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. [Continue Reading]