As a rule while adventuring on trails, I don’t pick up dog poop bags because I don’t want people to think there is a magical poop bag fairy who follows behind and picks the bag up for you (there isn’t).
But during a recent run in Forest Park, I spotted seven poop bags carelessly tossed off the trail. Seven. To run past the bags and not pick them up would have been almost as irresponsible as leaving behind a bag myself. What I found puzzling, if not downright frustrating, is there was a trashcan within steps from this spot.
While secretly proud, I’m sure my dad is shaking his head that his daughter is writing a blog post about poop, specifically dog poop (sorry, dad I’m also having a contest about poop). But how can I not do something? Left behind dog waste is an environmental and health hazard. Through rainwater, it can leach into our storm drains, lakes, rivers, and streams, polluting them with harmful bacteria making the water unsafe for both people and wildlife.
I’m sure most dog owners have good intentions when they tell themselves, “I’ll pick it up on my way back,” but the truth is this doesn’t always happen, as I often see the same bag days later. I’ve seen one too many orphan poop bags on the trail. So what’s a trail runner and a blogger to do? Of course, you have a contest encouraging responsible dog ownership to prevent a potential doggy mess.
I reached out to two companies that have simple, yet brilliant solutions for carrying dog poop bags while on the go (why didn’t I think of that?). I’m incredibly grateful to Katie of Turdlebag and Stephen from The Fifth Paw for contributing their product for my pooch poop prize package. Here’s a little bit more about their products:
- Turdlebag “Doing something stinky should be easy,” is the clever tagline of Turdlebag, a cute pouch that attaches to the dog’s leash (or harness, bag, backpack) carrying both the before and after poop bags. The extra front pocket is great for stashing keys and loose change. The bag is very-well made and is machine washable.
- The Fifth Paw “An extra paw to help hold the doody” and “hands-free, doody-free”creatively explain this easy-to-use dog poop carrier when walking your dog. The Fifth Paw attaches to most standard flat style leashes and can accommodate up to four bags at a time (Great Dane tested and approved). I love that it’s made in the USA.
And a bonus gift for you – upon doing a little Fido research, I learned about Flush Doggy, a company that makes flushable dog poop bags (yes, you read that correctly). The EPA even gives this approach four paws up stating “flushing pet waste is the best disposal method.” I sent an email off to the company asking for sample bags for my prize package and within minutes May responded that she’d be happy to send me some. Flush Doggy donates a portion of sales to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).
HOW TO WIN A POOCH POOP PRIZE PACKAGE
Winning is easier than choosing your dog’s name – just leave a comment here as to why you should win this pooch poop prize package (extra points for creativity, but keep it clean) and I’ll choose one entry at random (entries will be pulled from here and my social media accounts). Sorry, only responsible pooch owners from the US are eligible. Contest runs from December 15-22. The winner will be announced on Friday, Dec. 23. Good luck.
Thank you to Turdlebag, The Fifth Paw, and Flush Doggy for donating your fabulous products to my contest and for helping encourage responsible dog owners everywhere. Ruff ruff!