Summit Daily letters: The down low on dog droppings
March 9, 2017
The down low on dog droppings
I cannot believe I've been jogging trails in Summit County for 40 years, whoa. I would like to tell you a little story, give some sound bites on how I deal with the High County dog poo and yellow snow.
I have had some pretty impressive dogs in my life and the local wildlife seems to enjoy my company, too. I think it is because I don't mix the two. Anyway, having lived on the recpath for over 30 years, I tend to clean it up to make our neighborhood even more appealing. In the old days, all the major use trails around Frisco were packed down by snowmobiles. Bo Bogan and Pirate Pete did not give out plastic bags and the dog owners wore a pair of crap kickers. Dog owners were proud that they were able to keep the trails dog poo free by kicking it off to the side and patching the yellow snow spots with a round nose shovel. Every morning I jog the Grand Old Lady, as I call her, from my home to the bridge at the west Frisco parking lot. Before the ski area this was the most popular ski trail Frisco had. Years ago, Jon Charlie Meyer, of the Denver Post, wrote about Frisco's free ski trail. Families would come from the Front Range, rent skis on Main Street, park at the west end lot. The earlier risers would get to my house about noon, taking pictures and asking where they could get a great burger and a cold beer, my response, "The Moose Jaw, for a steak dinner, Charity's Restaurant." Some groups would ask for nighttime entertainment and it was Barkley's. The next time I would show up on Main Street I would get a free beer and a thank you. That was truly micro-economics at its best!
Here are some sound bites that I have heard this fall and winter:
1. From a non-dog owner neighbor, "There are too many loose dogs."
2. From a dog owner nearby holding a poop bag, "There are too many dog owners not picking up after their dogs."
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3. Closed a dog park in downtown Denver because they need to clean it up. Dogs without a yard are at a disadvantage.
4. Spent two nights in a Castle Pines neighborhood "quiet, very clean, a lot of children and a lot of dogs. Zero tolerance for dog poop and bark collars for loud dogs!"
5. From a friend and longtime resident of North Frisco holding a poop bag, "His dog got worms last spring from all the poop dog owners left all over the trail."
6. From a few weeks ago a lady made the same comment; her dog got worms last spring.
Here is how I get all dog poo in bags and headed to Summit County landfill: If you have a yard, use a tie-out cable or cable runner. First key to all this is having the access to the latch hooked on a nail about 1 foot from your outside door handle. Open the door and grab the latch (if frozen, hold the latch in your hand for a few seconds) and let the dog out. Most dogs will poop or pee away from the door. So when your dog is finished, let him in and go out and pick up the poo immediately. The key is I always use a round pointed shovel or a garden tool. Then scoop it into a Safeway or Wal-Mart bag, take the loops and tie them together and put in your trash bin. With tying the loops tight, I found that it becomes leak proof and odorless. For years I had a 4-yard flat top dumpster with a lock on my vacant property. At one time I found at least 50 poop bags under our locked lid, which was fine by me because there wasn't any poop or poop bags left on the trail!
I would be a hypocrite if I said I got my entire dog's poop, but if we can get every dog owner getting 95 percent of their dog's waste to the landfill, that is a victory for all of us.
Kudos to Jim
I'd like to commend Jim Callison on his excellent letter published in the Summit Daily on Wednesday, March 8 ("Regarding Susan Brown's column"). In a time when there are so many vindictive statements, "alternative facts," name-slinging and unfounded accusations, it's refreshing to read a letter such as this. Jim's approach is non-confrontational and also factual. He presents his points in a clear, logical fashion — all supported by recent events. No demagoguery, just facts. When you read a summary such as this, the case against the president is indeed compelling.
Truly this can be described as "what oft was thought, but ne'er so well expressed." Thank you, Jim.
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