “tea.”

      My husband punched holes in a bag he used to pick up so the moisture could seep out. Unfortunately, it’s below freezing again so we’ll still have a problem when it thaws.

      Don’t you wish Abby would oblige you by doing her business in the toilet? :)

  12. I’ve been told the sewer line out to the alley has inadequate slope, so I’ve been too chicken to try flushable bags for my 2 prolific poopers. Luckily our garbage guys also have mechanical arm gizmos to empty trash bins (2x/month).

    Our winter was mild this year with very little freezing. I confess missing the convenience of having frozen piles to pick up. But then, we also got very little cover-all-sins snow.