NOT QUITE AN ODE TO DOG POOP

There was an excellent Op-Ed in today’s (South Florida) Sun-Sentinel, by Miriam Halberstam, and linked as follows: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/opinion/fl-mhcol-dogs-oped0528-20130528,0,5534981,print.story. I believe that there are two very important points here, which Ms. Halberstam makes:  1. Don’t we all have more important things to do, or be concerned about? And 2. I really didn’t know that there were so, so many ways to describe the object of her story–dog crap.

When I come across such presents on our lawn, I merely consider that there will be more nitrogen going back into the soil–especially now that it is South Florida’s rainy season. Also, it tends to merely blend in with what’s left behind by the multitude of ducks that roam our neighborhoods, the occasional reptile or other assorted inhabitants of the Sunshine State.

Now, there should be more understanding among homeowners, especially where most homes are surrounded by a fair amount of grass. The person at the handle end of the leash, however, also needs to display some common sense–and courtesy to their neighbors. Many years ago, my Father used to get angry with someone who walked a German Shepherd and, every morning, it left a big load in the middle of his front walk, even though there was grass all over–and the curb was just a few feet away. But, I believe that Ms. Halberstam is merely referring to the normal “walk-by” visitor–without malice.

NOTE: I hope that you enjoy Ms. Halberstam’s column as much as I did.

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  1. #1 by Stephan on June 2, 2013 - 3:00 PM

    Worms convert dog poop into plant food.

    ———-
    Dealing with dog waste is probably one of the things every dog owner dreads!
    There are indeed millions of nicer topics to talk about than dog waste or dog shit (sorry for using that word but it is what it is)!
    But lets face it every proud owner of a German Shepherd, Jack Russel, Husky or any other breed will have to make a plan to get rid of his or her best friends waste.
    After all dog feces can be annoying, smelly and even the cause of disease. There are a lot of bacteria in dog waste including E. coli, and salmonella.

    Probably the most common way to deal with dog waste is to send the children into the garden or backyard on a regular basis to scoop up the smelly piles and throw them into the rubbish bin.
    This way we get rid of the problem in our backyard but the animal waste would still be dumped on the municipal landfill sites and pose a threat to the communal health.

    A much better way to deal with dog waste is to use earthworms or better composting worms to convert the dog shit into nutrient rich worm castings.
    Dog shit, is in an excellent food source for earthworms. Worms don’t have teeth and can only feed on soft decomposing materials.

    We have a worm bin or as I call it a “Pet poop com-poster” in the backyard that has been running
    exclusively on dog poop for close to 9 years now.

    The worms seem to be happy and their breeding activity in those worm bins is exceptional.
    Some of the benefits of using compost worms to recycle your dog poop are:
    ———-
    • No bad odors in the back yard or garden (healthy worm bins never smell)
    • Reduction of waste rotting on landfill sites
    • Constant production of worms that will recycle organic waste

    • Constant supply of fat worms for freshwater fishing
    • Constant production of worms that can be sold for extra income
    • Production of worm castings which can be used to fertilize flowers, trees and lawns, but should not be used to feed fruit and vegetables.
    ———-
    To get started you first will have to buy or build a worm bin.

    Then get hold of some earth worms for breeding stock.
    The most popular worms are Eisenia Fetida worms, commonly known as compost worms, red worms or red wigglers.

    If you can’t get them, then use European Night crawlers. They will work well too.

    Depending on the size of your dogs, you should add at least 500 to 1000 worms to the worm bin.
    The bigger your worm bin the more worms you can add. Worms tend to grow bigger if they don’t feel crowded.

    If you want to find out how you can set up a worm farm to recycle dog waste follow the attached link to find all the free information you will need.

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    Note: we have worked with dog waste for many years now and never had any health issues but it is a good practice to either wear rubber gloves or use a plastic bag when scooping up the dog feces.

    kind regards

    Stephan

  2. #2 by cheekos on June 3, 2013 - 6:41 PM

    Thnks very much, Stephen; so, now we have just about summed-up the case for Dog Poop.

    P.S. But, folks, don’r expect a trilogy on this.

    • #3 by Stephan on June 4, 2013 - 7:56 AM

      My pleasure, let the scooping begin :-)!

  3. #4 by cheekos on January 28, 2014 - 2:27 PM

    Personally, I wouldn’t recommend Myrtle Beach, S. C. for that get-away vacation. It gets very crowded and watch out if the tour buses beat you to the good restaurants. But, perhaps Raymond can “get a deal” for you. Noting by the time of his Comment, he must have had trouble sleeping in his rush to join-in the “Discussion” from…last June.

  4. #5 by Orval on February 18, 2014 - 2:02 PM

    Indoor Garden

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