I was in the middle of an afternoon outing at a tree farm with my two dogs when we stopped by the car for a drink of water. And to off-load a full doggie-poop bag. There was no trashcan in sight so I put the bag down next to the car to take away later. When we finally got home I realized the bag was still where I left it at the farm! Perhaps subconsciously I didn’t want to bring that bag into my car. I mean, eww gross!! Who wants a used poop bag in the car, to possibly break or leak and most assuredly stink!?
I called the farm to apologize, but still …
Scoop That Poop … And Trash It!
It is super important that people with dogs Scoop That Poop and trash it responsibly. (If you are inclined to just leave poop on the ground or kick it off a trail, be sure to read #ScoopThatPoop, a blog hop campaign hosted by Sugar the Golden Retriever, My Pawsitively Pets, and Oz the Terrier.)
I don’t want to repeat the tree-farm abandoned-poop-bag incident again.
But what do you do when you get back to your car with a full doggie-poop bag still in your possession and there is no trashcan in sight?!
The Makings of a Poop Can
Not long after the tree-farm incident, I walked past a counter-top compost pail that had been sitting on the ground outside my shed, unused, for an embarrassingly long time.
And I thought: “Why not use the compost pail?!”
I scrubbed the compost pail until it was nice and shiny …
found fresh filters for it …
sandwiched fresh lavender and rosemary between the two filters (for a little extra fresh-smelling reassurance) …
and put the pail in the basket in the back of my car where I keep other car-dog essentials …
Since the new Poop-Can big enough, I keep a small pile of plastic bags in the bottom to use as liners, as well as clean doggie bag rolls. As an added bonus, I can use the bin for any other stinky trash I don’t want the dogs getting into (e.g. handy-wipes used to clean the dogs after they rolled on rotten fish guts at the beach … .)
I never again have to worry if there’s a trashcan around for doggie-poop bag deposits when we’re out on the road!
Poop-Can Test Run
Zack is pretty reliable about making a deposit during hikes. Sure enough, on our Poop-Can test run we soon had a doggie poop bag to toss into the new can.
It was a nice sunny warm day, so I drove the long way home. By the time we arrived, the car did not smell at all! And I have a good nose. All I had to do was grab the can liner and throw it in the trash bin.
Dawn at Pet Auto Safety Blog makes very good points about why it’s especially important to pickup dog poop when traveling:
“… you want there to be more dog friendly places, right? Parks, rest stops, and hotels are going to be more open about allowing dogs if we pick up after them.”
Exactly right, Dawn. Well said.
P.S. Be sure to check out the #ScoopThatPoop campaign.