Keeping Dog Poop At Bay! Yep! This Blog Has Gone To Crap!

Dog poop is the topic at hand!  Yes, that is what this post is about. Sometimes you just have to go there. GROSS; you might say! Well, NOT cleaning up your dog’s poop is exponentially “more GROSS”?! (I am sure that is not proper grammar.)
Let’s start with this reason why, which is probably the most important: 

BONE:  As with humans, canine feces is waste, which can carry organisms like Giardia, Salmonella, and E. Coli.  These organisms can be transmitted to other animals, and worse, humans.  If you think cleaning up dog poop is gross, wait until you see what comes out of your own body if you contract these organisms!  I am a Registered Nurse.  I can legitimately say GROSS!!!  In all seriousness, these can actually be fatal, in the worst case scenarios.

BONE:  Try and pick up dog poop before a known storm is coming through.                   Storm water can carry feces into water supplies.  Also, wet feces is difficult to pick up and even MORE gross.


C)  MONITORING DOGS POOP  You can tell so much about a                     dog’s health by it’s feces.  Keep dog poop picked up so that you                know when there is something that requires attention                                “happens”.

Knowing what comes out of your pet can be just as important, and informational, as knowing what goes in.  I could write a whole post on characteristics of feces, and indications.  Just know that normal is a firm, moist specimen. When you see something other than that, pay closer attention to what your dog is ingesting and how he/she is feeling.  Abnormal feces can simply be your fur baby ate something that upset their tummy, and will resolve on it’s own.  Abnormal feces can also indicate something worse, like disease or parasites.  If you note abnormal poop consistently, you may need to consult your vet.

D)  Clean play area! 

This is one of my best motivating reasons for keeping our yard free of poop!!  My pack is high energy, which means they are running and romping ALL the time!  I also enjoy going outside and playing with them.  No one wants to step in dog poop!  If left on the ground, they are, of course, running through the poop when they play, and that in turn, most likely tracks into my house! Say it with me:  GROSS!!!!

I use 3 things to clean my dog’s yard, and it is actually quite easy!  I use a a 5 gallon bucket that I line with a trash bag, and I use a “pooper scooper”.  I try to walk the yard and pick up at least every other day.

In the summer, this also makes mowing a much more pleasant experience.  (Pick up before you mow.) At least once a year, usually after the winter, I also run a rake across the dog’s yard, to get any residual droppings, and matted down grass from mowing and winter snow. 
Something To Chew On
:  Could it be that, by picking up, and handling a dog’s “markings”, that we reinforce ourselves as the pack leader?
Of course, for this to work, they would have to be outside with you when you are picking up their poop!  What do you think?  Truth, or am I full of ………  Well, let me close this post with one more suggestion.  Have an extra pooper scooper on hand, so when the motivation hits to get ‘er done, and then the current scooper breaks, you have a spare!  

PAWZ Dog Boots ~~~~~ Reviews By Rene’

Pawz Dog Boots – This review is going to be short and sweet!  Now don’t take that wrong, and assume I have negative things to say! To the contrary!  I think these little gems are awesome; and it is going to be as simple to tell you why as they are to use.  

1)  Easy to put them on. 

You just  have to stretch them out and slip them on their paws.  I put Hendrix’s on all by myself, with no difficulty. While Hendrix didn’t actually have an injury when we used them, if he had, and I had needed to wrap the paw, these would be great.  I would just wrap his paw, put the Pawz dog boots over the wrap, and the Pawz dog boots would keep the wrap on and free of dirt/moisture. 

2) Very light!

 When you are a hiker/backpacker, anything that adds extra weight to your pack is a big concern.  I have other paw protectors, and if I were going on, say, a 3 month AT adventure, I would probably take them. For now, those never make it into the “must have” items when packing my pack, because they are bulky. I was always hoping we come out of our hike without needing them.  I will probably never hike with my dogs, without Pawz dog boots again. Just stuff them in somewhere.  They will fit anywhere in your pack or pocket.
 3) Inexpensive enough to be disposable but durable enough to be reusable. 

4) Waterproof

5) They stay on!! 

6) Biodegradable

7) Easy to take off; just pull!

8) Hendrix barely even noticed they were on!  He just went on about his adventure.

9) When we were done with our hike, the Pawz dog boots were still like brand new,       even after some ruff and rocky terrain. 

AND!!!  With coming into a wet and rain/snow season, I am very excited to have found this product! Slip them on and send the dogs out. When ready to bring dogs back in, just pull them off and set them somewhere to dry!  Keep their paws and your floors clean with Pawz dog boots!

These Pawz dog boots are a new favorite product at our house!  

Blowing Springs Trail in Arkansas

Blowing Springs Trail in Arkansas

Hello Readers! Who has been to Arkansas? I am very happy to say, I am getting to frequent this beautiful state often lately! Our newest adventure took us to Blowing Springs Trail, in Bella Vista, Arkansas. While I have never seen this trail in the winter, I am guessing this time of year, spring, is the very best time of year to go. 

Foliage was exploding with every shade of vibrant green, with stimulating contrasts of yellow, purple, and the occasional  white and red blooms.  I saw several Cardinals fluttering about with squirrels periodically teasing Hendrix The Hiking Dog’s obedience.  Hen only gave into his temptations, and gave a short chase once! He actually does not care much for getting off the beaten paths. 

Blowing Springs Trail is adjacent an RV only campground, with a beautiful park area that has spring fed waterfalls.  After coming out of the trails, I decided to venture into the park area, and so glad I did.  We had the pleasure of meeting Crystal, and her fur babies; Fiona, a finely aged Chow mix, and Oscar, a young wiper snapper terrier mix! 

Fiona and Oscar, with the company of their human, Crystal, are living the life as current residents of the campground.  Very much appreciate this trio, for showing us their beautiful home away from home!

While Hen and I were on the trails, we found them to be immaculately kept, and easy to moderate maneuverable.  With that said, the trail could definitely use a marking system. While this trail does mark the mileage, there are no markers to keep one oriented to the trail.  

With that said, it was fairly easy to get off a certain course but not feel lost, per say, as there are houses here and there, and while the trail over laps itself, and twist and turns, it always seemed to end up back on the part of the trail that runs along the campgrounds.  No markers will not keep us from going back and exploring more.  While this trail is not as remote, or secluded, as I prefer, it truly is beautiful, and the foliage lets you pretend you are in the middle of nowhere.  I do want to add, however, that this is a high biker usage trail.  While I went early in the week, so the bikers were scarce, I am told that there are always riders, increasing in numbers on the weekend.  The riders I did encounter were very nice, but on busier days, I could see how it might be a bit frustrating for bikers and hikers to all be on the same trails.  All in all, I definitely recommend this adventure.  

And, if you are a regular reader, you know I love to try and find a unique “stop” on the way home from our adventures, and we were very successful this trip! Tontitown Winery is fantastic, as is their wine! (I bought 3 bottles!) And I love that they make their own wine on site, with locally grown grapes! Tontitown Winery is open year round, and if you happen to be in town in the spring/summer, you will find great live music on the weekends!  Go enjoy the atmosphere and wine!

                        Until next time!

                         HAPPY TAILS AND TRAILS!

Rene Savage