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From The (Portland) Oregonian - July 6, 2007
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Randi Davis of Tigard loves her border collies, Sammy and Sissy, so she picks up after them. But she hates it when other people refuse to do the same, giving dutiful dog owners like her a bad rap.

So she scoops up what others leave behind, with a shovel and without a thank you.
"Yes, it's disgusting and sometimes makes you want to gag," she said. "But it's not a pleasant topic. I'd rather go pick up the piles later than confront people about it."
Now, less-diligent dog owners (you know who you are) have another reason to thank people such as Davis. Scientists have found that taking care of dogs is about more than just etiquette it's about the environment.

Nearly one-fifth of fecal matter in some Portland-area creeks comes from dogs, according to a study by Clean Water Services, a public utility protecting the Tualatin River Watershed.
And it's not just happening with the estimated 80,000 dogs in Portland's southwest suburbs. It's affecting streams from New York to San Francisco, said Mark Jockers, CWS spokesman.
The findings up the ante for environmentally erudite and canine crazy dog owners: Do you or don't you scoop the poop?
Many Portland-area owners say that they feel an unspoken sense of duty to pick up after their pooches. Some shoot dirty looks at those who don't.
"People who won't pick up after their dogs shouldn't have dogs," said Zondra Hanni from Durham, as she held a plastic bag in one hand and leashes for her chow-lab mix and golden retriever in the other.

From her leather Louis Vuitton purse, Shannon Hartley of Tigard pulled out plastic doggie bags for her Lhasa apso, Teddy. "I figure it's the right thing to do," she said. "If no one did, it would be pretty gross."

Rain washes E. coli bacteria and parasites from dog feces off lawns and dumps it into creeks without going through sewage treatment, leaving some scenic spots with potentially unsafe levels of bacteria for wading, swimming and fishing.
The study confirmed what scientists suspected for years, said Jan Miller, water resource program manager with Clean Water Services: Bacteria levels in the Tualatin River tributaries are at times higher than state and federal guidelines.
Dog feces make up 13 percent of the bacteria, according to the study of the Tualatin River's streams, paid for by a $40,000 state Department of Environmental Quality grant. In some streams, it's up to 20 percent. Bird droppings account for 51 percent of the bacteria. And 4 percent comes from humans, mostly from leaking septic tanks. Some people think dog feces makes good fertilizer, Miller said. But it's filled with bacteria. And people don't realize that leaving it in their backyards even if far from creeks can still affect the environment as it makes its way to groundwater and streams, she said.

The best way to dispose of the matter is to simply flush it down the toilet, officials advise. Throwing it into the garbage can work as well.

Tigard is starting a program to get people to follow Hanni's and Hartley's lead. Called Canines for Clean Water, it asks dog owners to pledge not only to pick up dog waste but also to flush it down a toilet. Clean Water Services is trying to get other jurisdictions to start their own programs.
The problem will only get worse as hundreds of thousands of people and their dogs move into the Portland area, Miller added. Many cities don't have pooper scooper laws. They rely on signs urging cleanup and good faith.
The issue is especially important in a city such as Tigard, population 46,000, where there's one dog for every five people, said Carla Staeder, surface water quality coordinator.
"If we had 9,200 people pooping on a lawn two to three times a day," she said, "it's easy to envision that it's a public health issue."

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Poster's Note: I live across the street from a grade school's athletic field, which a good number of dog owners must think is an off leash area. It isn't.
The majority of dog owners, that use the school field, do not scoop up after their dogs. Because of this, the school doesn't use the field for the purpose it was intended for.
The PTA has paid for and posted signs requesting dog owners scoop up after their dogs. It has done little, if any, good.

Maybe the person responsible for the dog deaths in Portland's Laurelhurst Park, a few years ago, just got tired of stepping in all the dog ***.
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~ From The (Portland) Oregonian - July 6, 2007 ~ Randi Davis of Tigard loves her border collies, Sammy and ... her a bad rap. So she scoops up what others leave behind, with a shovel and without a thank you.

Overall, cats are the greater offenders, on several other dimensions as well.
But yeah Responsible pet owners pick up the mess.

Useful hint: Those plastic sacks the newspaper comes in work well for that purpose. Stick your hand in it, pick up the poop, then turn it inside out when you take your hand out, and tie it off for later disposal.
Lots easier than carrying one of those little shovels, and contains the odor nicely.
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Useful hint: Those plastic sacks the newspaper comes in work well for that purpose. Stick your hand in it, pick up the poop, then turn it inside out when you take your hand out, and tie it off for later disposal.

I buy small trash bags. They are cheap, and come in assorted bizarro scents. The newest batch are lavender scented. Left-over grocery bags will work in a pinch, but should be checked before-hand for holes. Yuck!
Also, I recently realized that apartment management actually provides baggies, in a dispenser next to the swimming pool.

Shelly
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The newest batch are lavender scented.

Eww
in thread Shelly whittled the following words:

The newest batch are lavender scented.

Eww

I know. The disconnect between the two scents is a little mind boggling, especially at 4am. Lavender is not as bad as vanilla, though. That was a truly unfortunate pairing.

Shelly
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~ From The (Portland) Oregonian - July 6, 2007 ~ ... leave behind, with a shovel and without a thank you.

Overall, cats are the greater offenders, on several other dimensions as well.

Cats help control the vermin and other pests. Why just the other day, mine brought home a snake she found in the yard.
But yeah Responsible pet owners pick up the mess. Useful hint: Those plastic sacks the newspaper comes in work ... the poop, then turn it inside out when you take your hand out, and tie it off for later disposal.

An actual purpose for subscribing to the Oregonian. So after I'm done using the plastic bag, what should I do with the newsprint?
Lots easier than carrying one of those little shovels, and contains the odor nicely.

I don't think I've seen one of those for a long time, but I do find a shovel useful for those occasions when I have to fling dog *** at my neighbor's house because his loose dog runs over to my yard to poop.
Cats help control the vermin and other pests.

I'm printing this out for my two. They seem unaware of this factoid!

Janet Boss
www.bestfriendsdogobedience.com
I priced purpose-made bags in the pet aisle, and they were 3-4x the price of the ones I buy.

I seem to get a sack of free poop bags at every trial I enter, so haven't bought one in years. You could say that I've free poop bags up the ying yang!

Your misspelling of trail did make me wonder for a moment about the court system where you live.
I seem to get a sack of free poop bags ... say that I've free poop bags up the ying yang!

Your misspelling of trail did make me wonder for a moment about the court system where you live.

Well, he *is* a judge.
(ObYikes: Yikes)

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