It’s a beautiful day to walk Fido and your pup has just finished doing his morning ‘business.’ As you walk away noticing the peaceful serene of the moment, you hear that all familiar ‘whoop, whoop’ behind you. Yes, you are being ticketed. ‘For what?’, you may ask. In the city of Richmond and some surrounding counties, there is ordinance for not cleaning up after your pet. It’s a rather costly $250 fine for you to be exact.
The beautiful day just took a turn for the worse. Unfortunately, the ordinance was forced into play because other irresponsible pet owners have not cleaned up after their own pets. When you think how you would feel if you walked into the path of a previous pooch and having that reminder with you for the rest of the day, it changes the perspective doesn’t it?
It probably goes without saying there are many diseases and parasites relating to dog feces. Salmonella, tapeworms, parvo, whipworms, and need I go on? So please forget the myth it is just a natural fertilizer. Leaving your dogs feces can cause a multitude of health issues, not to mention it’s just downright nasty. On the other hand, if you don’t have respect for your friends, neighbors or city dwellers, then your wallet will be a whole lot lighter in the days to come.
Many apartment complexes, as well as parks, have installed receptacles with disposable bags and even a container to put the full bags in. They couldn’t have made it any easier other than following your dog around themselves. If there isn’t one nearby when your pup gets the call of nature, be prepared to take a plastic bag and a hand-wipe or sanitizer with you. What’s that you say? You’re not touching that? Let’s go over the proper technique so that your hands never touch the poop at all.
Once your dog has relieved himself, open the plastic bag; stick your hand down to the bottom of the bag with your thumb in one corner and your other fingers in the other corner. Place your bag over the feces and grab it up so it is in the palm of your hand. Take your other hand and grab the top of the bag pulling it over your filled hand. Viola, you tie it up and have never touched anything except the plastic bag. The next step is to throw it away in a trash receptacle. Please do not leave on top of the can or beside it or even somewhere close to it. Put it in the trash can. If the bag is left outside of the trash can, it is considered littering which can be up to $500.
Be respectful of others when concerning your pet. It takes 30 seconds to keep the environment safe and clean and your wallet happy.