The problem of dog doo must be bigger than I realized. It’s big enough that I’m devoting a second entry to it.
The Washington State government is so concerned about it that they’ve developed an ad about it. No sh^*, they paid $27,000 for a music video about picking up your dog’s waste.
It’s a catchy tune and, just in case you need visual help, they include hands-on demonstrations during the song to enable you to “grasp” the problem.
I guess this is a good thing as, recently, a study done by University of Colorado Boulder, in which air samples were taken from four locations, Chicago, Detroit, and Cleveland, cities with over 2 million people, and Mayville, WI, a town with less than 6,000, found canine fecal matter floating freely in the air.
What was determined by analyzing the DNA of the bacteria was that during the winter dog feces bacteria is at an all-time high. They wish to continue this study in other cities to see if this holds true elsewhere.
What gives me the shivers is, if these dog fecal spores are floating around at an all-time high during the winter, imagine what kind of readings they’d get at dog parks. And those people and dogs are breathing it every time they visit.
So what’s the low-down on dog poop? According to New Animal Control.Org only about 40% of people, women more than men, pick up after their dog. What are the dogs contributing to the environment that can make people ill? “E. coli, a bacterium that can cause disease, and fecal coliform bacteria, which spread through feces. Dogs also carry salmonella and giardia.” Also, “Studies done in the last few years put dogs third or fourth on the list of contributors to bacteria in contaminated waters.”
But back to the music video. I’m including it here for your enjoyment. I give it a 5 bag rating. Feel free to sing along. Ah-one, and ah-two, and ah-three…