The average dog is a nicer person than the average person. — Andy Rooney
You know that sinking feeling you get when you realize you’ve stepped right in the middle of a pile of dog poop?
Well, it seems some communities have found a way to crack down on nuisances like this.
My son Domer called the other night and informed me apartment communities are using the science of DNA to find out which owners aren’t picking up deposits left by their pooches — and to fine them accordingly.
And why not? Dogs can’t pick up and flush their own waste, and poop attracts flies. Since the science is available, apartments and condos are finally able to crack down on violators.
For a one-time fee, an owner lets his dog’s saliva be swabbed and its poop tested by a DNA lab (PooPrints out of Nashville, TN, came up with the idea). The info is placed on file. If a violation occurs, the record is examined, and the owner of whoever laid the “egg” is assessed a hefty fine.
Let’s get something straight right off the bat — nobody likes to pick up dog waste. It’s smelly and squishy and, right out of the dog, it’s hot.
But that’s one thing you accept when you take on the responsibility of dog-ownership.
So when Dallas and I go for our walkies, I always carry along poop-bags, just for that purpose.
Because invariably, he’s wont to dump a load on the pristine grass of one of my neighbors — one of those Yard-of-the-Month sort of places. And I don’t want some old guy in a striped bathrobe and slippers screaming at us out of his back door!
Domer said apartment complexes used to get complaints of folks finding dog-doo in their underground garages. Seems dog owners didn’t want to walk Fido in the snow, so they figured a nice, heated garage would suffice. Can you imagine the stench if everyone let their dog poop inside — without picking up the waste??
Anyway, before DNA testing came along, nobody could prove whose dog left the deposit. Not so any more.
It’s a great idea, one I wish I’d thought of!