Walking the Poop Loop

Image of woman walking dog.
April 8, 2014

Last year, I decided it was time for me to adopt a furry creature. I can honestly say that I was not truly aware of what I was getting into, but bringing Bear into my life was one of the best decisions I have ever made.

Eight months later, I am still learning what it means to be a responsible dog owner. Not everything you do is fun (taking walks during this long winter), but they are a necessary part of owning a dog.

Maybe that’s why it irks me so much to see humans that are not doing their part to be responsible dog owners – as a courtesy to their neighbors, their communities, and even their own dogs.

Image of the dog Bear.

Meet Bear.


Here is the gist… Pick up the dog poop!

I can sit here and give you all the reasons:

  • Dog waste contains bacteria that eventually makes it way to our local rivers and streams and it can harm the natural balance of things.
  • Dog waste may contain diseases that can be spread to your home. When dogs or humans step in it, the bacteria can be carried and spread between dogs and people.
  • It goes on and on……


In the end, we all know that picking up your dog’s poop is the right thing to do. 

Why? I don’t want to step in it… I don’t want my dog to step in it… so why would I leave it behind for someone else to step in it?


The Multiplication of Poop

During this snowy season, I have learned that my dog is very opinionated about finding a nice spot to take care of his business. Miles into our walks, I still don’t know what exactly makes him press on despite wind, snow and my pleading for sanctuary.

We’ll pass by piles of poop all left behind by neglectful owners. At one spot near my house, there are piles of different sizes, shapes and colors all left together in a small area.

Image of a grassy area with multiple piles of poop.

Can you spot all the poop piles?


All I can reason is that once one owner doesn’t pick up after their dog, other owners use that as a license to do the same. “If my neighbor doesn’t have to pick up after his dog, why should I?

The problem with this is the multiplication of poop. One dog’s poop might not seem like much, but imagine if everyone thought this way?  Each year Bear alone produces approximately 582 pounds of dog waste. Imagine all the piles of dog poop, in our public spaces and parks, along our walking paths and flowing into our streams!

So after reading this, hug your dog for me and pledge to pick up your dog’s poop.

It’s easy, and the nice (right!) thing to do for your community!


– By Ana Arriaza and Bear Arriaza


Image of Bear the dog wrapped in a blanket.

Bear being a wimp during the winter snow storms.

6 comments on "Walking the Poop Loop"

  1. A fan of Bear says:

    Great post! I tie several newspaper bags or poop bags on my dog’s leash so we are always prepared! I love Bear, what a cutie pie!

    1. jjones says:

      We’re really glad you liked the post and also do your part for our waterways! Reusing newspaper bags is a great way to pick up dog waste without having to use a new bag.

  2. mirna barrios says:

    Hola, que gusto que hayas compartido esto, quiza poco a poco habran mas dueños responsables

    1. jjones says:

      Hola Mirna, Gracias. Si me daría mucho gusto que hubieran mas dueños responsables.

  3. Rebecca Wolf says:

    Even the cutest dog (Bear, of course) can dump loads of bacteria on our playgrounds, school grounds, walking paths, and, most importantly, our streams. Just think 582 pounds/year! Thanks, for this post. You deserve a Good Human Friend award.

    1. jjones says:

      She does deserve an award! Ana is a great steward and champion for the environment which is why DEP is so grateful to have her on staff!

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