I was never really good at telling jokes, and I don’t know the punchline to this one, But I’m not going to let that stop me from telling you what it was about. The joke starts out with an elaborate description of an alien ship landing on Earth. The amusing part details an alien being witnessing and human being walking behind a dog. The dog stops to defecate, the human picks up the dog’s feces, puts it in a bag, and takes it home.  I can see where that can be funny and confusing at the same time.

So here’s the “Scoop”:  There is no longer any excuse for leaving feces where it falls!

Parvovirus, Roundworms, Hookworms, Whipworms, Tapeworms,  Giardia and Coccidia are transmitted via dog feces. Salmonellosis is the most common bacterial infection transmitted to humans from dog feces, but not the only one. Dogs step in it, roll in it, sniff it, and yes, even some dogs will eat it. Not only is there a risk of stepping in the waste and tracking the mess and the diseases into your home, but as rainwater begins to dissolve the piles of waste, contaminants are transported via runoff into the groundwater. Dog feces is known to be one of the leading sources of contamination in lakes, rivers, and streams. In addition, the nitrogen released in animal waste combines with other naturally occurring elements in lakes and streams causing an increase in ammonia levels resulting in dead fish.

There are a plethora of products designed for the easy removal and disposal of this unsanitary, toxic, and otherwise disgusting entity available everywhere there is poop. Pet supply companies have an abundance of easy to use, inexpensive devices, and bags to aid in your quest to clean up your property and your neighbors. Poop bags seem to be the most popular was to quickly bag and dispose of your dog’s waste.

No more forgetting to take bags because there are cute and colorful plastic attachments for your dog’s leash that are made to be filled waste pick-up bags. Some poop bags are designed with handles for easy closure and carrying. Some bags are thicker than others depending on the manufacturer, so I recommend a little investigation and not going with the least expensive brand, if possible. BETTER YET:  vegetable-based bags are 100% plastic-free.

For the latest in modern convenience, there are reliable companies that will Scoop-the-Poop for you, and dispose of it in accordance with your town’s regulations.