What a difference a month makes. It seems like only yesterday that the weather was warm, the sky was clear and blue, and I was enjoying some quality time with my dogs out in the yard. Now here we are at the end of November; the weather is grey, cold, and damp, and the weatherman is talking about the potential of snow on Thanksgiving. No wonder we’d all rather stay indoors.
For the most part, I won’t be spending much time in my yard until spring. Sure, I’ll grill something every now and then, but otherwise I won’t be in the yard unless I have to be. Once all of fall’s leaves are bagged, I’ll be about ready to call it a year. Whatever else remains to be done outside can wait until we get closer to spring.
There is one task that can’t wait, however, and that’s cleaning up after my two dogs when they poop.
My dogs enjoy being warm and cozy just as much as I do, but they need to poop every day – no matter the weather. And that means my yard will become more inundated with pet waste I the longer I elect to neglect my cleaning duties and stay inside. I won’t let that happen. So I can either set aside some precious weekend daylight to wander around in the cold, looking for poop – or I can find another option.
If I had some younger kids living at home – responsible ones, anyway – I’d have enlisted them for poop patrol duty. But my kids are off at college, too far away to get roped into cleaning up after our dogs – at least until they come home for Christmas. Then I discovered that there’s a local company that specializes in pet waste disposal: DoodyCalls. Their poop-scooping services are available in Gainesville and throughout the area. I had no idea.
Basically, DoodyCalls visits your yard, picks up all of the surprises your retrievers left for you, and then takes them far away. They’ll even leave a message card to let you know when the service was performed – I like that a lot. The first couple of times DoodyCalls cleaned my yard, I knew when to go outside and inspect their work. I didn’t find any surprises then, and I haven’t since.
Winter’s coming soon, and so are the holidays, and that means we’re all pressed for time. I’d rather spend what free time I’ve got doing something that doesn’t involve retriever poop; like enjoying a book with a hot cocoa at my side, for example. If that sounds like a good idea to you, too, you ought to see if there are any pooper scooper companies in your town. You just might be glad you did.