Let's play what if. What if I let Po and Izzy come outside in the front yard with me without being leashed. What if they did what this dog just did and the people involved weren't as cool with pitbulls as we are? Does it even matter what kind of dog is unleashed to run up to other animals and people? No. Every dog should be properly restrained to ensure the safety of the dog and others. Not only is the owner of this dog putting the dog at risk, the owner is breaking a county leash ordinance. This happens all the time. This should never happen. Even though this dog seems friendly and isn't a pitbull, this dog could still do damage to another person or pet. This dog could be hit by a passing automobile. This dog's owner is irresponsible. Poor dog. Unfortunately, the little guy in the video above isn't the only dog at risk. Despite a warning from our county animal control, this dog owner refuses to heed safety. The sweet little dog roaming my yard (and sometimes the road) in the video below is owned by the same man. All of this foolishness happens when the owner is outside with the dogs! Ugh! Does he value his dogs? I have serious doubts.
Due to neighborhood restrictions, an obvious compost heap is out of the question, so after some research I opted for a black trash can. It took me about an hour to riddle it sufficiently with holes. The object of the game is aeration. I want that rascal to get plenty of air so that aerobic organisms will be interested in the goodies inside. I also did some reearch into the potential poo poundage excreted by mid sized dogs and I think I will have about 800 pounds of doo doo to deal with a year. One 32 gallon can is just the beginning! I feel ever so much better about depositing the girls contributions into this than I do about other means of disposal. I expect to be adding more cans as needed, since going from doo doo to good stuff doesn't happen overnight. It also takes more than just doo doo to make things happen properly. I have a new obsession with the right balance of greens and browns. Perhaps next year the contents of this container will nourish the ornamentals in our back yard as other containers mature.
Two dogs produce a lot of crap, and we simply mustn't let it just sit there in the yard. If we do, we have a gross yard that is fit for neither beast nor man. For years I have been managing the dog dung by scooping it and tossing it into the garbage. This is no good. It ends up preserved for future generations via the local land fill. I reckon that landfill has a few tons of Po and Izzy poop now. I don't want to keep adding to this problem, so what could I do? What am I going to do? When I worked with horses, I grew outrageous gardens, thanks to their composted contributions. So, why not do the same with the contributions of my dogs? Pathogens, many say. Harmful types of worms and bacteria could become a problem. Visions of Ascarids are now floating in my head. Ugh! But surely, there is a safe way to convert about 800 pounds of yearly doggy doo into great garden amendments! It's all about the temperature, some say. I agree. Years ago, I noticed that composting horse manure resulted in a downright steamy pile when it was decomposing. We used to stand in the middle of our giant pile of pucky to warm our toes after throwing hay to the horses out in the pasture during winter. Surely this must have smelled horrendous, you might be thinking. No, no it didn't. The horse poop was also mixed with some hay and wood shavings as well as horse pee and it never smelled bad. The combination of goodies made for hot non smelly composting! So, how can I recreate this with Po and Izzy's contributions? Rule number one-Thou shalt not have a huge pile of steaming crap and such on thy tiny tortured suburban plot. O.K., so I shall have a composting bin or several and they must be disguised as something else entirely. I'm thinking multiple trash cans copiously drilled full of holes. I'm hoping that black trash cans will suffice and that their color will promote enough heating to kill off any bad germs. The idea is to get some aerobic composting without any ground contamination. I want the end results for my plants, and I certainly dont want to produce any smelly gas which would result from anaerobic decomposition. Since my dogs don't live in stalls and defecate into nice wood shavings or sawdust, this or a similar component I will have to add. A prior experiment taught me that dog turds hang around forever when grouped together with nothing else. I have a turd block in a flower pot as testimony. If it wasn't so unhygienic, it could probably serve in place of a brick. As this canned doo project progresses, I will post results. One thing I will not be doing is fertilizing the herbs and food plants with the dog contributions. I will be saving my own fabulous poo for those if I have my way completely.