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Updated on August 25, 2016

A Little More Than Curbing your Dog

Recently I stopped by my nieces shop in the Flat Rock community to drop off some clothing for our nephew. My wife took the garments inside but as I sat in my truck taking in the neighborhood scenery filled with condo's I could not help but notice one man who had just came outside to walk his dog. A fair amount of traffic is in this area so the man was walking his dog in the parking lot and nice grassy area around the condo complex.

The little mongrel was happy as a lark to be outside in the summer air and darted here and there sniffing the ground and jumping at butterflies. This amused me because I simply like dogs. As I watched I noticed the man who appeared to be in his late 50's reach into his jacket pocket and pull out one of those disposable gloves, you know the kind I'm talking about, the transparent rubber ones we all use when we want to keep our hands clean while doing some dirty job.

Well it didn't take long to see what he was up to as the pooch suddenly ceased running and sniffing every available shrub and bush. He had now found the exact spot he was looking for to do some business. Scratching in the grass trying to cover up his work of puppy art on the green grass, his master reached down and picked up the pickle just deposited. Mission accomplished, both retreated to the privacy of the condo they had come.

I appreciate this man taking care of the doggy doo left by his pet, goodness knows how we all hate to find we have just stepped into digested Gravy Train. Some years ago we were picking and grinning at our house and had invited a couple of musicians to come. the music was going great as we played our favorite tunes. One fellow who played mandolin was patting his foot to keep time and I noticed that the unmistakable smell of dog poop filled the air and I could see he had a glob of the stuff on his shoe. I informed my friend he had something on his shoe and it looked to be you know what?

A lttle embarrassed, he went outside and did the barnyard shuffle. He said he didn't know where he had picked that stuff up and apologized for getting it on our carpet. We didn't have a dog and I can't really say that he did not get it in our yard when he arrived but there was no evidence of a visit from any neighbor's dog near his vehicle.

In many cities there are curb laws and owners are responsible for cleaning after pets who soil the sidewalks or other places where there is foot traffic. Growing up a farm it was not uncommon to find manure on our shoes and in the summer time when we all went barefoot, squish chicken dropping between our toes. Shooooo! As we all know "It Happens."



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Hazards of the Barn

Growing up in the country and working with farm animals it was not uncommon to find pasture muffins in stables or around the barn. If you know anything about cows they sure can poop! They are not those tight or rolled diffication you see in horses or those little pills from goat but cow poop is often mushy and smells to high heaven. As a kid we sometimes would recite this little poem about cow business. "Little birdie in the sky, dropped some whitewash in my eye! Me no laugh, me no cry, me only glad that cows don't fly!"

I was a junior in high school and had a cow that I milked every morning and evening. My dad's barn was small and sometimes in the mornings, I would feed the cow and milk her inside her stable stall. I also rode a school bus so it seem I was always in a hurry to get my milking chore done in plenty of time to catch that old yellow bus. It was a good five miles if I missed the bus and had to walk or hitchhike to school.

One cold morning I was running late and hurried to get my milking chores done. It had snowed and our school bus did come to pick us up lthough school had not been cancelled. Once my milking was done I set out walking to school hoping I could hitch a ride from someone along the way.

I had walked about a mile or so and a truck stopped and gave me a ride into town. It was only a short walk from there to my high school. My classes had already started so I eased into my classroom trying not to disturb the class and took my seat next to a radiator. The heat sure felt good. It wasn't long before I began to smell cow manure!! I was wearing my boots and glanced down to see if i was the culprit making such a stink! Sure enough, cow manure was caked on my left boot!

I was embarrassed to say the least but thankfully my classmates didn't say a word. Between classes, I was able to clean up my boot but I wondered if I carried the smell of cow manure around all day.


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      Sunnie Day 5 years ago

      lol I can that we have chickens and they are free range on an acre...we do have to watch where we step..the only down fall that I can see...but our grass looks not know if it is fromt he pecking and poo or what?. Thanks for a great hub,


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      diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Yeah...Poo: Some smells OK, grazers like cows and horses, bt all carnivore poo is naaaasty. Mainly picked up here as the fines are heavy if you're caught leaving it (the woofs I mean). Somthing Freudian about writing hubs on poo!?? Bob

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      Donna Cosmato 5 years ago from USA

      Interesting but clever way to discuss what could be a controversial topic. I confuse I read this because the title hooked me in...I just had to see how you planned to handle this subject! Voted up!

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      galleryofgrace 5 years ago from Virginia

      Fiddleman, Glad to see you back- missed you. Love this article I appreciate your writing.

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      Robert Elias Ballard 5 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina

      Thank you DonnaCosmato,galleryforce,diogenes,and Sunnieday for stopping by to read and comment. Wishing you all a great day.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      A clever and funny way of looking at dog doo!

      Loved it and voting up.

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      Robert Elias Ballard 5 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina

      Thanks Movie Master for your comment.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      So it is you who has the nerve to write a hub about it! I've come close a time or two...

      Once it came in on brand new carpet thanks to an unsuspecting guest...they knew we didn't have a dog so they did not expect such a ghastly gift.

      We've had dog walkers come through our nice quiet neighborhood with leashed dogs, yet with no concern about their dogs business being deposited in our yards--in spite of laws.

      One woman had her large dog on one of those stretch out leashes and would allow it to run up in our flower beds to make its messes, as well as to run through (run down) our flower beds.

      A man allowed dogs he "rescued" (seems like that somehow gave him the right to force them on us) use our gardens for his bathrooms. Once he even let one come up to me and try to go as I was weeding. Just as he said, "Aw, you're just doing what comes naturally, aren't you baby?" I jumped up and shouted, "NO, NO, NO!" and they both scampered off.

      One day I'll write down all the stories for a hub...maybe...but probably not before I post a sign at each end of our street that says, "What makes you think your neighbors want your dogs to use our yards for their bathrooms? TAKE THEM HOME TO DO THEIR BUSINESS IN YOUR YARD!"

      I don't blame the dogs at all, just their owners...

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