Several months back I was driving down the road when I saw this car wrapped in a Poop 911 advertisement. In quoting myself, I yelled out, “Holy Crap!” Fortunately for me, the driver of the car was heading to the same gas station I was, so in true El Sharko reporting form, I had to ask him about his car and business.
The driver was more than happy to discuss the business, and I inquired out of sheer curiosity, both as a dog owner and a possible client. Basically, how the business works on a “poop by poop” basis. They charge the home owner by the week, or in some instances, by the amount of poop they pick up. Apparently, this biz has been around for a while but is fairly new to Fort Lauderdale. And considering that Broward County politics are controlled by the Democratic Party, shoveling the sh** business in this county is a pretty stable long-term business proposition.
Here are some important facts about dog poop to consider-
Dog Waste Facts
1) Dog Poop is NOT Fertilizer!
Dog poop in particular is not fertilizer like cow manure. Contrary to popular opinion not all poop is created equal. Dog’s have a high protein based diet that creates a very acidic excrement or waste product. Far more info than you ever wanted to know about your favorite furry friend’s business, right? But, it’s true. Cow manure is in fact good for vegitation because it in fact started out that way. Dog’s diets are very different. Most dog foods today are composed of beef, chicken and/or pork products. This creates a high acidic waste product that is bad for your grass and can leave your back yard looking like, well, not looking like much of a yard at all.
2) Dog are a very signifcant host of bacteria that is harmful to humansOne gram of dog waste can contain 23 million fecal coliform bacteria. Dog waste can spread giardia and salmonella as well.
3) Not picking up after your dog may be illegal
Most metropolitan areas have impossed fines, some cities up to $750 if you don’t pick up after your dog in a public place. Many cities are looking into legislation that will apply to private property as well because of its impact on the enviorment.
4) Parasites form dog waste can be passed on to childern, other dogs, and even themselves
Some of the possible ways a dog or cat can obtain various different parasities, viruses and stages of bacteria from their own poop include: rolling in their feces, pawing at it, and in rare instances even eating it-coprophagy. Some alments that can affect humas are: Parvo Virus, Trichinosis, Whipworms, Hookworms, Roundworms, Giardia and Coccidia.
5) One pile of pet waste can take a year or more to fully breakdown.
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